Homeschooling · Learning Differences

Life Skills Matter (so why do I treat them like extras?)

He takes a shower without too much fuss, but the steps required to actually bathe are something we are still working on. He is still struggling with basic introductions and goodbyes. Any process involving more than two steps or simultaneous actions is not easy for him. Last week, he stood outside the car with the… Continue reading Life Skills Matter (so why do I treat them like extras?)

Homeschooling · Learning Differences

Why Brave Writer Is Such A Big Deal

I read something about Brave Writer almost every day. Blog posts, Instagram, Email marketing, and Facebook have been screaming at me about this program for over a year now. My closest online, homeschooling friends have been raving about the “lifestyle” and “poetry tea time” in a way that rivals how plenty of moms sounded when… Continue reading Why Brave Writer Is Such A Big Deal

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Learning Differences

Top Online Reading Programs For Learning Differences (that you can actually afford!)

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!)

Homeschooling · Learning Differences · Special Education At Home

How Do I Know My Child Is Making Progress?

“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?

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Learning Differences · Special Education At Home

Learning To Read With Special Needs

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

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

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