I remember clearly the first time my youngest son sat down at the computer for a reading lesson. He was eight years old and had been struggling for years with standard curriculum approaches. He was totally defeated by his lack of progress. I was totally defeated by his lack of progress. With only two months left… Continue reading Top Online Reading Programs For Learning Differences (that you can actually afford!)
My son is eleven years old. I clearly remember him in his sweet little preschool classroom at four years old. He loved the arts, the crafts, the playtime and the other children. But the letters, the writing his name, the sounds? Not so much. Even back then, it was obvious that reading was not his… Continue reading 7 Simple Tips For Parents Of Struggling Readers
Teaching my youngest son history has been a struggle lately. He loves the stories. He loves to hear about real-life in ancient times. He adores the gritty details of battles. He dreams of going back in time and being able to live like the ancients. But lately, just hearing the stories hasn’t been enough to… Continue reading Hands-On History For My Struggling Learner (with Project Passport)
My youngest son is eleven years old. He has been trying to learn to read now for almost seven years. Day in and day out, practicing the sounds, the sight words, the letters and the blends. Seven years. I have been trying to teach him to read for seven years. Day in and day… Continue reading Learning To Read With Special Needs
My youngest son loves to tell stories. Elaborate, epic, complicated and funny stories. He is always, always the hero. Much to my chagrin, his mother is usually the villain. (Sigh.) He has been telling stories for as long as I can remember. My little storyteller is also the subject of much concern in most educational assessments.… Continue reading How My Dyslexic Son Became A Writer
I leaned over the kitchen counter, my head in my hands, and tried to take a few deep breaths. The house was a disaster, I hadn’t finished reading lessons my youngest in three days, I was still in my pj’s at 11AM, and my eleven year old was melting down over not being able to buy… Continue reading Lies I Believe About Being A “Special Needs Mom”
When I first started homeschooling, I could barely picture the elementary years. I went to school to be an elementary special education teacher – I felt like I should have an idea of what to expect. But middle school and even worse….high school? No idea. A Typical Day Is Anything But I have no idea… Continue reading A Typical Day Is Anything But
My youngest son was in preschool for two and half years. He loved it. Except when they colored letters, wrote their names, and practiced reading basic sight words. He used to get in trouble for laughing when he was supposed to be serious, for being rambunctious when he was supposed to be still, and for… Continue reading Understanding My Children’s Learning Differences
My youngest son is ten years old. He is 100% sure that he is a man now, except for the times that he is 100% sure that he would much rather be a little boy. He waffles between asserting his independence and crawling up on my lap to snuggle. And the older he gets, the… Continue reading Hands-On Activities For The Struggling Reader (that really work!)
He threw the book and stomped off to his room. “Don’t you understand?” he yelled, clearly frustrated. “I have dys-A-lexia!” As he slammed the door, I tried to sort through all my reactions – smiling because of the way he pronounced dyslexia, bitter because he threw the book and we have been trying to help… Continue reading Just Because It’s Difficult, Doesn’t Mean You are Doing it Wrong
This post was originally published on Not The Former Things in 2014. After reading two books last week, my sweet son was thrilled. I was thrilled. We all were thrilled. But this week, basic words are a struggle again. He sees the words. He knows he used to know them. But his brain just can’t… Continue reading Momma, Why Can’t I Read?
My youngest son is ten years old. It took him three years (count them, three years) to learn the alphabet fluently. Four years to spell and write his first and last name correctly. He still sometimes fails to recognize basic sight words, that he has been practicing for the better part of five years. I… Continue reading When Your Child Is A “Slow Learner”
It’s Sunday morning. How many families are fighting to get their kids out the door today, and into that Sunday school classroom? When I was a single mom, I used to look at the clock on a Sunday morning and count down the hours and minutes until my sons would be checked in to their… Continue reading Why Does Sunday School Have to be School?
When my son was in preschool, he carried a particular book around with him all the time. In the car, to the grocery store – he even slept with it. It was his favorite book. It had beautiful pictures of animals, and little interactive boxes and slides. He loved it. Now, that little boy is… Continue reading Interactive Books And My Dyslexic Learner