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How to Foster Independence in Your Kids with Zone Work

If you have children with special needs, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the term “life skills” and have been told how important it is to foster independence in your kids. Although I firmly believe that relationship must come before this, we are now at a point in our therapy where we can focus more…

Speech Therapy on a Shoestring Budget

When our son was first diagnosed with autism, speech therapy was the very first therapy we approached. We began our autism journey in the school system so we took what was offered to us. We were given two thirty minute sessions a week; one of those sessions was group therapy and one was one-on-one. The therapy just didn…

What is the Son-Rise Program®?

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post on the Son-Rise Program®. I am writing to educate parents because this program has sincerely changed our lives and the hope we have for our kids on the spectrum. If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about the Son-Rise Program® more…

10-Day Detox for Autism & ADHD

I could feel it coming. We had visitors in town, the twins had two birthday parties, and then Valentine’s day came. All of this celebration led to a gross overindulgence of sugar and screens. By Valentine’s Day, we were cranky, wired, over-tired, undernourished, overstimulated and sliding frantically down a slippery slope. Screens and sugar &#8211…

How to Homeschool with Little Ones: Part 3

In Part 1 I told you the key to homeschool with little ones has to start with mindset. In Part 2 I shared some practical tips for including those precious infants and toddlers in your homeschool day. Today we’re talking about the pre-school crowd. Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I do not have a degree…

How to Homeschool with Little Ones: Part 2

In Part 1 I told you the key to homeschooling with little ones has to start with mindset. Today we’ll get more practical and focus in on those precious infants and toddlers. To be clear I am talking about kids age newborn – two, but this could seep into the early third year, as well. Disclaimer: I am…

How to Homeschool with Little Ones: Part 1

A few years ago, we were trying to decide if it was a good idea to add another little person to our family. Among other considerations was the aspect of our homeschool. We had a nice routine going – the boys were 5, 5, and 4 then and academic life was very simple. How would it be to be pregnant…

15 Activities to Keep Kids’ Hands Busy During Read-Aloud Time

Read-aloud time. It’s a desire on the checklist of every homeschool mom. We know it’s important and we love to do it but these kids are just so wiggly sometimes we have to wonder if we’re doing it “right.” Do you want to know the trick to a successful read-aloud…

Top 10 Posts of 2016

Here it is again…the beginning of a new year. I thought I would kick off the year by sharing the top 10 posts of 2016! New Years is one of my favorite holidays for the same reason Mondays are my favorite day of the week (I know…I’m probably the only one!). I love them…

Our Favorite “Special Needs Friendly” Curriculum

We have been homeschooling on and off for about five years now and although I love to search the Internet for a new special needs friendly curriculum, I have definitely settled on a few favorites. These are my go-to curriculums when I am planning our year or refining our term; I am pretty sure when it comes to certain…

Is Santa Real?: When Kids Pop the Question

One night at bedtime, my very literal and incredulous (then) five-year-old, popped the question: “Santa’s not real, right?” We’d been in a pattern for a few months of him fact-checking me: “Are superheroes real?” “No. But there are real everyday heroes like daddy, who was a Marine, and…

Must-Read Infant & Toddler Booklist

A few months ago, a friend asked me for book recommendations to start her baby’s library. I had already started putting together an infant and toddler booklist so I was able to answer her request right away. I imagine my friend reached out to me because, well, I’ve kind of been there, done that. Having four…

Must-Read Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Classic literature. Living books. Fairy Tales… If any of these phrases describe your homeschooling experience, you will inevitably come face to face with a very large book containing the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. If you are committed to reading unabridged literature (and Charlotte Mason would want you to be…ahem…;)) then you will probably find…

Silent Reading for Early Elementary

When I was in sixth grade, my favorite time of day was silent reading. I was always an avid reader and there was something so tranquil about an entire classroom of rowdy kids falling hush for half an hour while I poured into a book. Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it? Now imagine this is your house. One reality of…

Kid of the Week: The Parenting Tip that Simplified Life

Every now and then something happens that makes a lot of areas in your life click. Like all moms who have multiple children, I struggle with guilt over everyone getting…enough. Enough attention, enough responsibility, enough time. And then I had a phone call with the mother of one of my very best friends concerning a different issue entirely…

Are You Missing Something Crucial in Your Homeschool?: A Look at Family Time Fitness & a Giveaway

I received a complimentary year of Family Time Fitness Fitness 4 HomeschoolTM in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. I am not exactly what you would call…athletic. It’s not that I don’t want to be – I would love to be that person who…

Break Week for Those Who Homeschool Year Round

This week is a break week for us. Yes, even those of us who homeschool year round need to do this to prevent burnout…not just for the teacher, but also for the kids. Our homeschool operates in 12-week terms but 12 weeks was too long to go without a break. We ended up taking the last week…

Record Keeping When Your Child Has Autism

It’s the end of the school year and if you’re like us you are already out of school. The end of the year means memories, traditions and lots and lots of paper…especially when your child has autism. Record keeping can be overwhelming for any parent but when your child’s life includes therapists…

Summer Schedule & Curriculum 2016

Hot off the press…our summer schedule & curriculum! Just to be clear, this is what our best days look like – the day I persevere to have. That being said, many days do not actually go like this. I keep our daily routine up on our fridge for days I feel really frazzled and off, then I can…

Exciting News from Hoffman Academy

Last summer I wrote a post reviewing Hoffman Academy, telling you how to get free piano lessons for your kids (or you!). Today I have a guest post with more exciting news from our friends at Hoffman Academy… Joseph Hoffman has always wanted one thing, for more people to be able to learn music and to love it while they…