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Resource Review: Epic! books

Link: Cost: 7.99 USD per month Ages: The website says 12 and under but I’ve used it with older ND children This is a resource I use daily when working with homeschoolers. It has over 40,000 virtual ebooks, audiobooks, and educational videos. Pros: Amazing non-fiction selections A great resource when following student interests Many books have a “Read to Me” option with a natural voice reading aloud while the app highlights each word as it is read. this is a really

21 Life Skills for Homeschoolers

As a special educator who works with homeschoolers, developing life skills is a priority for most of my students and families. Life skills are the skills needed to meet one’s needs with increasing independence and live autonomously. Life skills are important for all children not just children with disabilities. Life skills may look different depending on the child, their abilities, needs, interests, and age. I collaborate with parents to embed life skills into academic learni

Enthusiastic Progress in Neurodivergent Virtual Learning

As a special educator in the United States, public school systems, a big challenge I faced was students who were burnt out with long school days filled with a standard-based curriculum that was unengaging and unsuited to students’ development levels. With a large caseload, I was often unable to curate resources and plan extensively for each individual child. It was a pressure-filled environment that left me feeling stretched thin and frustrated with the lack of authentic joy

Integrating Science and Reading Comprehension

#homeschool #specialeducation #tutoring #reading #readingcomprehension #science #autism #adhd Integrating interest-based science concepts has been key to the reading comprehension gains of my students. This is especially true for my Autistic students who have a preference for non-fiction reading material. Integrating science into reading comprehension not only engages students but also develops essential background knowledge and vocabulary needed for reading comprehension su

Child-Centered Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension instructional practices in the US public education system emphasize skills needed to master testing standards. Practices include testing interactions before, during, and after teaching. Oftentimes the emphasis on testing and data collection overtakes teaching time. Working with homeschoolers has allowed me to shift toward a child-centered approach to reading comprehension. Child-centered instruction aims to support academic growth while honoring the chil

Why Neurodiverse Children Need Neurodiverse Educators

During my first year as a special educator in the public school system, I was recognized for my ability to support Autistic and neurodivergent children as well as children with trauma histories. I was immediately identified as someone with a strong ability to provide care when a child was in crisis and was often asked to train others in inclusion strategies and how to respond in when a child was in crisis. I was often asked what my “secret” was and it was assumed that my skil

Making Mindfulness a Foundational Part of Home Education

With the ever-growing uncertainty in the world today, the ability to be fully present in each moment becomes even more crucial. By learning to to be fully present in our bodies and connected to the senses we become more grounded and able to lead lives guided by our own intuitive wisdom necessary. The Science Behind Mindfulness Practices in Early Childhood Some of the most well-documented benefits of mindfulness include increases in positive moods, overall health, focus and at

Welcoming the New Year with Creative Expression and Vulnerability

Every year, between the threshold of the old year and the new, during the Capricorn days following Christmas that spill over into the new year, I create a board. Not a vision board. There are no photos of dream vacation destinations or mention of goals or aspirations. It’s rather a reflection board. It’s an invitation to channel my highest creative self and create a bold and unapologetic expression of who I am in that particular moment. I give myself complete artistic freedo

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