July 27, 2017

6 Travel tips for distractible kids

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By Kathy Kuhl How do we help our kids when they have to sit and travel? Long times in the car or plane can make anyone restless. It drive kids crazy, especially those who have trouble sitting still. Of course, sitting to travel is not just a summer problem. Children have to sit on the […]

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April 06, 2017

Learning Life Skills, Part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl Are your children learning the life skills they will need when they are on their own? Imagine your child, grown up and moving out. As the car pulls away, you call, “Wait! I forgot to teach you how to… file your taxes” or “…find a good repair service” or “…change a flat […]

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December 20, 2016

Teaching tips for kids with attention problems

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by Kathy Kuhl – After launching this series on attention problems (it began with “What is ADD? ADHD? What Parents need to know”), many of you asked for teaching tips. Today’s post is my gift to you–a few highlights from one of my workshops. Links are below. Happy Holidays! 18 Tips to Help a Student with […]

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July 06, 2016

Falling furniture, impulsive kids

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by Kathy Kuhl     To keep a little one safe can be a big job, even when they don’t climb furniture. Many of you are doing this while homeschooling a child with challenges. Some of us have older kids that still act like preschoolers, so we are still on alert. Impulsive children try things we never thought […]

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May 31, 2016

Teaching a Child with Special Needs: Book Review

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Book review by Kathy Kuhl Judith Munday’s new book is out at last: Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School. That’s good news for homeschoolers with children with learning challenges. Back in the 1990s, when I was a new homeschooler, Judi was the first expert I heard who understood homeschooling students with special […]

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April 26, 2016

More algebra with manipulatives

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by Kathy Kuhl Last time, I began explaining bean algebra—a way to solve linear equations using beans. Manipulatives are simply objects you handle to help you understand a concept. The containers represent the variable x. I labeled mine with post-its. Last week, I showed you how to use beans to model equations like 14 =2x. Click here if […]

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April 19, 2016

Teaching algebra with manipulatives

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by Kathy Kuhl Teaching parents in Fort Worth last month, I promised to explain bean algebra—a way to solve linear equations using beans. (I learned this when I was a new public school math teacher in 1979, and I cannot remember or find the source. If you know, tell me.) What manipulatives you’ll need Manipulatives are […]

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February 02, 2016

Habits: Building them, breaking them

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by Kathy Kuhl How do we help our kids develop good habits? Why are bad habits so hard to break? “Habits emerge, scientists say, because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort,” says Pulitzer Prize winner writer Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit. When you act by habit, your brain is […]

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January 19, 2016

How to read faces: a vital skill for your child

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By Kathy Kuhl Some children with learning challenges are highly attuned to emotion and can read faces with ease. For other children (and adults, for that matter), faces speak in a code they cannot break. But almost all of us—adults, teens, and children—can improve our ability to read faces. Teens in particular struggle to read […]

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January 12, 2016

Help distractible, impulsive, or hyperactive kids

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By Kathy Kuhl Book review of Is Your Child Hyperactive? Inattentive? Impulsive? Distractible? by Stephen W. Garber, Ph.D., Marianne Daniels Garber, Ph. D., and Robyn Freedman Spizman. Villlard, 221 pages. Five-year-old Evan can’t stand still. Eight-year-old Jessie is a sweet daydreamer who never finishes her work and Calvin is such a terribly impulsive teen that his parents […]

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