Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier

Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier

Even though my son is out of school I still get caught up in the back-to-school excitement this time of year. We did a combination of public school and homeschooling with T growing up, based on his needs at the time. One of the most important and helpful things I did was to learn and understand what his learning style was and use methods that focused on that style to … Continue Reading →
Back to school he goes

Back to school he goes

My son will not leave you bored if nothing else. He had decided to leave school and get his GED. Now plans have changed again. He is enrolled at high school again to work on getting his diploma. Luckily there is a special program he is working to get in next year so he will actually graduate on time. He is so far behind in regular credits that doing the … Continue Reading →
Goosie Custom Flash Cards and Giveaway

Goosie Custom Flash Cards and Giveaway

This is one of my favorite items I have come across lately. While I opted to make custom flash cards for my new nephew of his family, Goosie cards have a huge range of ways to help kids – including special needs kids! The idea is simple, use your own photos (or even stock images from Goosie) and enter your own text to create custom flash cards. So for my … Continue Reading →
Annual IEP Meeting Recap

Annual IEP Meeting Recap

Today was our annual IEP meeting for Taylor at school and I have to say it went better than the rest of the meetings we have had. I have to say that I sadly do pull forward a lot of my history with this district any time something new happens – we had some very negative experiences with them in the past and it is hard to just forget about … Continue Reading →
When Your Child Needs Special Services At School

When Your Child Needs Special Services At School

With kids heading back to school already (or soon) I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that there are lots of resources available to parents who feel their child may need some special services at school. All children in this country are entitled to a free and appropriate education. It doesn’t always mean best, but sometimes it means schools need to take other steps to give … Continue Reading →
An Online Learning Alternative To Regular School

An Online Learning Alternative To Regular School

If you have read my blog for a while you know that traditional education just is not a good fit for my son, Taylor. We homeschooled for quite some time and are still actually trying to figure out what will work best for him. Through the years we have used a few different online learning programs which varying amounts of success. There are a lot of them out there, some … Continue Reading →
Free Donations For Appreciating Teachers!

Free Donations For Appreciating Teachers!

You all know that we used to homeschool and that this last semester we tried public school again and it has been a huge struggle. Some folks hear that about us and assume that I don’t appreciate teachers. That could not be further from the truth. I have a tremendous amount of respect for many teachers (not all, there really are some that are in the wrong field). Honestly, if … Continue Reading →
Updates on the IEP Process

Updates on the IEP Process

Several of you have emailed, tweeted, or asked on Facebook for updates on how the IEP meeting went last week. Unfortunately, I am still iffy on what the district can really deliver on and what is most appropriate for Taylor. Our meeting last week took 3 hours – now I asked at the beginning how long these meetings generally take and I was told there is not a set time, … Continue Reading →
The IEP Meeting Looms – Any tips?

The IEP Meeting Looms – Any tips?

Thursday is finally our IEP (Individualized Education Plan) with our school district for Taylor. I’m sure they have their own ideas on what should be included, I’m just hoping that they will be open to listening what we have to say as well. We have such a fantastic idea and truly think it would work for him. I have taken classes, talked to our advocate, read books, read websites/blogs about … Continue Reading →
Special Education Help for Parents

Special Education Help for Parents

You all know that our road in public school since January has been rocky to say the least. Luckily, I did know of some resources already and was able to contact them right away for help. Here in Missouri it is called MPACT, but I found out from them that ALL STATES are required to have a “parent training and information” group. So what does MPACT (and the other states … Continue Reading →