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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February 16, 2016

Auditory Processing: When the Brain Can’t Hear

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By Kathy Kuhl       Book review of When the Brain Can’t Hear by Teri James Bellis, Ph.D. “My child can’t have an auditory problem. His hearing is just fine.” When the ears work great, but the brain has trouble understanding, then the child—or adult—may have an auditory processing disorder (APD). It is also called a […]

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February 09, 2016

If I could send my younger self a letter

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By Kathy Kuhl If I could send a letter back to my younger self in 1997, when I started to homeschool, here’s what I’d write: Dear younger me, Greetings from eighteen years from now. Since I remember how anxious we were in 1997, I thought I’d write. (I’m thinking of your shelves of homeschool catalogs–the […]

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