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Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner Review by Christine Field

Kathy Kuhl
Learn Differently, LLC
PO Box 711241
Herndon, VA 20171

This is a carefully thought-out, well-written and researched, encouraging and personal book about the challenges of raising and teaching a child who learns differently. Kathy Kuhl honestly shares her journey of teaching her own son, through the struggles as well as the successes.

Making the decision to answer the call to homeschool your struggling learner is a tough one. Kuhl asks us to consider whether school is working, whether homeschooling is a good fit and whether a return to school is a better situation. The next section, Laying the Groundwork, addresses attitudes and assumptions, learning problems, diagnosis and professionals, treatments, therapies and teachers. I appreciated her frank discussion about our own attitudes - how do we view this child who challenges our world? We need to respect that they are whole persons who have many needs beyond learning academics.

She then dives into planning for teaching, including setting goals, teaching approaches, curriculum, adapting and creating materials, and getting started. She discusses how to summarize and set goals, recognize your preferred teaching style, what to look for in curriculum and how to adapt that curriculum or create unique materials for your child.

The next section covers common problems encountered with math, reading, writing, study skills and test taking, and homeschooling through high school. She shares strategies and accommodations to help your child navigate these difficulties.

A final section encourages us to keep going by utilizing outside resources, support groups and keeping all of the rest of life in balance.

Sprinkled throughout the book are specific curriculum recommendations and suggestions for further reading. An in-depth study of this helpful handbook will give you the confidence to step out in faith to homeschool your struggling learner.

Product Review by Christine Field, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May, 2009