My Favorite Things for Homeschooling with ADHD

We’re homeschooling several children with ADHD in our family, so we’ve had to make some major adjustments to our homeschooling approach over the years. One of the biggest adjustments has involved adapting my teaching style.

I tend to be a sit-down, book-learnin’ type of educator. I have ADD, so I’m not hyper and I’m capable of long periods of concentration. My hyper kids, though, are not, which means I had to adjust to them in order to help them learn. We’ve found a few items to be especially useful for helping our kids stay on task and pay attention. So today I’m sharing five of my favorite things for homeschooling with ADHD!

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Tools for Homeschooling Children with ADHD

  1. Digital Timer – I don’t use a timer that often, but when I do, it’s usually to keep me on schedule. I can get interested in a subject and talk for a bit too long, especially for my kids’ short attention spans. In general, I try to keep each subject to 25 minutes so that we can get up for a “brain break” a couple of times per hour.
  2. Squeeze Balls – Squeeze balls, or stress balls, are great for fidgety kids. They’re quiet, they’re small, and they don’t distract the other kids during lessons. Plus, they’re handy for moms who need a little stress reliever. ;)
  3. Nickelodeon FIT for the Wii – We make physical education a regular part of our school lessons. Sometimes we have P.E. outside and sometimes we use the video game Nickelodeon FIT on our Nintendo Wii. It’s packed with simple fitness activities for young kids, featuring Dora the Explorer, Diego, and other Nickelodeon characters. It’s really fun. I’ve even been known to get in on the game on occasion. :)
  4. Individual White Boards – Most of our kids are visual/kinesthetic learners, so any time I can take a lesson and make it interactive, the kids learn their concepts better. When we cover math, I use a chalkboard but I try to let the kids copy my work on their own white boards. They get to draw, write, and “see” each concept – all of which helps them grasp it better.
  5. The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks – This affordable ebook features simple activities that kids can perform during short “brain breaks” each hour. We had the opportunity to try the program last year and it gave the kids a simple way to move around and get themselves refocused for the rest of the school day.

And those are some of my favorite things for homeschooling with ADHD! We’ve found them all to be useful, especially when we’re covering complex subjects or topics that require concentration.

Do you have any tips for homeschooling active learners? We’d love to hear them in the comments!

Selena (2 Posts)

Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.

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3 of My Favorite FREE Homeschool Activities

Earlier this month I told you about a few of my favorite homeschool things. Now I want to share a few of my favorite FREE homeschool activities!

Three of my favorite free homeschool things!

1) Exploring Nature

Whether we’re finding new nature preserves to visit, looking for acorns in friends’ backyards, reading nature books for Science, or visiting the great outdoors of an area we’re visiting, we absolutely love exploring nature for school!

One example of this is on my Beach Learning Pinterest board where I pinned things we studied before a recent family vacation. I also pinned links to a few of the fun outdoors things we did while we were there!


2) Kitchen Learning

I absolutely love teaching my kids basic skills when we’re in the kitchen!

When one of my kids is learning to read, I’ll ask her what the next ingredient is on the list. Or I’ll point to a word and ask her to spell the word for me. Then we’ll sound out the word together.

My oldest daughter learned how to read, measure, and multiply fractions while we baked together. My youngest is now learning how to read the fractions and apply that to real life!

It’s fun to talk about how pioneers heated and cooled their food in the 1800’s. It’s also neat to look up things like how the first waffle cone was invented!

From discovering how different ingredients work together, to figuring out why oil and water don’t mix, recipes are a great way to experiment with a little bit of science! We also learn things like gram to ounce conversions, states of matter, and why raw meat isn’t safe but cooked meat is when we’re preparing food together.

3) Audio books

My kids and I absolutely LOVE audio books! We have a large set of audio books that we take on road trips, we snuggle on the couch while listening to our history lessons, and the girls are currently listening to Farmer Boy before they go to sleep at night.

My number one favorite place to find audio books (and other books for my daughter’s Nook) is on These are FREE classics that volunteers have recorded!

My kids also love getting audio books from the library and following along in the printed book while they listen. This is a great way for them to naturally improve their reading and vocabulary skills while having fun doing so!

farmer boy

If you’d like to see more of my favorite free homeschool resources, check out this article I wrote about how to homeschool for free or this article with a great list of 10 fun and frugal learning activities.

What is one of your favorite free homeschool activities?

Davonne (8 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”

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Three Things I Couldn’t Homeschool Without


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I cannot believe we have completed our first month of our 5th homeschool year! It makes me feel old and excited all at the same time. As a new homeschooler, I was flying by the seat of my pants, now as a veteran of a few successful years I have a slightly better idea what to expect. At least with my younger two.

Through the years there have been a few things that have become very important to our homeschool. I shared before my top three curriculum picks, so I wanted to share three things I couldn’t homeschool without.

GlobeHS Post My Fave Things

This globe is very important to me.  I was very close with my grandfather who passed away in 2009. After his death, I was given two things. One was a nativity set that he had promised me before he got sick. We put it up every Christmas. The other, was this globe, given to me by my grandmother since we homeschooled. She told me to take it, and remind my kids of their grandfather every time we used it. Can one homeschool without a globe? Yes, there are maps and other items you could use instead. But for me, I couldn’t imagine homeschooling without this particular globe.

My Well Planned Day Planner

Well Planned Day

My first few years of homeschooling we used Heart of Dakota and I never had a planner. I didn’t even miss having one. Then, when we left Heart of Dakota I wanted to get something to help me plan out my days. Now, I can’t imagine homeschooling without My Well Planned Day Planner.

I’ve confessed before, that I don’t technically “plan” ahead. I write in each day what we have done while grading papers. It keeps me on task with attendance, and has a place in the back to record grades. At the end of the day when I feel like we’ve done nothing….I can look at this and see what all we have accomplished. I love it, and plan to purchase one every year that we homeschool. You can go here to read my review on the Well Planned Day Planner.

Diet PepsiMust Have For Homeschooling

I will never, ever, deny the fact that I am a caffeine addict. It used to be Diet Dew, then I made the switch to Diet Pepsi (it was supposed to minimize my caffeine intake, it didn’t work…). Some people like coffee (yuck!), I like my Diet Pepsi. I honestly don’t think I would make it through my homeschool day without it. Well, I probably could….but I wouldn’t want to!

What couldn’t you homeschool without?

Misty (3 Posts)

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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