Kathy Kuhl is the author of several books for homeschooling parents. In a recent interview, she describes her books and offers help for parents of struggling students.
Your book, Homeschooling the Struggling Learner, is designed as a handbook for parents in a similar situation. What types of topics are covered in the book?
Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner is designed in a way that parents can jump in where they need to.
Part 1 helps you count the cost and decide whether homeschooling is for you;
Part 2 helps you understand your child’s needs, your educational philosophy (yes, you have one), and the professional help you can get;
Part 3 helps you plan, shop for, and set up your homeschool;
Part 4 addresses some basic concerns: reading, writing, math, study skills (which ought to be a basic, but is often neglected), how to write tests, and a special section on homeschooling through high school;
Part 5 helps you keep going: social aspects, support, family life, and parental sanity.
Your latest book is called Encouraging Your Child. Could you tell me more about it?
Encouraging Your Child, my newest book, just came out. I discovered what helps parents of struggling learners to encourage their children also helps any parent. Every parent wants to encourage their kids more effectively, to avoid accidentally discouraging their children, to use rewards and treats more effectively. My new book covers these topics and also how to help children develop the habits of mind and body that will help them keep going even when we weren’t around.
If you could give parents with struggling learners one piece of advice to take with them today, what would it be?
I would say to parents of struggling learners, don’t be afraid to homeschool. Dedicated parents who are investing time in their child’s school, in understanding their child’s needs, and in getting that child to therapies and other helps, sometimes find that homeschooling reduces their stress.
Homeschooling children who learn differently doesn’t mean sitting alone with them at the kitchen table. There are many resources available to help parents craft and coordinate a custom education for their extraordinary children. My website can help.