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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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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