Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Interactive Books And My Dyslexic Learner

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

ADHD · Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

A Different Approach To The New School Year

It’s the first week of September. Moms are taking pictures of their freshly combed children in the morning, holding up cute signs with their grade levels. School buses are buzzing around the neighborhood again. And homeschool bloggers everywhere, are sharing their curriculum picks for the new school year. I’m like an addict with these posts.… Continue reading A Different Approach To The New School Year

ADHD · Autism · Dyslexia · pediatric mood disorders

My Children Are More Than Their Differences

Lately, there has been no escape from the endless lists. Of symptoms Of medications Of side effects Of doctors appointments Of helpful books to read Of therapists to see Of other people who have struggled with the same differences and grew up to be perfectly amazing Of diagnoses Of educational options Of future possibilities for… Continue reading My Children Are More Than Their Differences

ADHD · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Elementary Math For My Out-of-the-Box Learner

We spend a lot of time practicing reading with my ten year old, dyslexic son. Ask him about it and he will say that he works hard, but his brain just really doesn’t like to read. Ask him what his brain does like, and his first response will always be P.E. His second answer? Math.… Continue reading Elementary Math For My Out-of-the-Box Learner

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Why We Use All About Reading With My Dyslexic Son

We began homeschooling my youngest son when he was in kindergarten. He loved animals, getting messy and telling terrible jokes. (Five years later, he still does!) Having him home was fun, for both of us, almost all the time. The only exception was when it was time to practice phonics. We tried every single program… Continue reading Why We Use All About Reading With My Dyslexic Son

Dyslexia · Motherhood · Special Education At Home

When Your Ten Year Old Can’t Read

My son loves science. He constantly asks questions about the world, how things work, about animals, and chemical reactions. He subscribes to YouTube channels that show science experiments, for fun. He can name most of the periodic table of elements, without ever really being taught a thing about it. He exclaimed while playing at the… Continue reading When Your Ten Year Old Can’t Read

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

History For The Out of the Box Learner

I was cleaning the bathroom, when I heard my children giggling with delight. Not just a little laughter – no, the sweet sound of two little boys, genuinely giggling and having fun together. I smiled to myself. One of my favorite things in the world is that sound. I kept scrubbing (because bathrooms and boys…).… Continue reading History For The Out of the Box Learner

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

Starting The School Year Off Right

I love this season. Getting ready for the start of a new school year means I get to do all the things I naturally love. Planning our homeschool calendar. Typing up our daily schedule. Researching and (even better) ordering and unpacking new books and curriculum options. Buying new pens and pencils that we don’t need,… Continue reading Starting The School Year Off Right

Anxiety · Autism · Dyslexia

What I Want You To Know About My Children With Special Needs

When I look at all the paperwork from doctors and therapists (that I try and keep track of but somehow never really get under control) I can see it’s a lot. When we have a tough day, when both boys are exhibiting the more difficult signs and symptoms of their diagnoses, I know it’s a… Continue reading What I Want You To Know About My Children With Special Needs

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Because Moms Know Best – Here To Help Learning

I looked over the list of speakers and topics. Too many of them made me feel sad. “That would never work for my boys,” I thought to myself over and over again. I went to The Great Homeschool Convention last month, determined to encourage as many mommas, feeling the same sense of being different and… Continue reading Because Moms Know Best – Here To Help Learning

Autism · Dyslexia · Grace · Marriage

Motherhood – One Step At A Time

“Mommy, that would be so boring,” he said. “What?” I asked, sighing and thinking he was missing the whole point. “Walking around that big wall, for six days with nothing happening.” I looked down at the children’s bible in his sweet but very dirty hands. “Yes, I guess it would be,” I answered, beginning to… Continue reading Motherhood – One Step At A Time

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning

Parenting children with learning differences can be an immense challenge. For me, part of this challenge is that my sons’ learning differences also (necessarily) mean mothering differences for me. Eating, sleeping, showering, playing and yes, learning – all require a different approach in order for my sons to thrive. I have spent years trying to… Continue reading 25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning