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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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How Can You Make Writing More Fun for a Reluctant Writer?

Finding curriculum for a reluctant writer has been such a struggle

We’ve had several key problems we’ve faced as a family of a reluctant writer, and finding something that fits all of our needs isn’t easy. One of the most common questions I get is about finding a good writing or math curriculum… So I know I’m not alone on this!

Until this year, I’ve not found anything with which I’ve been in love. There have always been fairly great things, but still, something missing, at least for us.  I want a writing curriculum that sparks joy and learning, not something that makes my kids hate writing, the same as I did at their age.

I’ve seen how “not being a writer” can follow you through the rest of your life.  You stick that label on, and there it stays.  It wasn’t until college, as a 30-year-old, that I received any decent instruction on writing that made any sense to me… That smoothed over some of my contempt for writing at least. 😉  I want something different for my kids. I want them to see that they are writers. 

If you have a reluctant writer who wails at the thought of learning about and practicing writing, read this! Here are the problems WriteShop solved for us!
The “Fold-N-Go” concept is awesome.

WriteShop has provided me with a curriculum for review purposes, however, all opinions represented here are my own.

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What Happens to Our Special Needs Kids After High School?

What’s going to happen after high school is over?

You and your student have made it to high school and are nearing the end. “What happens after high school?” is looming over your thoughts. You’ve spent the last three to four years preparing your special needs student for the “real world” with life skills and vocational education, but how do you launch them into adulthood?

Legal Guardianship or Independent

Obviously this depends largely on your child’s particular challenges, and you will have to adjust to his/her needs, but I will help point you towards resources and ideas to encourage you on this new journey. For most of us, we will be managing some aspect of our child’s life as long as we can. So part of this adult plan will be deciding on our child’s capabilities and if legal guardianship is necessary. Discuss this with your child, your child’s doctor and your family. Have realistic expectations going into this new season.

 

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Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child Through High School

High school, homeschool, and special needs

For those of us blessed with special learners in our homeschool families, we can take a deep breath and look back at all we have accomplished once we reach the high school years. At the same time, we are looking ahead and wondering if we have the strength to keep going, wondering what high school really looks like, and wondering what the future looks like for our special needs high school student.

You’ve made it to the high school years! You are doing great! I hope to inspire you and give you helpful tidbits to keep you going. Let me start by telling you my story.

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