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?

Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Top Resources For Homeschooling Children With Learning Differences

“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

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Hands-On History For My Struggling Learner (with Project Passport)

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)

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

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

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 · 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

Dyslexia · Parenting · Special Education At Home

Momma, Why Can’t I Read?

This post was originally published on Not The Former Things in 2014. After reading two books last week, my sweet son was thrilled. I was thrilled. We all were thrilled. But this week, basic words are a struggle again. He sees the words. He knows he used to know them. But his brain just can’t… Continue reading Momma, Why Can’t I Read?

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

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

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