January 09, 2013

Teaching How to Learn in a What-to-Learn Culture by Kathleen Ricards Hopkins

Review by Kathy Kuhl of Kathleen Hopkins’ book What does your child need to know? Kathleen Ricards Hopkins explains that what children needs to know is not so much a sets of facts and procedures, as it is how to learn and think. She shows how to teach these skills, using examples from classroom conversations […]

( Read the full post… )

January 09, 2013

The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources for Education, Intervention, and Rehabilitation by Joan L. Green

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Review by Kathy Kuhl Prufrock Press. ISBN: 978-1-59363-719-4 List price $39.95. On Amazon for much less. While technology can be a mixed blessing, it is clear we need it, we cannot escape it, and we should not want to. Technology can help our children improve their speaking, writing, reading, thinking, and memory. It can help people […]

( Read the full post… )

January 09, 2013

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr

Tags: , ,

Norton, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-393-33975-8. List price $15.95. On Amazon for less. I didn’t need a book to tell me that too much time on the internet was bad for me, so I didn’t think I needed to read The Shallows. I was wrong. This summer, I took The Shallows on several long plane flights. Those flights gave me […]

( Read the full post… )

January 09, 2013

Resources for Homeschooling Children with Learning or Attention Difficulties

Resources For Planning Sutton & Sutton, Strategies for Struggling Learners: A Guide For the Teaching Parent ISBN: 0964568411. Out of print but available used from Amazon.com or ABEbooks.com Joyce Herzog, Choosing and Using Curriculum ISBN 1887225226 Learning in Spite of Labels ISBN 1882514130 Joyce Herzog.com National Home Education Network and Home School Legal Defense Association have helpful special needs sections on their websites. Lenore Calacion Hayes, Homeschooling […]

( Read the full post… )

January 09, 2013

Homeschoolers Applying for Accommodations on the College Board Exams: PSAT and SAT

Tags: , , , ,

Accommodations on the SAT? While I was homeschooling my son, he received accommodations for the SAT in 2004 because of his LD and ADD. Here are some notes from our experience, with updates as described below. This is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer or a special education teacher. There are two applications. […]

( Read the full post… )

January 08, 2013

Mastering Math Facts

Tags: , ,

Teaching Math Facts to a Struggling Learner Try to work on facts every day for 5 to 10 minutes. Some days, let the child pick which method to drill with. Here are a few suggestions: Flash cards, (If you make your own, write answers on the backs, but make sure the answer can’t be read through […]

( Read the full post… )

January 08, 2013

Homefires Online Teleconference

Resources for Parents                                                          compiled by Kathy Kuhl For Homefires’ Online Teleconference                                                 October 28, 2010   I give free 20 minute phone consultations. To request one, e-mail Kathy@LearnDifferently.com.  My website, www. LearnDifferently.com, provides articles, reviews, links. My newsletter has book reviews, tips and links every month.   Understanding Special Needs— see also chapters 6 & 7 of my book, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner *Brock & Fernette Eide, The Mislabeled […]

( Read the full post… )

January 08, 2013

Encouraging your Child

A Hodgepodge of Selected Reading • Kathy Kuhl. Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner. Learn Differently, 2009.* Available from learndifferently.com and Amazon. • Paul Tripp. Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2001. Don’t wait until your child is a teen to read it. • Edward T. Welch. Running Scared: […]

( Read the full post… )

January 08, 2013

When Writing Doesn’t Come Easily

Explaining Causes of Writing Problems • Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide. The Mislabeled Child. New York: Hyperion, 2006. • Larry Silver, M.D. The Misunderstood Child.* New York: Three Rivers, 2006. • http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/writing • William Van Cleave’s website, http://vcedconsulting.com/teacher-reading.php Handwriting Curricula Mary D. Benbow, MS, OTR/L. Loops and Other Groups: A Kinesthetic Writing System. San Antonio: […]

( Read the full post… )

January 08, 2013

Helping Teens Overcome Learning Challenges

Where to Begin • See www.hslda.org/highschool/ for information on planning, transcripts, resources, vocations, and more. See HSLDA’s special needs department for a fine newsletter. • Two Yahoo! Groups: homeschool2college and conservativehs2c. Homeschooling parents can discuss preparing their students for the transition to college. Planning and Transcripts • Campbell, Janice, Transcripts Made Easy. For the bright […]

( Read the full post… )