One of the greatest aspects of homeschooling is the flexibility we have in providing an education for our children. Some students are auditory learners, while others are visual, kinesthetic or a little of each. Some children need accommodations so that the ground is level at the roads of opportunity in their future. It is my opinion that it is most often wise to have children tested to document the challenges, as well as to provide possible diagnoses so that the accommodations can be validated and gathered for the future for use in college entrance and beyond. Parents should seek to provide these as the suspicion arises, perhaps after the child has completed the 3rd grade.(many students need the first three years to mature and acclimate to the educational methods and materials). There are some free testing possibilities, as well as some some additional avenues with great financial savings to determine if your child needs accommodations in his learning journey. You might be surprised at how the burden might be lifted from the teacher by finding that piece of the puzzle.
Susan Blackwell has homeschooled her 3 children for 18 years, one of which has Special Needs. She has a BS in Secondary Education, has taught in a Christian school and has directed Special Needs Parents in curricula counseling, as well as providing practical helps in the areas of accomodations, etc. Susan has been testing homeschoolers individually and in group settings for more than 20 years.