The Kinesthetic Learner

August 20, 2010

If you have one, I won’t have to explain the term but for those who don’t (or who do and don’t know it has a name): a kinesthetic learner is one who learns best while moving. This movement can be acting out the topic at hand or seemingly random movement. What can, or should, be [...]

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5 Insights from High School Grads Who Have Learning Disabilities

August 20, 2010

On vacation this summer, I had the opportunity to interview two young people who attend one of the Winston Schools. The insights they provided into teaching a struggling learner were fascinating. One of them graduated this year, and the other graduated the year before. Here are some of their insights: The best thing about the [...]

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The Big Secret: Forget About Grade Levels

August 1, 2010

When you have a struggling learner, especially if there is no obvious underlying medical or genetic issue, there is a lot of pressure on you to help your child get “caught up” to his peers in school. This pressure may come for others or from yourself. You know that if you can just do X, [...]

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Teaching: Art or Science?

August 1, 2010

As you reflect on your role as teacher, how do you approach the job of education? Is it more like an art, where the student is your medium in which you work and the curriculum is your tool? Or is it a science where step A leads to step B, then step C and so [...]

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“Do Scorpions Get in Your House?”

August 1, 2010

Ahhh, there’s nothing like visiting relatives in Texas to get a new perspective on life. I grew up in Texas, but I had forgotten how dangerous it really is. [smile]  I have four boys and a little girl who love to explore. Here’s a little sampling of the instructions my kids got at the first three [...]

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How to Make Any Curriculum Right Brain Friendly

June 17, 2010

I spoke on this topic at Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo. I will have the audio available for sale some time this summer. *********************************************************************************** TOPIC: How to Make Any Curriculum Right Brain Friendly DATE: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 TIME: 10 AM Central Time WHERE: Join Us Live Online (On Cindy’s website!!): http://talk-a-latte.com/chat/ (The room is closed [...]

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The Hero’s Journey

May 26, 2010

One of my favorite tools for teaching literature is the model of the hero’s journey. The 12 stages of the hero’s journey are extrapolated from the writings of Joseph Campbell in his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. For a simple overview, you can read through this PDF document written by Christopher Vogler. Teaching [...]

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Grieving Over Your Special Needs Child/Struggling Learner

May 19, 2010

Do you ever grieve over your special needs child? Do you grieve the losses when her peers move ahead? Or when other kids shun him because he’s different? I’m in that mode right now, for both of those reasons. My daughter is nonverbal and a little behind so once other kids begin to interact with her, [...]

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Identifying Role Models for Your Children

May 19, 2010

Identifying Role Models for Your Children May 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EST (online) at Raising Small Souls Parenting Retreat (You can hear this workshop for free at the time scheduled, or purchase a ticket to the whole event to listen any time. Find link below.) In this workshop, we will explore: Your privileged position as your child’s [...]

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Helping a Child with Processing Problems

May 5, 2010

Children with processing problems need to learn things at a much slower pace than other kids. They can learn, it just has to come at them at a speed they can handle. It will be up to the teacher to adjust that flow. The good news is that even though you have to start painfully [...]

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