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 door open until I caught up because there was...Read More

Independent Learning And The Struggling Reader

"I feel like a baby, all the time. I want to be able to do school like everyone else," my son said a few months ago. Hesitantly, I asked him what he meant. "Everyone gets to do their school on their own and I have to always be with you so you can read to me." He's not wrong. He sees his big brother,...Read More

The Truth About Homeschooling Children With Special Needs

We have been homeschooling my fourteen-year-old son since he was eight years old. Last week he went back to school. He is enrolled in a Medieval History class at a private school, as part of a homeschool hybrid program. He wants to go. He wants to get away from his little brother. He wants to learn from someone other than me. He wants to...Read More

Homeschooling An Explosive Child

There were scratches up and down my arms and my mascara was smudged. I glanced in the rear view mirror and noted that my hair would also need to be fixed before I went into the office. I looked like I had been in a fight. The truth is, I had. As I drove away from my son's school, I fought back tears. "Just getting him...Read More

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 be able to do this.” ‘This time next year’...Read More