The goal of high school is to work independently. You may or may not be preparing the child for college. Either way, the end goal is to help the child learn, at minimum, a few things on his own. I generally give all the children free reign to do those lessons wherever they choose in or outside the house. I keep myself available to them for help if they need it but generally these lessons are done on their own. They then return their work to their boxes for me to check . It keeps them moving in their lessons while also giving me accountability to look over their work . Mistakes are corrected at that moment not hours later.
I don’t know how to describe Madison. She can often be found hanging upside down from something. This is her backwards in the recliner doing her math. Yes, backwards. She often does her table work practicing her releves from ballet. I say if it gets the work done then I don’t care how she sits in the chair or what she practices at the table.
Same goes for read a loud time or other together lessons. If she wants to hang upside down while I read or we listen to an audio book then that is her choice. I do give her things to keep her still like drawing or a handicraft but she can be in any position that she wants. An indoor trampoline or exercise ball would help during lessons as well to give her a way to move around while learning. The amazing part is that she is not my child with autism. He is the one walking on the treadmill while reading. Anyway, don’t think that you can’t do a lesson because your child won’t or can’t be still. There are always ways to work around it.
Then there are days that we have to tote our work along to therapy appts. If you have a child with any sort of special needs then you have therapy appts. Some days it feels like all you do is go from appt to appt. This week alone, Madison toted her read a loud and Bible work to hippotherapy. We’ve been known to break out the art set to do picture narration in the middle of the waiting room at physical therapy or do our recitations in the parking lot. Bring what needs to be done and do it while you wait. It helps to pass the time quicker while either waiting for your turn or while waiting for the sibling to come out. Now, I do tend to have Madison bring something that she will need minimal assistance from me. The reasoning behind thist is I like to watch what they are working on with Logan. This way , we can work on it at home as well. If I am unsure of what they are doing, I’d rather ask while they are doing it than later. Therapists love me. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.
Lessons can be completed anywhere. Yes, there are times when you need them to sit and listen. But there are also times when the where doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it gets done. Don’t get so boxed into the model of children sitting primly around the table doing lessons that you frustrate yourself. You’ll be amazed at how much more your child can learn by letting them move around. Open up to the possibility that lessons can be done in a variety of places along with a variety of ways!
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