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A Place Called Special
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Hey Mama,
If you're wondering whether you can homeschool your special needs child or are looking for suggestions from moms who've been there, check out these articles:

Ten Reasons to Homeschool Your Child With Special Needs


Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child

Is Special Needs Homeschooling Possible?

And remember . . .
YOU are right where you're supposed to be. The Lord has set you on this journey, this beautiful path called Motherhood. Along the way, you will experience joy, pain, grief, sadness, delight, great laughter, satisfaction, sufficiency, contentment, gratification, hilarity, glee, fearfulness, trepidation, chicken-heartedness, dread, qualm, doubt, bliss, and absolute CLOUD NINE.
Take it all, Mama; these are individual threads in that great tapestry the Lord has designed for your life. Each is a small pebble in the cobblestone roadway you walk. And you older Mamas already know this. But we all can use the memo once in a while: joy comes in the morning. At the end of it all, may we be found faithful. May we race gladly towards the prize. The Lord is IN THIS LIFE of yours! He IS our life!
Take joy even in the trials. Embrace it all. It's not random! God is not aimless! There is purpose here. Do you trust your great God and Savior? Do you believe He will make all things good for our benefit, for His glory? Yes! You are on the right path, pretty Mama! Keep walking down that beautiful road of many stones. His hand is on your head today.

~ gena


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Help For Struggling Students

Your child is struggling to read, or write, or learn math facts. You've tried everything you can think of, but nothing seems to help. You've seen your share of tears or resistance.
Kids struggle with schoolwork for a variety of reasons--anxiety, poor memory skills, learning disabilities like dyslexia, and ADD/ADHD. When children struggle, they can't sustain the focus they need, especially to learn things they don't understand. So what can you do? Relax, take a breath, and go back to basics:
  • Remember that acquiring any new skill requires practice, but to struggling kids, practice often feels like punishment. Even though they generally need more practice than others, the practice must fit their unique needs and personality, and you may need to adjust your expectations.
  • Make sure when working with your child that s/he isn't hungry, thirsty, or sleepy. Choose a time when he or she is most alert, and distractions are few. If those adjustments still don't help, visit your pediatrician and ask for a referral for educational testing to rule out ADD/ADHD or other issues. You can't solve a problem until you've accurately determined what's causing it.
  • MAKE IT FUN. Learning comes naturally when we're engaged, and we're never more engaged than when having fun. And rest assured--if your child is struggling, he isn't having fun.
Learning specialists Drs. Linda and Al Silbert have helped literally thousands of struggling students develop good study skills and find success in reading, writing, and arithmetic.
How did they do it? By going back to basics with every child--providing an emotionally-safe, fun learning environment, identifying the specific obstacles standing in the way for each child, and then customizing the learning approach to fit the child. They've worked with students of all ages using a variety of games, stories, plays, and other activities they developed to make learning fun, while providing the practice every struggling child needs.
Now they're making those games and activities available to you! Visit the website at and choose from card games, old-fashioned "lotto" games, activity kits, and more . . . and watch your struggling student soar.
Still not sure where to start? For more information, download the free E-Book, Why Kids Struggle and What to Do About It! Or contact Dr. Linda directly. Email her at or call 845-628-7910 for assistance. Here's to a new year of academic success!
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Diana Waring
Dear Friends,

One of the richest blessings of teaching our kids at home is the freedom it provides:
  • We are free to slow down the pace;
  • We are free to wrap the learning experience up in a blanket of love, assurance, and acceptance;
  • We are free to give all of our kids a customized education that meets their specific needs;
  • And, we are free to invest far more time and energy in each of our kids than any "professional" would ever dream of being able to do.
With that freedom, homeschool moms and dads have made astonishing sacrifices on behalf of their special needs children. I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of these parents, and, honestly, they are heroes to me . . .
If this is your calling, if you have chosen to teach your special needs child at home, then know that your labor bears some of the sweetest fruit of all.
And, for all of us, may we renew our commitment to making home a special place!

Remember, stay relational!



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A place called special . . .
I won't pretend to be a special needs expert, but I will say special needs kids do best in a SPECIAL place. And that place is called HOME. 
The world tells parents of special needs children to get them out of the home and into a place filled with EXPERTS. I'm telling you that's a bunch of baloney! God gave your children the mother they need and placed them in your home to live, learn, and grow. HOME is the best place for your special needs child. In fact, there is no better place.
Fight the urge to ship them off, and allow the power of family and home to nurture them. Don't worry about test scores and how they measure up. Just love them . . . enjoy them . . . and keep them home where they belong (to steal Deborah Wuehler's line).
But, hey, it's still summer and you shouldn't be worrying about homeschooling and teaching . . . and blah blah blah blah blah. Instead you should let your children play, explore, be bored, and discover. And you should relax, putter, clean out, organize, and bask in the glory of summer vacation.

And all that happens at HOME . . . a place called special.

Be real,


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For the month of July 2016  
Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming, was written by Bryson Payne, and published by No Starch Press. Dr. Payne has been a computer science professor at the University of North Georgia for over fifteen years. In Teach Your Kids to Code, he has taken his thirty years of programming experience and helped make computer programming accessible to parents.
Obviously, you will need a computer to apply the coding lessons in this book. You will also need to download certain programs and modules onto your computer. The very first chapter instructs you to download Python so you can begin programming with the Python language in chapter two.
There are 308 pages divided into ten chapters, an introduction, three appendices, and a glossary. The appendices contain screen shots and step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing Python, Pygame, and other required modules on your computer. These downloads are all available free, so there isn't any additional cost. The instructions are individualized for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems and are very clearly explained.
Teach Your Kids to Code isn't specifically intended for homeschool use, but it is well-suited for homeschooling families. Teenagers can manage to work through it on their own. A ten- to twelve-year-old would probably need more parental help. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under ten, unless you are ready to learn alongside the child.
My 14-year-old son is using Teach Your Kids to Code on his own, as part of his computer science credit for high school. It reminds me of the programming I learned in high school, creating simple games. With only ten chapters, this isn't really a semester's worth of work, unless the student spends extra time experimenting with the code to make changes to the original program after it's created. My son is using it in conjunction with another programming book, to make it worth a full credit--two semester's worth of work.
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