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Not only for the gifted and the average children, homeschool will also work for the slow learners. Today I would like to share some tips on how to homeschool slow learner children. Often time’s parents find out that their child is a slow learner. This can be devastating when you’ve grown up thinking a slow learner means uneducated or unable to learn. Children who are classified as slow learners are not unintelligent children. Each child is born with the ability to learn and soak in knowledge like a sponge, but some children soak knowledge in a bit slower than others. This doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong with your child.
When you opt to homeschool your children, you’ll realize firsthand how intelligent your slow learner is. A student who isn’t able to catch on to concepts as quickly as the rest of the class will often suffer in a traditional school setting. The school will desire to label the slow learner as less than worthy of a regular education, possibly recommend additional help and will often make your slow learner feel as if they’re not good enough. Today I want to share a few tips on how to handle your slow learning child, this will surely make them feel more confident, achieve more and lead a happier lifestyle.
How to Homeschool Slow Learner Children
Provide Minimal Homework
During your homeschool sessions with a slow learner, they may fall slightly behind the rest of your children’s learning. Since your child is going to grasp concepts a bit slower and differently than their siblings, you’ll want to assign minimal homework. Rather allow your child who tends to learn a bit slower have extended hours to work on homeschool classwork. This will make them feel more confident to work at their own pace and not get overwhelmed with too much on their plate.
Use a Buddy System
Your child may be a slow learner, but seriously, so what? Use a buddy system with your children during your homeschool sessions. Have a sibling, who perhaps can learn a bit faster and has worked ahead of your curriculum work with their brother or sister. Using the buddy system will provide less pressure on your slow learning child because they’ll be learning from a peer who more than likely will understand how to teach your slow learning child at their level more than an adult might. Using a buddy system is a fabulous way to encourage teamwork and let your slow learner see that they’re part of a team.
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Practice a lot of Patience
When teaching a slow learning child in the homeschool environment, you may find yourself getting frustrated. If you’re not a slow learning human yourself, then it may be difficult to comprehend why a child of yours is slow to catch on to the concepts being taught. Let go of your expectations of having homeschool work completed within a specific timeframe. When it comes to your slow learning child they are going to do the work and learn the concepts, but at their own pace. This will help your child feel more confident and open to learning.
Teach Interesting Subjects
You can easily mold a homeschool curriculum to teach the same concepts that your other children are learning but in a different way. Slow learners may not be slow to learn, they could potentially just not have an interest in learning unless it’s something they desire to know more about. Slow learners may develop a quicker learning process if you switch up how you’re teaching a school concept such as science, math, and reading so that it matches the interest of your child. Often times, when homeschool parents notice that they have a child who’s slow to learn, they’ll practice exchanging their regularly scheduled curriculum into something the child enjoys. At this time, the parents will witness an amazing transformation; their slow learner is quickly advancing in classwork.
Easy Subject First
What lesson do your children start first at the beginning of their study time? Many people said that the most “important” subject should come first because the first hour is the prime time as the children still have the fresh brain. For many children, this system might work, but not all children have the same speed of thinking acceleration. It is like a car that some cars will need more time in warming up, so do the children need. When you force them to think harder in the beginning of the day, they will be stuck earlier and it will lead to the frustration. They start slowly and the will be getting slower and slower. There isn't any enthusiasm in learning. Thus, start with the subjects that children like first. This fact is very interesting for me. You can read more about the morning routine in Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most by Pam Barnhill
There you have it, a few ways you can work with your homeschool studies to make sure every one of your children is learning. Raising a slow learning child is not the end of the world. You can adapt to teaching your child in a way that resonates with them so that they excel every day.