I was looking for books on homeschooling children with ADHD at my library and came across this title. It looked interesting, but at the time I was interested in books like that sounded slightly more “academic.” You know, books with titles like The Gift of ADHD and Homeschooling the Child with ADD. As it turns out, neither of those books were especially helpful to me, so I decided to request this one.
Unlike the other two books, this one is pretty fabulous. It gives practical, useable techniques for teaching kids that can’t sit still and/or focus on traditional school work. Carol Barnier is a mom who has been there, is there, and she GETS it. She deals with her son’s ADHD all day, every day, and she still manages to impart her wisdom with wit, style, and a good dose of humor. I gleaned several wonderful learning ideas/games, techniques, and more. I now have lots of ideas for using the whole body in movement while learning.
Also, I reaffirmed some things I have already been doing…like having Cole and Zoey sketch or build with blocks while listening to me read, or having Cole listen to classical music with headphones while he reads to himself. It only took him bawling one time (because he was reading and reading and reading a page and was not able to focus on what it said) for me to realize he desperately needed me to figure out something to help him. So I did. It felt good to read about someone else struggling with the same thing and coming up with the same solution. I don’t mean that I am happy that my son (or hers) are struggling, but I am glad I am not alone, and not a total idiot. Maybe I can figure this stuff out after all!
This book helped me drop a load of guilt after reading some of her bad experiences. She went through the same process of trial & error that all homeschooling parents go through. I have realized that it’s my job to help my kids stay focused right now, until they can focus for themselves, and it’s my job to figure out how they learn. Carol calls this finding the right key.
So, if you are looking for a book that can actually help you deal with teaching your ADHD/distractable/fidgety kids TOMORROW, this is the book for you. It gives real advice that you can use to get started right away, which is apparently rare in books about teaching kids with ADHD.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.