If you have a special needs child that you homeschool, there’s a good chance you’re often looking for new ideas for crafts to delight and entertain them while helping them develop skills. Of course it will depend on your child’s abilities/disabilities when it comes to what they can work on, but you should have a good feel for what both you and they will be comfortable with. Now that spring is here, I thought it might be fun to focus on some thematic activities. Continue Reading →
If you ask a child if they want to visit a museum, you might be met with an incredulous look. Without having experienced the wonder of a museum, kids may be inclined to think that it would be a boring experience. After a great trip to any museum, though, kids are often inspired, excited, and passionate about a subject that they never knew they were interested in. That’s the power that museums hold to transform perspectives and shape futures. Continue Reading →
If you’re a parent, keeping your family safe is likely the top priority throughout the year. It can be increasingly difficult to do that, however, as your kids get older and more independent. Even when children are young, it’s hard to keep tabs on them every minute of the day; anyone with a toddler knows how lightning-quick they are.
The good news is that there are tools you can use to keep everyone as safe as possible when they aren’t within your eye-line, no matter what age they are. Technology is really a parent’s best friend, so use it to your advantage. While some of the gadgets on the market are a little expensive, they’re worth the price if they can give you peace of mind. Here are some of the best gadgets and apps. Continue Reading →
My wife (Melinda) and I decided to hit the road full time with our four children almost a year ago. We had been homeschooling since our first was school age, but we knew that life on the road would make it a requirement. Because we travel all over the country, We were excited for our children to not only learn about the US but to experience it. Obviously, our homeschool looks different than most. The biggest difference is that we don’t want to be on the road full time and just sit in the RV doing school work. Our goal is to make our experiences a major part of how our children are learning. Plus, we have to be creative with how we do education with limited space in our motorhome. We aren’t able to stockpile curriculum or spread our children out all over the house to do their bookwork. Because of this, we use technology regularly to supplement their education.
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Homeschooling children is a challenging endeavor that often leaves parents worrying that they are doing the best for their children. This is true for all children, but when a child has special needs we often experience increased anxiety and stress. We naturally want the best for our sons and daughters, but sometimes that means going against the grain and choosing alternative schooling solutions.
Whether our children have severe allergies, asthma, immune disorders, seizures, disabilities, hyperactivity, or any other special need they often have a hard time adapting to traditional public or private schools. While administrators and educators attempt to accommodate and push inclusion, their answers don’t always meet the needs of our children. The medical and behavioral needs of one often go unmet in traditional school settings that are trying to fulfill the needs of many. Continue Reading →