Outside the box kids can have a hard time finding social groups that are a good fit: it doesn’t matter if they are homeschooled or not. But when these quirky kids find the place they fit in, it can be
Out of the Box Kids don’t fit the one size fits all box. They are a little extra, more intense. They play harder and ask more questions. They carry a special toy longer and hate change. Their Brains that are wired differently due to a disability or learning difference. These kids challenge their parents to seek out of the box parenting and solutions.
As we sought to grow as parents it was frustrating to hear parenting experts offer formulas that didn’t work in my home. I learned to be a student of my children and learn their cues. I have learned to listen to their behavior and actions as well as their verbal communication. As Charlotte Mason says, “Children are born persons.” They think, act and feel. Honoring a child’s behavior as a method of communicating their feelings and needs validates them as people.
We keep the big picture in mind to nurture them into successful adults. When we have the big picture in mind we can worry less about grade level goals being met and enjoy the progress and growth of each child on their own schedule. For us this has looked like learning to tie their shoes at 10 instead of 5, and mastering the multiplication table at 7 instead of 9.
Out of the Box Kids don’t fit the standard, “one size fits all” box. They are a little extra, more intense. They play harder and ask more questions. They may carry a special toy longer and hate change. Their brains
Recent national events and our American History studies have led us to have many discussions about race, segregation and slavery with our kids. We hadn’t discussed it much previously because I wanted them to have the historical context for the
I’m Cynthia, homeschooling mom of 3 Out-of-the-Box kids. Normal at our house includes 2 trampolines, 5 sizes of pencils and indoor and outdoor swings and a whole room full of LEGOs plus 7 years of homeschooling and counting.
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