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 · Autism · Motherhood

The Choice We Make As Parents Of Children With Special Needs

“We want him to learn to be social, but not too social.” “Parents must be involved, but not too involved.” “He needs to you to accommodate his needs, but not enable him.” “We want him to make friends, but we don’t want the other kids to feel bad that he has a friend and they… Continue reading The Choice We Make As Parents Of Children With Special Needs

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

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

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 · Motherhood · Special Education At Home

When Your Ten Year Old Can’t Read

My son loves science. He constantly asks questions about the world, how things work, about animals, and chemical reactions. He subscribes to YouTube channels that show science experiments, for fun. He can name most of the periodic table of elements, without ever really being taught a thing about it. He exclaimed while playing at the… Continue reading When Your Ten Year Old Can’t Read

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

Special Education At Home (my new book is here!!!)

We made the decision to homeschool before we knew about either of my boys’ learning differences. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. We knew they learned differently, but we didn’t know why. School was not kind to my oldest, off the charts, acing every standardized test seven year old. The noise, the smells, the… Continue reading Special Education At Home (my new book is here!!!)