What’s worse: being chronically late—or having a child who is? Either way we feel frustrated and helpless. In my last post, I recommended four ways to train your children to be more aware of how long it takes them to do tasks. Give them practice in estimating how long different tasks take. Compare the estimates [...]
How do you help an angry child? When the child has learning challenges, it can be extra difficult. To help our children exercise self-control, we have to control ourselves, keep everyone safe, and then consider what will settle them. One mother I interviewed for Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner told a story illustrating this. At [...]
“Focus! Concentrate!”: Why can my kid focus on their video game for hours, but school work for only five minutes?
Have you ever wondered why your kiddo seems to be able to focus on his video game or her television show, but can’t seem to pay attention to you or focus on their school work? It doesn’t seem to be just those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) that have a difficult time paying [...]
Ah, Christmas vacation! That time of year when most children have at least two weeks off from school and many homeschool families stretch the break over a month. The extra holiday activities such as cooking and baking, extra outings, and visiting family and friends all blend together to make the perfect recipe for holiday [...]
What do we tell our kid’s teachers 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 some guidelines: Does your child have issues that [...]
Congratulations! Your child’s co-op teacher, scoutmaster, or another group leader, has asked how to help this child with learning challenges. What do you say? First, review my last post on communicating with co-op teachers regarding your child’s challenges: Remember to keep it short and simple. Give a one or two sentence description of the student’s difficulties [...]