Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Hands-On Activities For The Struggling Reader (that really work!)

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!)

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

How Virtual Field Trips Help Children With Learning Differences

My eleven year old son was asked by his occupational therapist last week, to draw a picture of his least favorite thing. “It’s crowds,” he said. “I hate them. I can’t think anymore when there’s a lot of people. It makes me really anxious.” As he drew several stick people, all with evil eyes and crazy… Continue reading How Virtual Field Trips Help Children With Learning Differences

Homeschooling

What We Learned From Two Weeks In Public School

In what can only be described as a surreal moment, I found myself signing documents to enroll my son in public school last month. I love homeschooling. My sons love homeschooling. I write all about how much homeschooling has made a tremendous impact on my sons’ education, despite their learning differences. The longer we homeschool, the… Continue reading What We Learned From Two Weeks In Public School

Anxiety · Homeschooling

How Art Lessons Help My Anxious Child

“Look what I made for you, Momma!” I started to tear up. My ten-year old son had been in the hospital for several days and was very, very ill. But one of the things he looked forward to every day was participating in “art therapy.” “Here you go. I know you’ll want to frame it.” He… Continue reading How Art Lessons Help My Anxious Child

Autism · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

All American History And My Son With Autism

When my son was nine years old, he could recite every single date and event associated with The Revolutionary War. Seriously, every one. Somehow, our war for independence became a special interest (read: obsession) for my sweet boy. He talked incessantly about The Boston Tea Party, The Stamp Act, and the importance of Lexington and… Continue reading All American History And My Son With Autism

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Real Life Interest-Led Learning

My children are both wildly different. My oldest is a thirteen year old, self-professed computer geek with a strong interest in physics, non-fiction and occasionally, reptiles. My youngest is ten, energetic and delighted with any fictional account of adventure, with strong interests in geology, gemstones and occasionally, reptiles. My oldest is on the autism spectrum,… Continue reading Real Life Interest-Led Learning

ADHD · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

When Your Child Is A “Slow Learner”

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”

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Hands-On Activities Make History Come Alive

When I was in fourth grade, we learned about the Native Americans in my home state of California. We read a standard text book. It briefly mentioned that a staple of their diet was acorns, ground into flour, and made into a paste for bread. I remember being fascinated. We had acorns on a tree… Continue reading Hands-On Activities Make History Come Alive

Homeschooling · Just For Fun

When All The Crafty Things Fail

It’s been a heavy week here. Depression. Meltdowns. Medications. Doctor Visits. More Meltdowns. Cleaning Up After Said Meltdowns. Not our best week ever. So, it seems only appropriate that we end on a funny note. As a good friend of mine always says, “Laugh or die.” A few weeks back, I decided to get all… Continue reading When All The Crafty Things Fail

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 · 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

Homeschooling · Parenting

The Ups And Downs Of A New School Year

And just like that, summer is almost over. I’m not sure how it happened. I think time somehow speeds up when we are swimming, making s’mores, and eating Popsicles. It’s still warm outside. We are still swimming, still playing, still clinging to the last bits of summer. But the calendar tells me it’s time. We… Continue reading The Ups And Downs Of A New School Year