Homeschooling My 11 Year Old Boy
Homeschooling my 11 year old boy isn’t easy, but it’s rewarding.
Although our circumstances are unique, I certainly feel like homeschooling an 11 year old would have some “obstacles” for everyone. It is that age, you know what I mean?
For some parents, it’s occasional eye rolling and chat back. For others, it’s children suddenly knowing everything, even after an informed discovery lesson that nobody CAN actually KNOW everything.
11 Years Old, It’s the stepping stones to being a teenager. I feel as If I have reached the eye of the storm, knowing full well I still have a battle on my hands when I cross to the other side.
I am what is called an “Unschooler”. While I don’t particularly agree that term suits my style perfectly – it’s as close as I get when it comes to homeschooling my 11 year old boy.
We do a lot of experiencing, rather than sitting at a desk to learn. This isn’t because my child isn’t expected to, it’s because for 6 years I tried. Tired of suspensions, specialists and stress, I opted for a relaxed learning plan.
We are legally registered with HEU and have a lesson plan. But we follow it loosely.
This was always expected when homeschooling my 11 year old boy. There was no point where I thought structured learning, rainbows and unicorns would be realistic for him.
Let’s face it, a good lot of us homeschoolers embark on this journey because we are at the last resort method to try and give our children the skills they need to be independent.
While my 11 year old has high functioning autism (and previously had cancer treatment) – I don’t judge anyone’s reason for homeschooling. I don’t feel that anyone needs to justify what methods they use.
It’s early days for me as a homeschooler, it has been around 12 months. We fill our days with excursions to places such as the museum, important landmarks and look, even shopping for groceries has it’s learning curves if you actively involve your child.
I take advantage of as many online resources as possible. Math is kept to a minimal as it’s a very sore point for my son (working memory has been affected, brain tumour). While I’d love to see improvement, I also think it’s important to spend just as much time refining and growing skills that have the most potential in a child.
Overall homeschooling my 11 year old boy has been life changing.
There are great Home School community groups on Facebook, target your area if you would like to make personal connections with other homeschoolers. This FREE Printable group on Facebook has over 25K members and consistently post great stuff!