• Curriculum

    by Published on 08-04-2012 10:07 AM
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    Reprinted with permission from SHS member: mseward from her blog! She has a short bio at the end of the article as well! Thanks!

    A few weeks ago (maybe a few months ago...where does the time go?) I was online searching for something, probably homeschool resources or the like, and I came across a review/praise for 'The Adventures of Munford' by Jamie Aramini (you can also find her on Twitter @JamieAramini). Any time I get new info on a book the kids might enjoy, I (1) immediately check to see if our library has a copy; and (2) place a hold on it so we can pick it up. Well, our library does not carry the Munford series. Bummer, right? Kinda sorta. Our book back-up plan consists of Better World Books and Amazon. I really like Better World Books because, for every new or used book purchased, the company donates a book to a child who may not otherwise own any. And oh yeah, the company was started by University of Notre Dame grads so of course I'm biased :-) Can you blame me?

    I also like connecting with people on Twitter, in case you didn't already know that. After learning about the Munford series, I went and found Jamie to let her know that I'd read great things about her books and that we'd be ordering since our library did not carry them. Well, guess what? Jamie offered to send a copy for my youngest daughter! Can you believe that? I've said it before and I'll say it again: The people I 'meet' on Twitter just never cease to amaze me with their kindness, generosity, and all-around helpfulness.

    <I promise this is all related...keep readin!>

    Yesterday I finished reading Denise Schipani's 'Mean Moms Rule' and I especially liked the chapter about teaching our kids life skills, such as learning to do their own laundry, mowing the grass, and navigating the kitchen, even for something as simple as making a PB&J sandwich. This 'advice' may be old news to some of us, but as Denise pointed out in the book, her dad had to show her 16 year-old nephew how to properly rake leaves. Some of her neighbors were even shocked that another dad in the community taught his 9 year-old son how to (safely and properly) operate a lawnmower. Umm, where's the justice? <insert sarcasm here> I was allowed to operate a gas stove/oven at that age because I was ready to start baking. Can you imagine what people would say or think about such child-cruelty in this day and (microwave) age?
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    I'm so thrilled to be able to share with you a project I've been working on for probably going on two years now. I've recently completed an eBook about the things I've learned over the last 10 years about homeschooling a child with dyslexia. Thanks to the sponsorship of Time4Learning Online Curriculum, I'm also able to share the eBook completely free of charge, so BIG thanks to T4L!! My eBook, Successfully Homeschooling a Child With Dyslexia, is available to view on site, or as a pdf download.

    Parents who have chosen to educate their children at home can often feel overwhelmed when they discover that one or more of their children has a learning challenge. Within the eBook, I try to alleviate parents concerns and encourage them by sharing my successes with my own son. I want parents to know that homeschooling a child with dyslexia is not only possible, but can often be the very best choice for a child.

    Every child is different, but there is no better teacher student ratio than the one-to-one attention a child receives by learning at home. And I’ve come to realize that you don’t have to have a degree in special education to help a child with dyslexia. You simply have to have knowledge of the resources available, knowledge of how your child best learns, and the desire to help.

    Within the eBook you will find information on:

    • Recognizing your child’s learning style
    • Dealing with the emotions and feelings related to having (or parenting a child with) dyslexia
    • Reading and writing intervention programs
    • Assistive technology
    • Reading therapists or dyslexia specialists
    • Organizational tips

    The dyslexia eBook deals with how a homeschooling parent can help a child in their own home, but also provides information on what outside help is available. “Successfully Homeschooling Your Child with Dyslexia” also includes an appendix linking to many of the most helpful resources, websites, and tools on the Web. ...
    Published on 05-01-2012 08:53 AM
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    Many homeschooling parents look for guidance when it comes to teaching their children how to write: “When should I start teaching my child to write?” “How can I motivate my middle schooler to improve his writing skills?” “How can I help my child overcome her writing challenges?” Many would agree a successful homeschool curriculum must have a strong commitment to writing at its core. And, with growing interest in distance learning that supports “writing across the curriculum,” the need for information regarding how best to teach writing is even more pressing. In the following article, Oak Meadow faculty members answer these questions and more.

    Q: At which age/developmental stage do you think it’s most appropriate to introduce writing skills?

    A: The time to introduce writing varies with each child. The act of writing often begins with a preschool child in the form of lines and shapes. This changes into random letters, then moves forward to include the child’s name, as well as the names of other members in the family. The interest in spelling words properly often follows soon after. One significant factor is how the child grips the writing implement (crayon, pencil, etc.). This is an indication of advancement in the fine motor skills, and if the child is ready to write. If help is needed in this area, then it is good to introduce activities that enhance the fine motor skill development. Simple exercises for inspiring and encouraging writing at a young age include stringing beads, working with pegged puzzles, playing board games with moving pieces, tying shoes, holding utensils, drawing and painting pictures, etc. When the ability and the interest to write is present in a child, then it’s good to practice writing on a daily basis, even if it starts out in very small quantities.

    Q: What are some of the greatest challenges in teaching writing to 5th-8th graders?

    A: One of the biggest challenges is getting a student to understand that writing is a process that takes years to get “good” at. From 5th to 8th grade is a long time and each year the student improves. Parents and students should think of this as practice time! Just like soccer or painting or playing an instrument, the writing skills need
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