Homeschooling With Special Needs

You might be surprised to learn that homeschooling my children, particularly because of their special needs, has actually made my life easier.

(Not easy – easier.)

Mostly because my oldest son’s experience in school was difficult. It was really, really difficult – for both of us. Homeschooling has never once been harder than that season in our lives.

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Homeschooling With Learning Differences And Special Needs

If you have considered this option for your child, but are worried that you won’t be able to do it well, you are not alone. Every single momma I know who homeschools her children has exactly this same fear. And every single one of their children, are learning and thriving.

While I don’t think that homeschooling is for everyone, all the time, I do think you should never dismiss it because you are worried about your ability. Like anything else with our children, there are some things we just have to figure out as we go.

Homeschooling is like that, only with field trips and clay.

If you are a momma currently learning at home, I am so glad you are here. We need all the help we can get!

Let’s figure this out together, shall we?

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More real life homeschooling examples and resources:




Everything that I have learned as a homeschooling mom, I’ve learned through trial and error, tons of prayer, and from asking questions anywhere and everywhere I can.

These are my favorite places to turn when I have questions about homeschooling.

Recommended Resources for Homeschooling and Homeschooling With Special Needs

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas   by: Linda Dobson

The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism  by:Kristine Barnett

Educating the WholeHearted Child   by: Sally and Clay Clarkson

Simple Homeschool (blog)

The Homeschool Sisters Podcast (blog and podcast with two of my favorites!)

Homeschooling With Dyslexia  (website – includes individualized classes and coaching for parents whether or not they are homeschooling their dyslexic child)

And I have also written a book about homeschooling my two out-of-the-box boys.

Homeschooling can be delightful. It can be stressful. It can be lonely. It can be difficult. And I think it’s always better to do it with friends. I am glad you are here!

Please contact me directly for more information about learning at home.

With so much love,


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9 thoughts on “Homeschooling With Special Needs

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      Thank you for the resources. My daughter is four and attends a special education preschool class. I have begun to think about homeschooling but I do wonder if I would do as good a job as her teachers. I have seen improvement in her over the past year she has been in school. She is also an only child and we just moved to a new state so I think the social aspect of school is good for her (she is good with other adults who interact with her but she usually ignores other children or she will watch them). I do worry about special education and don’t want her to get stuck. I want her to be continually challenged and if the school doesn’t do that, then I will need to.

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      Shawna, can you please share where you found those 3D letters? I’ve been through all your resource pages that I can find, and can’t find them mentioned. Thanks!

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      This is probably silly question. But, my 8 yr old is supposed to be in 3rd grade. However, he is not reading. What so I say? He is supposed to read for shabbat school class. He needs to stay in the class with his peers. He is not doing 3rd grade work at home. I am not concerned at home, just concerned when he is out…Same for my younger. Mostly, I want to know what other parents are doing.

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      I am so grateful to have stumbled across your blog. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on and absorb and have inundated my husband with text links to some of your blog entries explaining exactly how I feel (but couldn’t find the words to say). We withdrew our 12yo Monday from 6th grade public school. Every year was getting worse. He was now refusing to go to school. I was scared to death to pull the plug but now feel like such a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Question: how do you stay organized or how did you in the beginning? I’m overwhelmed with everything and feel like I need some type of organizer to get started but don’t have a clue where to look. For now, we are focusing on anxiety management and deschooling before we start slow but I’m anxious to get started. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your feelings of guilt and shame, for admitting how hard parenting is and for cheering us all on in our trials and tribulations. And for lighting the path along the way so I know where to even start.

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        Thank you so much for your kind words, Julie! I am so glad you are here.
        I am working on a post about this exact topic and am not sure I can answer your question with as much detail as I’d like here. As a brief overview, here is what I would say – it’s OK to not remember everything, or even keep track of everything – especially as it relates to homeschool. When you are first getting started, it is overwhelming enough! Start with the basics – choose a few great books, an appropriate math option and maybe a few activities for science. Once you get started and have an idea of what everything will actually be like for you and your son, things will more easily fall into place. There are a few files that I keep current at all times – #1 – Whatever your state requires as far as homeschool attendance and portfolios. #2 – Current Medical Records #3 – Most recent evaluations and/or last IEP. #4 – Running log of what we are learning each day (I write this as we go and it is literally just me recording that we watched a You Tube video on Ancient Greece, so that I feel like we are learning, even on the days where it seems like we aren’t!).
        As I said, I am working on a post that will hopefully make this easier and less worrisome for you. I hope these notes help in the meantime and please let me know if you have any questions at all as you get started!

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      Good evening how do I get information for homeschooling for my daughter she is a special needs child with a IEP I live in Loganville Georgia

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      Hi, I’m mother of child with special needs. We are from the Bay Area Can I homeschool my son?Since, 2014 for high school my son have dropped down drastically. In Monterey Ca. This is his district school, and I have call multiple emergency IEP, to talk to teacher and talk to the director in charge, but she state that’s how far they can do.
      My son was born with Danny walker modern systems which is a system that make him be slower but good In any abstract. The Dr’s told me that working with him with OT and speech therapy he would do good in life. The first school he when to for elementary, and middle school he did great. Joe my son, would have PE with typical student and have eat lunch with children of his age. His placement classes would be with regular student and he would have one teacher aid next to him to make sure he hard the lessons because my son is dead in one ear only.
      In high school the director place him in a close room where he couldn’t socialize with other kids.
      Since, then my son has been under sprees, depression and academia he when down as well.
      I’m seriously thinking doing homeschool because with the colvi19 I have i teach him adult skill, cooking, walking in light traffic. Joe got the opportunity of learning what he shot of known by his age present . Since the school has only one program for all kids from ages 18 to 22 that’s all what the program afford. Three classes are in three different categories. The fist two years of adult transition program the director place his in modern to high function. This year the director place him in a low critical function for no reason.
      My son is being mistreated by the director and school program.
      I need to help him. Can I home school him?
      The sooner the better please!

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