SPED Homeschool Community Member Nick H.
Last year I became a homeschooling father to a 7-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy. My son’s mom had already started the home school process with him, but as circumstances dictated I took over from there.
At first, I assumed homeschooling would hold a kid back from the sped up progress that traditional school settings achieve. I could not see how a few hours of school work at home compared to 8-hour traditional school days could equate to greater learning outcomes. This year has taught me that equating time to learning was wrong.
Being a father who homeschools has given me an alternative view on homeschooling and the advantages it provides my son like one-on-one teaching, reduced distractions, and individualized accommodations.
“…I have learned how much easier I can accommodate for the needs of my son at home versus the process an equivalent accommodation would require in a traditional school.“
Homeschooling has given me a new appreciation for education. As a parent of a child that has Cerebral Palsy, I have learned how much easier I can accommodate for the needs of my son at home versus the process an equivalent accommodation would require in a traditional school.
Teaching as a homeschooling parent isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. The way my son interacts with his mom and I during his schooling is amazing. He seems so much more focused and confident in doing his schoolwork. Watching him grow and learn has been the biggest highlight on my new homeschooling dad journey.