He felt like a fail­ure and thought school didn’t fit him

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Kathryn Lowe says her son has thrived with homeschool­ing af­ter his needs weren’t ad­dressed at school. “We went through day care, preschool and did two years of pri­mary school. Corey has ADHD and ODD, a se­vere anx­i­ety dis­or­der, and was re­cently di­ag­nosed as be­ing on the spec­trum.

It was prob­a­bly when he was around three that his teach­ers at preschool said he was very clever, but wouldn’t sit down in story time and re­fused to play with the other kids and had started to be ag­gres­sive.

I had never heard or con­sid­ered homeschool­ing, I thought it was just some­thing for hip­pies and re­li­gious nuts.

I’m not blam­ing the school sys­tem nec­es­sar­ily, they don’t have the time and didn’t have the train­ing.

But I had a child who was so skinny, he never ate, and I rang my hus­band one day and said I’m go­ing to home­school, I’m not tak­ing him back to­mor­row.

I started out with a sys­tem of school at home and set up a lit­tle class­room with books that matched the cur­ricu­lum.

It didn’t work ev­ery week, he’s just the kid who doesn’t fit the sys­tem. He doesn’t learn by sit­ting down and learn­ing from books.

Grad­u­ally, through be­ing part of Face­book com­mu­ni­ties for homeschool­ing and meet­ing and talk­ing with other mums, I learned dif­fer­ent ways to teach that didn’t in­volve him sit­ting down.

He’s now a com­pletely dif­fer­ent child. Within a year he stopped the vi­o­lent be­hav­iour. He stopped think­ing about him­self as the naughty kid and is so much more co-op­er­a­tive. He al­ways felt like a fail­ure and thought school didn’t fit him.

We’re plan­ning to also home­school Ash­ton (our younger son). You do what is right for each child. If he ever asks to go to school, we will cer­tainly en­rol him.

Pic­ture: Justin Lloyd

Kathryn Lowe with her sons Corey, 11, and Ash­ton, 20 months.

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