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Using Your Child’s Special Interests To Facilitate Learning

Your child’s special interests are key

For years now, our home has been overrun with fish tanks, reptiles and computers.

My oldest son has been fascinated with fish and aquariums since he was three years old. When he was 12, this fascination expanded to include building computers (because building a computer is a lot like building an aquarium filtration system, but without the stinky water).

My youngest has loved animals of all kinds since before he could walk and has been memorizing every reptile detail and factoid possible since he began to talk.

There’s no escaping it – my children need these interests. It’s part of how they interact with others and often, how they cope with overwhelm. It’s enjoyable for them.

As much as I would prefer a lizard-free, tidy, no aquarium in sight home, I have decided that the best approach is to find ways to support their interests, and sometimes, even use them to my advantage.

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How Should I Tackle Student Organization in a Homeschool?

How Important is Student Organization?

Student organization can be the most challenging thing to implement in homeschooling, but the fact is kids need organization. Not only do they need organization, they need to be taught how to be organized. So how important is student organization? It is essential!

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Homeschooling Kids with Adhd- How to Keep Their Attention

Are you homeschooling a kiddo with ADHD and struggling to keep their attention?

Then you realize how tough it can be. Trying to keep their attention while making sure they’re learning to their full potential is incredibly challenging, to say the least. Personally, as a homeschool mom to a son with ADHD, I feel like I’m constantly trying to keep him on task, keep his attention towards his homeschooling, and the list seems like a million miles long! I mean how many times do I have to tell him that he needs to get his work done before the end of the day? Am I talking to a brick wall?

Over the years, I’ve discovered quite a few things that help when it comes to homeschooling and boy it makes a huge difference! Here are some things that have been lifesavers to keep attention when homeschooling an ADHD child.

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How to Minimize Dysgraphia Frustration in Your Homeschool

Struggling with dysgraphia?

We struggle with Dysgraphia too.  Broken pencils became a common sight in our homeschool room, right next to the crumpled paper. Signs of frustration kept popping up daily. Learning doesn’t come easy for all students, and when it’s hard, emotions surface in unusual ways. In our home, broken pencils were a manifestation of dysgraphia.

Dysgraphia, a learning disability, affects handwriting, however, it’s more than messy penmanship. There is a disconnect between the brain and the hand. Not only does the hand struggle to form correct letters, there can also be trouble with spelling, thought processes, sequencing ideas and remembering the full thought while trying to write it. As with other learning disabilities, there are similarities or overlap with them, such as elements of dysgraphia are also found in elements of dyslexia or executive functioning issues.

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Why Use Routines for Special Needs Homeschoolers? …and More

Flourishing with routines

I have always believed that homeschooling was the absolute best choice for my boys due to their need for structure and routines. I’ve learned that they absolutely thrive under having a routine that changes very, very rarely. Any changes in their normal scheduling sometimes creates chaos and causes them to regress. Regression means returning to a state or condition that you were previously in.

For my boys that can mean going back to not remembering how to academically or mentally return to a previous state that they were in emotionally as well. For example, if one of my sons has mastered verbs and something in his homeschooling schedule changes on a Tuesday, then by Thursday, he has forgotten what a verb is and how to recognize one. So we try not to change anything up if possible. Sometimes life happens and doing things differently is completely unavoidable.

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