January 17, 2017

The Motivation Breakthrough: Book Review

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By Kathy Kuhl Review of The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child by Richard Lavoie Richard Lavoie is a world-class teacher with a real heart for children and teens. For many years he headed Eagle Hill School, a school for children with learning disabilities, so he knows about discouraged, frustrated students and […]

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September 14, 2016

13 ways to communicate with the co-op teacher

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By Kathy Kuhl As homeschool group classes and co-ops start up, what do we tell the teacher about our child’s learning challenges? Do we say anything? Will we scare them off? Whether to tell a teacher about your child’s learning difficulties is a personal decision. I don’t know your child or your teacher. But here are […]

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August 02, 2016

7 ways to help children after adoption

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by Kathy Kuhl     I often talk with parents who have adopted or are fostering children who learn differently. Sometimes, after a child’s move from a hard situation, parents need extraordinary resources. Favorite resources for families after adoption The Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE) helps foster and adoptive families. It “promotes adoption awareness, enhances […]

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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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May 24, 2016

Chemicals endangering our children

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By Kathy Kuhl It’s not just parents in Flint, Michigan, who need to keep an eye on what their children are exposed to. But until a crisis looms, who thinks to look into these things? Who has time? We parents of kids with learning challenges especially can be so busy helping our kids keep or […]

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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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March 16, 2016

Developing Basic Skills in Reading & Writing

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by Kathy Kuhl      Review of Diana Hanbury King’s A Guide to Helping Your Child at Home: Developing Foundational Skills in Reading & Writing  Suppose you could get one of the best writing teachers, a specialist in helping struggling learners, to come over to help you understand how to teach your child? What if she […]

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