Working With Reluctant Writers – week 3

Fine Motor Skills Problems in your reluctant writer

My oldest son has always battled low muscle tone.  His low muscle tone was first pointed out to us during his initial Early Intervention evaluations, way back in the day.  He began seeing a feeding speech therapist, and that helped us loads there.  His fine motor skills as they related to writing, however, made slower progress as we would have liked to have seen.  Finding workarounds is important for us when his hands are becoming exhausted, but we still need to get some learning in.  Below are some tips to help you with your homeschool writing journey.

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Tear Free Homeschooling Math Curriculum, This is it!

Math isn’t everyone’s first love in our house

My son is pretty good at math, but a love for math is definitely not there.  If he works really hard at it he can “get it.”  However, it’s difficult and so much effort for him to grasp it.  And if yours are like mine, you know all about mental fatigue in your homeschool!

Obviously, this can happen with any subject, but in our homeschool, math is the biggest issue, followed by writing.  When people email me, these two seem to be the biggest issues for them as well.  I guess most of us are a bunch of right-brained, art loving, history buffs who also love science! 😉

Too bad we all need some kind of math and writing skills right?  It’s like the foundation of learning…  This set me on a journey to try all kinds of methods and styles to see what might work for my son. 

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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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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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