September 20, 2018

Twice Exceptional: What Difference It Makes and How to Help

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By Kathy Kuhl     Part 2 of a series on twice exceptional children. Read part one here. Understanding that a child is gifted as well as learning disabled is just as as important as learning either fact on its own. Imagine if Anne Sullivan had known only that Helen Keller was deaf and not blind. It’s […]

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September 13, 2018

Twice Exceptional: What It Means, Why It Matters

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by Kathy Kuhl        (Part 1; part 2 next week) What is twice exceptional? Nearly everyone who reads this blog has an “exceptional” child. Exceptional means out of the ordinary. But twice-exceptional (2E for short) has a technical meaning in education. That meaning can lead to special help for special students. Even if your child is […]

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September 06, 2018

SPED Homeschool: Resources for Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

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By Kathy Kuhl         Last spring a friend told me about SPED Homeschool, a nonprofit and website serving the homeschooling special needs community. (SPED is short for Special Education.) Since the friend was Cheryl Swope, I paid attention. You may have heard me give workshops with Cheryl. (My review of her excellent book is in the […]

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August 30, 2018

Prep for a New Homeschool Year

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by Kathy Kuhl     You’ve got your new notebooks, new planner, pencils, books, and new curriculum. The homeschool year is about to begin. It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? I love the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the promise of new books, notebooks,  and planners. It’s a new beginning! So, think you’re ready? No?  (It’s […]

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August 23, 2018

Homeschooling kids with ADHD

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By Kathy Kuhl     Know someone considering homeschooling a child with ADHD? While I’m on vacation, here’s a helpful article by Lynn Ticknor, who interviewed me and Melinda Boring for an ADDitude Magazine article on homeschool kids with learning challenges. If you don’t subscribe to ADDitude, consider it. Half its information is on raising kids […]

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August 02, 2018

Learning the Art of Thinking: Review of Alan Jacobs’ book, How to Think

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by Kathy Kuhl     How do you recommend a book called How to Think: A Survival Guide for A World at Odds, without insulting your readers? Author Alan Jacobs recommends saying, “I’m sure you know someone who could benefit from this book.” And I’m sure you do. Why am I reviewing a book on thinking, […]

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July 27, 2018

Taming Smartphones: Using Handheld Tech to Help, Not Hurt

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by Kathy Kuhl     A smartphone is both a great tool and a great distraction. How can we harness the technology to help our struggling learners, without making life harder? Last week in Missouri, I spoke on helping distractible students succeed. For teens, I weighed the pros and cons of carrying smartphones. A few of […]

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July 19, 2018

Something to chew on, for kids that can’t stop

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By Kathy Kuhl     Do you have children who can’t stop chewing on things? Kids and teens with sensory issues and other issues may struggle with this—or give in to it without a thought. No matter how well they know that pencil has been handled by many people, it pops into their mouths. And […]

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July 12, 2018

11 Ways to Make Spelling Practice More Fun

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By Kathy Kuhl          When spelling doesn’t come easily, practicing can be repetitive and boring. Here are some things you can do to keep your child happily working to build their spelling skills: Finger Paint Put finger paint or any colored, gel-like shampoo (such as Prell), in a Ziploc bag. Seal it […]

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July 05, 2018

4 Reasons to Homeschool this Summer

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By Kathy Kuhl           Summer: time for sun, vacation, lazing about—and homeschool? Yes! Even if you aren’t already homeschooling your child, I recommend summertime homeschooling. But the homeschooling I recommend over the summer may not be what you think. I firmly believe that kids and teens need unstructured time. So by […]

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