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 help him with learning and remembering. Most kids will have a combination of these methods but you will be able to notice a strong tilt towards one of them. Auditory … Continue Reading →
Pinterest Weekly Roundup – Crazy Spanx, Cheesecake Recipe, Clever Idea, and IEP Red Flags

Pinterest Weekly Roundup – Crazy Spanx, Cheesecake Recipe, Clever Idea, and IEP Red Flags

I hope you have had a lovely weekend! It’s Sunday which means it is time for a Pinterest Weekly Roundup. I must admit this past week I was not on Pinterest as much in part due to my new Windows Phone. There is no official app (yet) for Pinterest on Windows Phones and so it is not quite as easy to do like I used to. I’m trying out some different apps that utilize Pinterest and hope to find a great one soon. Until then, here are some of my recent finds. Oh and I wanted to let you know … 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 traditional route really is not feasible. Fast food work was also something that did not work out for him. The chaos of busy times really is stressful for him we … 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 nephew we used pictures of his family like mom, dad, his dogs, grandparents, etc. with our names on them so as he is learning to talk he will learn our … 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 it. At the high school though they really have reacted much differently overall, for the better. One of the nice things today was that Taylor attended and was able to … 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 your child and appropriate education. My son falls into this category and now, finally, has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) to help him receive that free and appropriate education he … 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 good, some bad, some free, some very affordable, and some expensive. Now price doesn’t always equal quality in online education – just like everything else in life. Sometimes though, we … 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 I had pursued a specific career when I was younger it probably would have been teaching even. This semester Taylor was placed on homebound and we hated it – I … 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, that’s great, but you know they have a ballpark. I figured out about halfway through when they all started looking at watches and having to step out, taking a phone … 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 groups) do? They provide help, information, support, and training for parents trying to manage their way through the education system with a child (or children) with special needs. These groups … Continue Reading →