Books for dealing with learning challenges

We have three boys. The first two were a relative breeze to teach. Then came along our third. He marches to the beat of his own drummer, not content to fit into the methods or curricula of his older brothers. He s a very smart kid. He just doesn’t do school.

I have to confess we have thought about, even threatened to, send him to a government school. As we step back and think for a moment, we realize that we, his parents, are his best hope. Despite the “trained professionals” in the school system, schools simply aren’t able to tailor instruction to the individual.

We consulted many sites, books and experts in trying to understand our son. We are still learning. Here are some books on various learning challenges that might be particularly helpful to homeschoolers.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner

See our review of this book back in 2011. This book has been a great resource to us.

Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her struggling learner for 4th-12th grades. After he graduated, she interviewed 64 homeschoolers with children with different learning problems, including autism, learning disabilities, AD/HD, and other conditions. She distills their wisdom while conveying her own experience and insights. See

Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences

More and more parents are realizing that homeschooling is a great option for children with ADD, ADHD, and other special needs, Homeschooling parents can tailor the learning experience to precisely fit their child’s requirements, a critical neccessity in the develpment of special-needs children.

A Miracle in Reading: Intensive At-Home Remedial Reading Program

There is an entire series of Miracle in Reading at-home reading tutoring by Valerie Arredondo. This book (Green Level) contains the parent manual and all of the student consumables for level A, B, C and D. These books can also be purchased separately. This program was designed to be used by parents to give their children high-quality remedial reading instruction such as you would typically find in an expensive tutoring center, but at a fraction of the cost. This program can be used by any child, but will be especially helpful for children who have a reading disability or dyslexia, children who struggle with traditional workbook, pencil or writing approaches to learning.

Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool With Asperger’s Syndrome

Choosing Home will take you into the homes of Asperger families as they journey from survival of the playground bully to making it work at home. Hartnett embraces those pertinent questions raised by parents: Will I be limiting my child’s emotional and social development? How will I know if my teaching is good enough? What if I can’t cope? These questions and many more are answered in this touching and insightful narrative. This is a book of hope and encouragement to all parents with an interest in home schooling.

FIVE EASY STEPS FOR LEARNING TO READ ~~ With Activities and Stories for Beginning Readers of All Ages (Programmed Learning)

Follow the five steps in this book and help a non-reader to learn to read. Just spend a few minutes daily with your wishful reader of any age and work through the steps.

Homeschooling Curriculum for ADHD Children

This publication is designed to offer comprehensive information and guidance to parents and other adults that are in the process of cultivating a homeschool curriculum for a child that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling

While appropriate for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book has also been used successfully with adolescent and adult learners, as well as second language learners and students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Achieving Brilliance at Home: How Teach Your Child Almost Anything (Volume 1)

Is your child taught by the very best teachers available in your district? Are the best educational practices known to date utilized in teaching your child? Is your gifted child limited to flying just under the clouds because your school district doesn’t have the advanced classes he needs? Worse, yet, is your special child in an educational free fall to be delivered to you, uneducated or undereducated, as a young adult? Catch your child now (before it’s years too late) and save the future of your entire family. Learn how to teach your child almost anything…today!

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