Reading Challenge: Update June 2016

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Here is an update of what I have read to date for the Tim Challies 2016 Reading Challenge, and what my 5 year old daughter and I have read together for the CounterCultural School Reading Challenge. We are a little late to the party, as we just discovered and started the Reading Challenge in late [...]

Kids Reading Challenge

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I recently found Tim Challies’ 2016 Reading Challenge post. Since I am trying to make a conscious effort to do more reading, I decided to jump in with both feet, even though 2016 is half gone. In his challenge he lists 104 categories of books to choose from and the idea is to read one [...]

Classical Conversations: Modifications for Doing the Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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My 10th grade son started the Classical Conversations Challenge program last year–in Challenge III. This is a pretty rigorous program for any student, and it was a bit daunting for him to start there, with no previous challenge background (we have a new challenge program on our campus). Also, he has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and slow [...]

Classical Conversations Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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After a year of Classical Conversations with my younger set we decided to take the plunge and enroll two of our older boys in the Challenge Program, which was new on our campus last fall. Our 10th grader was in Challenge III and our 8th grader was in Challenge A. Challenge A and B are for [...]

The Dyslexic and High School

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I have written many posts about homeschooling my dyslexic child through elementary school, but very little about high school. We adopted a child with special needs two years ago and I stopped blogging, due to time constraints. I have fielded several questions recently about homeschooling my dyslexic child in high school, so I am going [...]

The Perils of Pinterest

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I wrote a post about how to use the social media image-driven website Pinterest in 2011, shortly after the site went public.  At that time I wasn’t aware the risks Pinterest poses for our children. Pinterest users create virtual bulletin boards and pin anything they want to from the internet.  People pin everything from recipes to decorating ideas. You [...]

Homeschooling a Child with a Learning Disability

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Homeschooling my oldest son has always been a breeze.  He learned to read when he was 3, and my greatest educational challenge with him was poor penmanship. I was not prepared for the struggles I faced with our second son.  He wasn’t ready to read at age 3. Or at age 4. Or at 5. [...]

Our new adoption blog and deleting this feed

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I want to apologize to everyone who keeps getting emails from this blog! I am not sure whether I have been hacked or if the problem lies with Feedburner, but although I haven’t posted anything new for awhile my blog keeps sending out posts.  I haven’t been able to do anything about it as I [...]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Technology

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Ipod: I could write a whole post on the iPod and great apps for dyslexics (and I will try to do so soon!), but for the sake of brevity I will just say that my dyslexic son uses his iPod daily for school.  He can write emails using voice commands (eliminating the need for typing). [...]

Resources for the Dyslexic Child

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UPDATE: This resource list has become so long over the years that I have decided to break it up by subject as a series of posts.  The posts in this resource series are linked below. Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Phonics and Early Readers Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Spelling Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Handwriting and Copywork [...]