This is a question we are often asked. As parents of two children, one of whom was diagnosed with autism, the development of our children is of paramount importance to us. After trying- and ultimately being unhappy with- a variety of traditional public education approaches for our children, we decided that the best approach for us would be to homeschool.
This was not a decision that was taken lightly nor is it one that we have all of the answers to, but it is a decision that we do not regret for a moment! We have seen such improvement in the communication skills of our son and my daughter has the freedom to progress at her rate of learning without being limited to the progress of the class as a whole. All-in-all, it’s been a great experience.
That doesn’t mean it hasn’t come without its share of heartaches. After being programmed to expect bribery and rewards for even the most basic of tasks, my kids are learning the value of pride in a job well done. We don’t bribe with candy to get good behavior, we simply expect good behavior because that is the right thing to do. This lack of constant ego feeding has caused the kids some frustration, but they are learning that rewards come as a result of effort and work- not simply because you exist.
Granted- we are still early in this process, but I am excited about the progress I have seen so far!
The curriculum we are using as a basis for our homeschooling education is Robinson Curriculum. I highly recommend it and it is a VERY affordable homeschooling solution for those who are wanting to give homeschooling a try but don’t have a tone of available funds at the moment.
For more information on Robinson Curriculum, check out http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/