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 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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A Multi-Sensory Approach to Teaching Writing at Home

A multi-sensory approach to learning may be the element you’ve been missing

We all learn better when we engage more than one of our senses in our learning with us. This goes double when you are trying to teach a child with special needs.  Try using a multi-sensory approach! Helping them learn with their entire body, will make learning more fun, and will help them grasp concepts faster. One example of this is to employ different senses when teaching a child to write.

Each child is different, so the senses that you use will have to be effective ones for them. Understanding your child’s sensory profile is an important step in this. Once you have determined what senses will aid best in learning, it is time to put your thinking cap on! Here are some ideas in a couple of different sensory areas to get you started! (You can also find a lot of great ideas on my Writing Pinterest board.)

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