Lira, our eight-year-old with Autism, loves homeschool.
Making the decision to homeschool Lira was extremely personal and I know that homeschooling may not be right for every child on the Spectrum, although it works well for us. I love that I can give her the individual, personalized attention she needs and that… we don’t have to worry about bullies.
Recently, I asked her what sh enjoyed about schooling at home instead of at the school where she attended kindergarten for a little while. This is her top ten:
1. I get to sleep late.
If I get Lira out of bed even one minute before she is ready, the rest of the day is all downhill. This lady LOVES her sleep… just like her mommy.
2. I like to cook my own lunch.
Lira loves to cook. She is not a big fan of eating and has some quirky sensitivities to textures, but by giving her freedom (with supervision) in the kitchen, she has grown brave and is eating a more diverse diet than ever before.
3. Mommy makes my math (printables) if I need help.
If Lira is struggling with a concept, I have the privilege of creating something that communicates directly to the way her mind works. Lira is very practical and super-dee-dooper visual. Her lessons have to engage her brain in a very logical manner.
4. I like to play outside.
Most of our science lessons and some of our art lessons are outdoors. Whether we are watching ice melt or looking at tree bark through a magnifying glass, Lira enjoys anything outside.
5. I get to pick fun games from the homeschool closet.
Lira is also a very kinesthetic learner. We have an entire closet of hands-on learning games and manipulatives. I love the flexibility of having items available to match our lessons and to give Lira a tactile experience.
6. Daddy can be my teacher sometimes.
Bill is an amazing father and a great teacher. Lira loves to sit and listen to him read books. Bill also teaches her music and Christian Apologetics.
7. I get to play with my brothers and sister whenever I want.
Our pediatrician often asks me about how Lira interacts with her siblings. I have to admit that she is an awesome, big sister. While we have moments where I have to emphasize self-control, those episodes are few and seem to be quite normal when I think about how I related to my own brother during childhood.
8. We get to go on trips to see different places.
Lira loves to travel to see our family in South Carolina. She is also super excited about a trip in February to Florida. However, most of our field trips are right around home: the grocery store, post office, paint studio, museum, library, and park.
9. I can bring Princess Peach to school.
Lira loves her Princess Peach doll. Sometimes, I wonder how gray the line is between imagination and reality.
10. I can wear whatever I want.
If you have an Aspie, you understand that the simple act of getting dressed can be a challenge. Some days, we stay in our pajamas and some days… MOST days… the felt, red cowgirl hat is an absolute necessity.
Why does your child love homeschooling?