Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

How My Dyslexic Son Became A Writer

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

ADHD · Autism · Homeschooling · Learning Differences

The Hardest Part Of Homeschooling My Children With Special Needs

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

ADHD · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

A Typical Day Is Anything But

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

Homeschooling · Learning Differences · Special Education At Home

Shakespeare and Children With Learning Differences

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

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Learning Differences

Understanding My Children’s Learning Differences

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

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