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!)
“There…in the…wa…wa…water was a boy.” My youngest son struggled to read the sentence. Again. I tried to encourage him, my heart sinking. “Good. Keep going.” As he worked harder than any eleven-year-old boy should have to just to read The Story Of Ping, I thought to myself, “Surely by this time next year he will… Continue reading How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?
“I can think of better ideas, Momma, if you just let me walk around.” My eleven-year-old son was narrating a story, as part of our writing lesson for the day. I was typing his words as he spoke them and had asked him to stay close to me so I could hear him spin his tale.… Continue reading Movement and Learning For The Older Child
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
I used to be a little bitter when I cooked dinner and then my husband didn’t do the dishes. To be fair, most nights he would, but some nights, not so much. I would also hate my life when the laundry needing to be folded piled up on my bed throughout the day and I… Continue reading Mom Confession: YouTube Makes My Life Easier
“I can’t seem to find anyone who homeschools their child. My son is 13 and is autistic and epileptic. I have never met anyone else in similar situation. I feel so alone and don’t know if I’m doing anything right. I have nothing to compare it to and no help at all. Any ideas. Thank… Continue reading Top Resources For Homeschooling Children With Learning Differences
I wrote an entire post last week whining about how hard it is to be consistent with our routines. Turns out, I am not alone in this quest to figure out how to maintain the flow of our days. Many of you asked for more information about what our routines are, no matter how bad… Continue reading Weekly And Daily Routines (that are not so routine)
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
Mom confession time. I totally let my son watch four episodes of SpongeBob yesterday. In a row. I dozed on the couch with the aggravating sounds of Squidward and Patrick in the background. It was my son who stopped the incessant music playing at the end of the episode. “I’m bored,” he said, looking at… Continue reading Why Are Consistent Routines So Hard?
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
My child ate kleenex in his therapy session last week. He nonchalantly picked up the box, pulled out a few pieces and started taking bites like it was a turkey sandwich. When he was done, he broke the box itself in half, put it on his head like a hat, and got back to coloring… Continue reading The Hardest Part Of Homeschooling My Children With Special Needs
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
When I was in the sixth grade, I auditioned for our school’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. I was confident that I would land one of the starring roles. I didn’t. In fact, I wasn’t cast in any role. (Turns out my acting ability wasn’t quite what I thought it was…) The drama teacher… Continue reading Shakespeare and Children With Learning Differences