• Homeschooling with Technology

    by Published on 11-10-2010 12:49 PM
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    by Topsy

    When we began homeschooling our oldest son, who has Tourette Syndrome, we were amazed at how well he took to it. He was an auditory learner, and all the curriculums we tried seemed designed with him in mind. What was all the fuss, we wondered, about homeschooling kids with special needs? This was a piece of cake. And then came our second son.

    He was given many labels throughout his preschool years: Language Delayed, Auditory Processing Disorder, Receptive Language Disorder, Possible ADD, Possible Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Integration Disorder. But none of the labels told us how to homeschool him, so we had to figure that out on our own. One thing we discovered right away was that the curriculum that had worked so well for our older son was completely wrong for our younger son. He was a visual learner, and a somewhat kinesthetic learner. He had incredible strengths in memory and spatial concepts.

    We found that very few pre-designed homeschool curricula were designed with the “out-of-the-box” learner in mind. Those children in the growing categories of “right-brained,” “ADD or ADHD,” “dyslexic,” “learning disabled,” or even “gifted with special needs,” were left behind when it came to effective curriculum.

    Fortunately, some forward thinking individuals and companies in the technology field understood the learning differences of these children and created assistive software and programs that actually work with these students. Because of these tools, homeschooling families have viable options for helping their special learners at home.

    For dyslexic students and other struggling writers, word prediction software such as Don Johnston’s Co-Writer, are incredibly helpful. Used with any word processor, ...
    Published on 11-02-2010 03:01 PM
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    by Deepa Gopal
    Editor of Youngzine: News + More for the Young

    Current events present a wonderful opportunity to engage children in what is happening around the world and use that as a platform to teach concepts. Children are also likely to absorb more when they learn in the context of news - little nuggets get stored away in their minds as they read about the political, economic, social or scientific background behind the current news. Instead of reading history in books, they are learning about history through events in the making.

    Current events complement what children are already learning and homeschools have the unique advantage of tailoring their curriculum to add this resource into their child's education.
    by Published on 09-14-2010 07:37 AM
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    I’d like to say we are an animal family, because we really do love animals, but I reserve that status for those cool families that start naming off the animals at their house, and it begins to sound more like a pet shop than a house, ya know? Our next door neighbors, for example, are the proud owners of several chickens, a couple of guinea pigs, some lizards, some fish and a cat. (They actually would have a few more chickens if the poor things hadn’t made the unfortunate choice of flying over into our fenced back yard where they were basically hunting practice for our mutt who happens to be part bird dog) Anyway, THEY, in my opinion, are animal people. We have two dogs – - big deal. But we honestly do adore animals, and think it is kinda cool having a “pet store” right next door. So, in honor of those many-legged, sometimes furry, sometimes scaly, always interesting critters, I’m dedicating today’s article to the animal of the species. Enjoy!

    • First off, a video game with educational value – - no that is not a oxymoron. I’m talking about Animal Genius for Nintendo DS. This game is chock full of animal facts and trivia.
    • Smithsonian National Zoological Park Index – if I had animal homework, I’d want the Smithsonian having my back. If you’ve got a question about animals and their habitats, you’ll probably find the answer here.
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