Homeschooling with Autism: Sounding smart when questioned

 

Being eaten by the shark at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  Love the face!

I’m just gonna say it.  There are going to be people that either disapprove of homeschooling or think you aren’t qualified to do it.  You could get into many a lengthy debate with them.  I don’t anymore.  Now that I am fairly comfortable in my homeschooling mom role, it doesn’t bug me as much.  I have learned one thing that has helped out when the children are questioned. 

Teach them how to answer when people question what they are learning.  I have told Logan that this is the time when he can spout facts until their eyes gloss over.  Feel free to tell the person everything he knows about a subject.  Works every time for him.

Madison had a little more trouble with it. She’s my why do you want to know kid.  So, we practiced scenarious.  For example, if it’s someone at church , she could recite one of the Scriptures that she has memorized.  If it’s someone at dance ,which is a more likely scenario since she is the only homeschooled kid there, she could talk about an experiment we just did or her favorite activity that week.

We are not trying to act like we are better because we are homeschooling.  We are just trying to avert controversy if we can.I certainly have bigger things to worry about and this takes the pressure off quickly.   I highly suggest you practice your answer in advance if your child is uncomfortable answering the question.  This is what works for our family!

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Penny Rogers
Just a Florida homeschooling mom attempting to navigate autismland with my teenage son with autism and the rest of my goofy family. We love Jesus and live gluten free . One kid with celiac and one gluten free for his autism. We utilize the Charlotte Mason approach mixed with lots of field trips as well as jaunts to Walt Disney World. Just sharing my adventures to make you feel better about your family and maybe learn a thing or two that helps !
Penny Rogers

Penny Rogers

Just a Florida homeschooling mom attempting to navigate autismland with my teenage son with autism and the rest of my goofy family. We love Jesus and live gluten free . One kid with celiac and one gluten free for his autism. We utilize the Charlotte Mason approach mixed with lots of field trips as well as jaunts to Walt Disney World. Just sharing my adventures to make you feel better about your family and maybe learn a thing or two that helps !

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