April 01, 2020

My new talks for parents “crisis homeschooling” during pandemic

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by Kathy Kuhl         Crisis schooling, emergency homeschooling, school at home, mandatory distance learning–what do you call what you do? And if it’s hard for families with neurotypical children, what about the rest of us? With families home with struggling learners because of the school closings, I’m speaking online more. Parents who […]

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March 20, 2020

When kids can’t sit still and work

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by Kathy Kuhl    Part 3 of the Coronavirus Homeschool Survival Guide “Focus!” “Pay attention!” “Why don’t you sit down and get to work?”  Your children and teens can have trouble settling down to their schoolwork for lots of reasons. Today I’ll look at what can keep them from sitting still. We’ll see how we […]

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March 18, 2020

Webinars & freebies to help you homeschool

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By Kathy Kuhl Coronavirus got you homeschooling–or at least trying to get through school assignments at home for a while? Welcome. When you begin to homeschool, you need three things: knowledge, wisdom, and confidence. You’ll find help in all three areas from these resources. Veteran homeschoolers are jumping in to help families who find themselves […]

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March 14, 2020

Coronavirus homeschool survival guide, part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl    Are you homeschooling because of coronavirus? If your kids were in school, you are probably thinking: I have to stay home and make them do their lessons! Argh! How will I get them to sit? They’ll drive me nuts! How will I get my work done? It’s a special problem for […]

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May 31, 2019

Dealing with Parental Anger: Book Review of Peggy Ployhar’s Be Angry… and Train Your Kids

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By Kathy Kuhl     We parents don’t like to admit our anger with our kids. If our children have learning challenges, we know life is harder for them. So we want to be patient. Nevertheless, our kids and their challenges can annoy and frustrate us. Deliberately or not, our children sometimes act in ways that […]

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May 16, 2019

Music in your homeschool

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by Kathy Kuhl Make time for music? If you’re homeschooling a child with learning challenges, you may think you’ve got more urgent business. Maybe not. Music opens minds Music can stir hearts, inspire, and open minds—and mouths. This nine-year-old boy’s awestruck reaction to hearing Mozart last week got me thinking. Ronan Mattin has autism and […]

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May 03, 2019

Getting started homeschooling with special needs? Here’s help!

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by Kathy Kuhl Homeschooling intimidated me. Starting to homeschool a child with learning challenges or special needs sounded even harder. But there’s new help this June. I’m privileged to play a part. Expanded special needs track at HEAV There’s an expanded special needs track  at the June convention of the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) in […]

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February 22, 2019

Setbacks? 3 Tips to resetting goals when reality messes with your plans

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By Kathy Kuhl As your homeschool continues, disappointments and setbacks are inevitable. For those in the chillier climates, the cold, damp, and ice can settle into our spirits. We may be tempted to give up. Anyone could do a better job, we groan. Should I put this child in school, some wonder—though they may not […]

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November 08, 2018

The Myth of Learning Styles

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by Kathy Kuhl     “If you teach to your children’s learning styles, they’ll learn better,” they told me. But what if you can’t tell how your child learns best? That was my problem. Learning Styles: Popular Theories One of the most popular theories of learning styles is based on the idea that people prefer different way […]

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November 01, 2018

A Homeschooler’s Perspective: Two Very Different Learners

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By Kathy Kuhl      Last month, I had coffee with a homeschooler I hadn’t seen in years. We met to talk about what she had learned homeschooling two exceptional, dynamic, and wildly different children.  To preserve her their privacy, I’ll call the mother “Ann.” Doctor suggested her daughter be institutionalized I knew that Ann was […]

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