Home Education

3 Major Tips for Success with Special Needs Kids

3 Major Tips for Success with Special Needs Kids is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Julie from Julie Naturally.

Facing a new school year brings mixed feelings for those of us with special needs children. In our minds, we think, “Will he finally learn to read this year? Now that he’s older, how many melt downs will I face each week? Will the other homeschooling moms accept me? Second year of high school. Hmm. Is she going to do the work or battle it out with me again?” 

And the one looming question, “Can I do this?”

Sometimes, that question hangs like a cloud on an almost daily basis. I know. With four special needs children — two with ADHD and two with Asperger’s — I have faced down that dark cloud many times. I’m right there with you, my friend. And, over time, it did get better. The cloud appeared less and less because I changed what I did.

I’ve learned a lot about what’s important and what’s not over the past 17 years. Through a lot of trial and error, I (mostly) figured out how to lay a foundation for success with my special kids.

It starts with three essential tips, tips that even today, I forget sometimes, especially with my fourth child. However, he’s old enough now to remind me of them, particularly tip number two.

You might think that these tips are academic and will ensure that your children will progress in skills and knowledge. Well, following these tips will certainly help with that, especially tips two and three. But, more importantly, they will bring peace and understanding to your home.

Are you ready to dive in? You can easily implement these three major tips for success with special needs children today. In fact, you may have already heard of them but didn’t know how great of an impact they can have on your home.

Continue reading HERE.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Julie Polanco is a 17-year veteran homeschooling mom of four special needs children. Two down and two to go! She is a popular conference speaker and an instructor at www.SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Julie is also the author of two books–God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn and 100 Ways to Motivate Kids–and she blogs at www.julienaturally.com. Visit her site to receive a FREE copy of a Complete Guide to Christian Unschooling.

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Back to School for Year-Round Homeschoolers

Back to School for Year-Round Homeschoolers is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Rebekah from Mason a la Maison.

It’s that time of year again when most families are getting ready to go back to school. The summer vacation is over. School supplies are bought and labeled. Homeschool families have received the new curriculum. And everyone is gearing up for more rigorous schedules.

The whole world seems to be caught up in the back-to-school rush. But how does this affect the year-round homeschooler? If you have decided to continue lessons throughout the year, do you get caught up in the back-to-school fever? Or do you continue on with life as usual?

As a year-round homeschooling family that has decided to officially start our “new” school year in January, it can seem odd to get caught up in this season with all the other families who follow the more traditional route. But we have learned to take advantage of the fever to inject some new life into our routine just when we seem to be flagging.

We are entering into our final term just when everyone else is beginning their first one. And though it may seem weird to outsiders, it works for our family. And isn’t that one of the reasons you’ve decided to homeschool? The freedom to make a plan that works best for your individual family’s needs is one of its greatest draws.

But just because our routine is different doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the same excitement of a new year. So, we have created some of our own traditions that both line up with the traditional back-to-school schedule and our own continued school year.

Whether it is adjusting our routine to fit new activities or just updating old supplies, we take advantage of this season to its fullest. There are so many different ways you can shake things up using the excitement of everyone around you. Not to mention saving money on sales.

To learn some more tips and ideas, continue reading Back to School for Year-Round Homeschoolers.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Rebekah Morel is a Christian homeschooling mama to 4 wonderful children. An American who is married to a Frenchman, she began and continues her homeschooling journey in France. Her website, Mason à la Maison, offers homeschooling information, Christian encouragement, reading tips, and resources to add some French to your daily life.

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How to Teach Your Kids to Be Amazing Writers

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Amazing Writers is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Terry from Homeschooling in Florida.

As a homeschool evaluator and consultant of over a decade, one of the most common things I hear is, “I don’t know how to teach writing!” Sometimes, homeschool parents confuse writing with handwriting, too. Both are important, but writing (putting thoughts on paper in a coherent manner) is more important. 

As an elementary school, middle school Language Arts, and high school English teacher, I understand the developmental progression of writing, but it can be a tricky thing to teach. That’s why I am passionate about helping you teach your child to become an amazing writer.

It’s why I created my How to Write the Perfect 5-Paragraph Essay course which is perfect for your child who hasn’t yet had a solid foundation in the mechanics of essay writing. 

I always advise parents to make writing fun in the early years. Do not make it just another subject to get through! Writing in the early years consists of scribbles. Yes! Scribbles! Just as speaking in the early years begins with babble, scribbles are the precursor to your child’s amazing 5-paragraph essays. 

Never, ever, correct your child’s writing in the early years. Let them play and scribble and draw. Drawing is writing, too!

In the emergent stages, writing should be fun. Once your child can form sentences, have them keep their very own journal in which they write (or draw or scribble) about anything their heart desires. Do not correct mistakes!

This will come later. For more tips, see my post, Five Simple Things You Should Know to Help Your Young Child Become an Amazing Writer

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Terri Hedrick is a Catholic homeschooling mom who lives in Sunny FL with her husband, two teenaged daughters, dogs, horses, and chickens. She is also a homeschool consultant, evaluator and curriculum creator. Her master’s degree is in Education and she continues to teach hospital/homebound students and special-needs students online.  

Follow her at: HomeschoolinFlorida.comFacebookPinterestOur Happy Medium Academy courses for homeschoolers

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Fantastic Homeschooling Field Trip Ideas

Fantastic Homeschooling Field Trip Ideas is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Sarah from Homegrown Scholars.

Are you searching for fantastic field trip ideas for this coming homeschooling year?

If so, this is right where you need to be! From suggestions on where to find unique and enjoyable field trip offerings, to simple planning tips and budget-friendly options – I’ve got you covered!

A huge benefit of homeschooling is the tremendous freedom and flexibility we have. This opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities and a variety of field trips and educational experiences. We’re not at the mercy of the traditional school calendar.

We’re able to take advantage of less crowded days and times, and there are countless fun and creative opportunities available. This is great news – so many educational possibilities and adventures await! What an amazing homeschooling perk!

At the same time, however, the endless options may leave us feeling overwhelmed and frazzled. How in the world do we start planning? What activities should we prioritize? How can we keep field trips fun for the whole family? And how in the world will we be able to afford all of these experiences?

It’s enough to make our heads spin! Decision fatigue may settle in as we find ourselves struggling with our many options and deciding how best to move forward. We need a plan for how to gather ideas, stay organized, keep field trips budget-friendly, and remain stress-free!

I want you to feel excited about field trips and all of the rich educational opportunities and memory-making possibilities they bring. So in order to help you streamline your field trip planning, I’m providing specific examples of simple outings and adventures. This is information I’ve collected throughout my family’s (nearly!) decade of homeschooling. 

In addition to sharing some of my family’s all-time-favorite field trips, I’m including tips for plenty of FREE and discounted opportunities. These are experiences your whole family will enjoy and that you’ll be able to implement right away. 

Let’s take advantage of our freedom and flexibility as homeschoolers and make some incredible memories as we explore, learn, and grow together. 

Let’s plan some fantastic field trips this year! Click here to read more about Fantastic Homeschooling Field Trip Ideas!

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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My Top 10 Tips to Successfully Homeschool While Working a Job

My Top 10 Tips to Successfully Homeschool While Working a Job is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Holly from Fulltime Homeschool Mom.

Are you wondering how you can work a job and homeschool at the same time? Is this question keeping you up at nights wondering how you can make it work? 

I have good news for you, YES you can homeschool and work a job. You want to homeschool your children right? Yet you have to work a job? Don’t fret! I have 10 awesome tips to share with you so you can have a successful homeschool adventure with your kids while you are working a job.

These tips are from my personal experience of homeschooling and working a job for 19 years. I have worked part-time and full-time at home and outside the home.

 Tip #1:  Both mom and dad have to be on the same page.

It is so important for both of you to be on the same page in regards to every area of your lives. This is more than homeschooling and working a job.

Being on the same page with:

  • Housework- It needs to be shared instead of mom doing all the housework.  Split up housework among all members of the family.  Your two year can carry laundry from bedrooms to the laundry room and sort them by color. The teenager can be in charge of cleaning the kitchen daily.  Another example is dividing the house into zones for each member of the family depending on their ages.
  • Chores-Everybody should have chores.  Have a family meeting about chores and decide who gets what chore to help keep things picked up and cleaned.  Remember my story of coming home to a mess on the table and kitchen? This is why everybody should have chores!!
  • Responsibilities- Who will be responsible for cooking, mowing, trash, clean up after meals, grading, bill paying, grocery shopping and so on?  You can’t do it all as a working homeschool mom. Its time to divide and conquer. You and your husband need to make this decision together as to who gets what.

To read the other nine tips Holly shares about successfully homeschooling while working a job, click here

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Holly is a full-time homeschool mom and also works outside the home full time. She has homeschooled her three kids since kindergarten, with two already graduated.  Her oldest finished college and is married and her middle son is in college with 1 year left. The last child is almost done and will be starting her art career soon. You can learn more about Holly’s experiences at her blog, Full-Time Homeschool Mom