Late Reader or Learning Disability?

Why the wait-and-let-them-learn-to-read-naturally approach can be harmful to some homeschooled kids.  My oldest child was nearly 8, and still, he couldn’t read beyond cat-sat-hat. We made our way through reading curriculum but by age 7, he was still not reading and I was worried. And then one day, he picked up a Harry Potter novel and slowly but most certainly, he read.    It was a beautiful moment, one...

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How to Teach Kids to Memorize Their Address and Phone Number

Here’s an easy way for kids to memorize their phone number and address (actually this technique works with anything you need them to memorize, from preschoolers up to teenagers). And they can do it while they are on the go.  We are creating a muscle memory by using hands-on learning and I have a free download for you that makes this activity super easy. {This post contains affiliate links.} When your child goes through a...

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How She Does It: Sharla

Welcome to the How She Does It series:  Homeschooling Moms of Special Needs Kids Speak Out.  Today’s post is from Sharla, who blogs over at The Chaos and the Clutter.   Sharla is the mom of 7 wonderfully unique children. Here is how she describes her family: Two of our children were blessed by birth and the other five through adoption. Four have special needs with many of them having multiple diagnoses. These...

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The Day She Didn’t Give Up

  My daughter watches, as her friends do things with ease: they open snacks, they button their coats, they ride their bikes without training wheels. These are things that don’t come easy to her. She is 7 and she has some challenges with motor planning, the way her brain tells her body when and where to move. She is aware that she is doing some things at a different pace than many of her friends. Sometimes, even her little...

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Monster Headphones Review

I have been searching for the perfect headphones for Firefly.  He’s 9 and he has some challenges that would be greatly helped by the perfect pair of headphones. Firefly was diagnosed at age 2 with Sensory Processing Disorder. While this can present very differently from one child to another, for Firefly, one of his main challenges is auditory. His ear drums are extremely sensitive to loud noises at some frequencies (especially...

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How She Does It: Krista

I am so pleased to bring you this first special guest post in our How She Does It series: Homeschooling Moms of Special Needs Kids. Krista is a former nurse and the happily married wife of a lawyer who has homeschooled her two daughters from the beginning. Seven-year-old Elena is passionate about fairies and a math whiz. She is diagnosed with high functioning autism/Asperger’s.  Five-year-old Heather fancies all things...

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