I Never Thought I’d Be Homeschooling… [Premium]

I Never Thought I’d Be Homeschooling… [Premium]

We never thought we would be homeschooling when we started almost 2 decades ago.     What our family can say today, is that looking back, we’re so grateful for our entire homeschooling journey – even though initially homeschooling chose us rather than the other way around. Today there are so many reasons to homeschool and ways that homeschooling can also be a good fit for dyslexic students, so take heart in the adventure ahead of you and may the coming year be one good surprise after another.   WHY HOMESCHOOLING CAN BE A GOOD MATCH FOR MANY STUDENTS   Schooling at an Individual Pace The first reason why homeschooling can be a good match for many students is that traditional schooling can be a […]

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Helping With Homework If You’re Not A Wiz Yourself [Premium]

Helping With Homework If You’re Not A Wiz Yourself [Premium]

These are strange times and even if you’re not accustomed to helping with homework (including different types of homework), it may help a lot if you can help. Even pre-pandemic, when parents were surveyed about their helping with homework and trouble lending help, about 50% said they had difficulty… so you’re not alone. There are healthy debates about whether you as a parent should help with homework…and that doesn’t even consider whether a child might be dyslexic, dysgraphic, or dyscalculic, or all three. Helping with homework is not a good idea if the student doesn’t learn how to do the work. Now if a student is drowning, and no one is around to help, then a little help might not seem to be a terrible […]

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Homeschooling or Modified Schooling?

Homeschooling or Modified Schooling?

This is an older post from when students were heading back to school after the pandemic. We’ll keep it up in case it’s helpful for other families considering homeschooling or modified schooling   First off, it’s best to be aware that there is rarely a perfect solution for anyone – often there are various levels of fitting and not-fitting and once a decision is made, then you might find ways of minimizing weaknesses for a particular plan.   COMPENSATE FOR WEAKNESSES IN WHICHEVER PATH YOU CHOOSE For instance, if you decide to homeschool, and a potential weakness is social interaction, then a priority might be finding opportunities for regular socialization in regular school time. If public or private school is decided upon, but math is […]

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Keeping Math Alive

Keeping Math Alive

Among the many challenges facing dyslexic students in the midst of the pandemic is holding on to skills and continuing to make progress in the midst of disruptions and altered schedules due to the pandemic. Because so much math builds on previous knowledge, many parents and teachers are reasonably concerned about what the pandemic and its disruptions will do to math learning in the coming year. Traditional math education may be a poor fit for many students based on its emphasis on rote learning and speed. Students lacking automaticity will have added burdens working problems by hand. What often rescues students in math is not pure drill. If your student’s upcoming year plan looks like a patchwork of in-person and remote learning, or all remote […]

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Talking Through Math [Premium]

Talking Through Math [Premium]

As the pandemic continues, more and more parents and tutors may find themselves supervising students’ math. For dyslexic students, the talking process can be especially valuable, but it may be difficult. If you are a parent or tutor helping explain a lesson or homework, it’s good to help your student talk through the steps of math; this may be especially difficult for some students. If a student has trouble finding words or has a limited working memory, talking through math may be difficult for a while until either or both of these functions develop. Such students may especially benefit when YOU talk through math, slowly and precisely. There are also ways to make the talking process easier – like having a list of math vocabulary […]

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Schooling From Home, Can You Do It?

Schooling From Home, Can You Do It?

Like it or not, when Fall rolls around, many of us may need to school from home whether it’s our first choice or not. What if your student is dyslexic? Can it possibly work? There are a lot of people who can’t see schooling from home working for their student, but what I can tell you is that over the years, Brock and I have seen every type of schooling for every type of student and when there’s a will, there’s a way. THERE IS NO ONE-SIZE FITS ALL Schooling from home doesn’t have to mean mom and dad at the kitchen table with a little chalkboard. Parents can work from home and also have their children fully educated. You don’t have to replicate an […]

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HOW DID I NOT KNOW?

HOW DID I NOT KNOW?

“I’m a teacher. I’m his mother. How did I not know? “ – Maggie Harr   Maggie just wrote a wonderful post at Love What Matters. “Smart. This was the first word that people would use when they met my son Aiden. He was precocious and funny, assertive and confident, and yes, very ‘smart’. He had a love of nature and animals, regularly engaging in conversations about adaptations and habitat destruction that would leave adults at a loss for words…” and that was just kindergarten. Having trained as an special education teacher, Maggie was unprepared for what she saw when she started volunteering in Aiden’s class at school: “I began noticing that despite his many strengths, he seemed to struggle more than his classmates. Sadly, […]

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Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

In the latest issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, researchers from Harvard and Greece found that classroom culture, and in particular LD students’ perceptions of their classrooms motivational framework had sudden, significant, and unpredictable effects on reading performance and students’ emotional state. From the authors: “The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the proposition that a classroom’s motivation discourse exerts significant influences over students’ achievement in reading.” The two conditions that researchers compared were: #1. Mastery (internal standard) – “In our class trying hard is important” #2. Performance (external standard) – “In our class, getting good grades is the main goal.” Their brief conclusions: “…the results confirmed the research hypotheses concerning the role of mastery and performance goals. The form (mastery) had a […]

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Surviving Parent Teacher Conferences [Premium]

Surviving Parent Teacher Conferences [Premium]

Parent-Teaching Conferences can be stressful for both parents and teachers. Keep your eye on the big picture, think strategically, and work toward a positive year for your student in the classroom. Often the amount of time you have with the teacher is quite short because of the total number of students involved. As a result, plan on showing up to see how the beginning of the year is progressing and focus on finding solutions if your students is lagging behind or having difficulties. If you’ve purchase Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia Teacher cards, now is a good time to use them. Quick  Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences If Your Student is Dyslexic: Make a Positive First Impression – This may be the first time your meeting this teacher and she […]

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