When Does Homeschool Really Begin? Part 2

When Does Homeschool Really Begin? with The Brain Coach, Dr. Jan BedellThe discussion from part 1 of When Does Homeschool Really Begin? continues as Jan Bedell, the Little Giant Steps’ Brain Coach, leads you through the last stage of brain organization at the cortex level.  The cortex is the thinking part of the brain and is where you interact most with your children.  Be sure to listen to part 1 before continuing to this part as the foundation of brain organization is described there, setting the stage for part 2.  Here in part 2 we delve into specifics of how to give input to those little infant, toddler and preschool brains so life and learning are made easier.  When there are good connections in the brain creating strong pathways, you have the “infrastructure” for great functional ability for a lifetime!

In this episode, discover the three keys to effectively learn anything. In addition, you will be exposed to auditory processing (auditory short term memory) and how this auditory skill is essential for following directions, staying on task, making good decisions by understanding cause and effect and producing the foundational ability to use phonics in the child’s future.  A low auditory processing ability causes the same symptoms that often make parents and professionals suspect and/or label children with ADD and ADHD.  We encourage you to be proactive with your young child and avoid those types of learning challenges as well as reading struggles that are often on the dyslexia checklist. Make sure your little ones progress through all the developmental steps so you can avoid learning struggles and labels in their future.

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When Does Homeschool Begin?

When does Homeschooling Begin?  With Dr. Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach!Most people don’t think about educating their children until pre-school age. In this episode, the Brain Coach lets you in on some tips that will save you hours of effort in later years.  When children go through ALL the developmental steps that God intended, the foundation for successful education is laid.  Children will then be ready for more formal education.  It is our belief that these steps are so strategic that learning challenges and even labels like ADD, ADHD and reading difficulties can be avoided when the developmental foundation is fully functional.

Between birth and two years of age, a child’s brain grows at explosive rates.  Learning to “input” information in the form of sensory involvement (auditory, visual, tactile, smells and tastes) can accelerate brain growth. This causes the development/formation of proper neurological pathways, which resemble super highways.  When the networks of super highways exist, the brain is able to take the most efficient route in accomplishing a task.  You will learn to use those strategic moments in your day to help your infant be “home schooled” from birth.

The attached handout will help guide you through this episode and give you links to pertinent information and discounts. Click to download here!

The Best Way to Teach Reading

best way to teach readingThe almost militant battle of how to best teach reading has been waged over the last 150+ years with proponents from both sides being adamant about their recommendations.  As the reading curriculum pendulum has swung back and forth from phonics to sight to phonics the controversy roars on with little attention given to anything except technique. This narrow view of reading has resulted in millions of individuals being diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading and language delays.

With the introduction of learning styles even more reading techniques abound.  Phonics is an auditory approach to reading. One must hold each sound in auditory short-term memory long enough to get the word “sounded out”. If the child’s auditory short-term memory (processing) is low, phonics doesn’t work well, and the parents typically finds themselves moving from one phonics program to the next.  This is often the case in the home school community because phonics is viewed as “THE” best way to teach reading.  Don’t get me wrong; I love phonics and it is a terrific way to teach reading IF the child has good auditory processing. If not, there is frustration, tears and feelings of low self-esteem.

A visual learner might pick up sight words easily but struggle with phonics because of the learner’s visual bend.  For the tactile learner, reading is a real challenge as it is time consuming and inefficient to create each word you need to learn out of pipe cleaners or the like.

In this episode, the Brain Coach will give you tips on what functions must be working well in the brain for reading to take place as she reveals the best way to teach reading.

 

Don’t miss the handout attached here with links to pertinent information and discounts.

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Organizing Einstein: Enhancing the Abilities of the Gifted Learner Part 2

gifted learnerOrganizing Einstein: Enhancing the Abilities of the Gifted Learner

Part Two – with Dr. Jan Bedell

In part two, the Brain Coach continues the workshop on staying ahead of that voracious appetite for new ideas and expanded content that comes with a gifted learner.  Additionally, the concept of teaching with frequency, intensity and duration to accelerate learning and make academics more effective is expanded in part two.

In this podcast, we will discuss the importance of all learning channels working well because each channel is designed to process particular types of information.  For example, the best channel for math facts is the auditory system.  After listening to the podcast, you will understand why today’s children are having such a hard time learning their math facts because of our cultural practice of drill without giving enough input.  The Rapid Recall System for mastery of math facts makes math assignments easier and changes mental math abilities for gifted, typical or struggling learners for a lifetime.

Look for examples of Montessori-inspired unit studies to improve general knowledge, visual discrimination, and reading skills.  For example, teaching around a common theme like animals of a certain country or region can expand to include geography, climates, science and more. Pictures of these unit study projects are included in your handout.

Learn how simple activities can accelerate auditory and visual processing (short term memory) and aid an already gifted child to higher functional ability. Storing information in the correct hemisphere of the brain makes for quick retrieval. Two specific ways that information gets to long term memory, visualization and conceptualization, are brought to light during this session. Included in this discussion are ways to improve visualization specifically (see handout). 

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Organizing Einstein: Enhancing the Abilities of the Gifted Learner Part 1

The Gifted Learner with Dr. Jan Bedell


When your child has an above average IQ, you have a whole new set of challenges.  Staying ahead of that voracious appetite for new ideas and expanded content can definitely keep a home school mom hopping. The goals for podcast #26 (part 1) and #27 (part 2) are:

  1. Equip you with information that can cut teaching time and accelerate academic results.
  2. Explain the concept of Input vs Output
  3. Give you the Three Keys to Learning, ANYTHING
  4. Give you another opportunity to THINK DIFFERENTLY!

As a home school mom you have a great desire to have children who:

  • Read Well/Comprehend
  • Are Great at Math
  • Stay on Task
  • Follow Directions
  • Become Independent Learners

The premise of the NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life is that to have these abilities one needs a foundation of organized brain function. This is the only way the full potential of the gifted learner can be realized.  All people, including the highly intelligent, need a brain that works efficiently to realize their maximum potential. This is possible when ones’ brain is organized well so that it can receive, process, store and use information proficiently.

In this podcast, you will hear how the brain is organized and the importance of making sure all learning channels are working well. This is important for bringing in information (what happens when one is learning) in the most efficient way possible. Dr. Jan will discuss aspects of the tactile channel, including how to make handwriting easier, as well as what information is best brought in through the visual channel.

Be sure to tune in next week for part two that will include the auditory learning channel.

Don’t miss the handout attached here with links to pertinent information and discounts.

Handout Number – #26

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Special Needs Homeschooling 101

special needs homeschooling 101

Special Featured Author Dr. Jan Bedell

Do you have a child with special learning needs?  While every child is unique and needs specialized attention, some seem to require more. They struggle to progress through typical milestones and traditional curriculum and approaches don’t help them.   That was my dilemma with my first born, Jenee’.  When she was 5-6 years old, I remember thinking that I could do better than what I was observing in her school classroom but being educated as a public school teacher in the 70’s the public school mindset is all you know. That is until God opened my eyes of understanding for a different way. When Jenee’ was 9, God led me to home school and it changed my life. Homeschooling was the best decision I ever made. If you are concerned that you might not have the skills or training, don’t be.  God will show you the way; he will equip you as he calls you.

No matter where you are in your journey with your special needs child, whether you are just now considering home school for this special person in your life or are a veteran, all need encouragement and equipping past our current knowledge level.  My prayer is that you find that in Podcast #25, “Special Needs Homeschooling 101.” In this episode, I will share more of my journey and how God led me every step of the way.

Fear can be one of the biggest battles for a mom of a special needs child. What does the future hold for this child? What if people make fun of him or misinterpret his action? What will happen when I am not here to help her? Will friends be a part of his life? How do I afford all these therapies that she needs? Remember this: fear is like a magnet that goes into the future and pulls toward you what you do not want. In Job 3:25, Job said, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” God tells us 365 times in the Bible not to fear.  Having a child that seems to be more vulnerable than most makes these admonishments not to fear easier “read” than “done.” It is important that you push back against these fears as they are counter-productive and often cause the child to experience anxiety as well. What’s a mom to do?  Well, when you are tempted to fear, replace that thought with this one: Faith goes into the future and pulls toward you what you do want.  I often tell the parents of my clients to think of it this way. The God of the Universe that flung the stars into their exact place in the sky has our precious little or big ones right in the palm of his hand.  How much more secure can we be?

Be sure to listen to Brain Coach Tips #25: Special Needs Homeschooling 101 on the Ultimate Home School Radio Network. This podcast, sponsored by Little Giant Steps, contains some specific strategies and curriculum recommendations to make life easier for you and your child.  It airs April 13, 2017 and includes:

  1. How I laughed more and cried more over my special child than anything else in life.
  2. Seeing what God might be doing in you through the experience of having a special needs child
  3. Creating and celebrating every small step along the way.
  4. Keeping yourself encouraged
  5. Equipping yourself for success through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach to Life.

About the author

Dr. Jan Bedell is an author and creates a podcast weekly on the topic of special needs, on Brain Coach Tips, here. She is the creator of a dynamic curriculum for parents of children who learn differently. Her program and seminars have given hope to many. Visit her website at Little Giant Steps.

Special Needs Homeschooling 101

special needs homeschooling 101Do you have a child with special learning needs?  While every child is unique and needs specialized attention, some seem to require more. They struggle to progress through typical milestones and traditional curriculum and approaches don’t seem to help them much.  They have learning, behavioral or emotional struggles or have received labels like Sensory Integration Disorder, autism, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, bi-polar disorder, Down Syndrome and a myriad of other syndromes. Included in this mix are acronyms like PDD, OCD, CAPD, ODD. Oh my, what is a parent to do?

In this podcast, you will learn of my dilemma of how to help our oldest daughter, Jenee’ who was born with special needs.  God’s providence brought me to The NeuroDevelopmental Approach and changed both of our lives.  Unaware that homeschooling even existed, a move to Dallas, TX and attending a new church brought that possibility to my family in 1986 when homeschooling was still illegal in many parts of the US.

No matter where you are in your journey with your special needs child, whether you are just now considering home school for this special person in your life or are a veteran, all need encouragement and equipping past the current knowledge level.  Be assured that God will show you the way; he will equip you as he calls you.

Fear can be one of the biggest battles for a mom of a special needs child. What does the future hold for this child? What if people make fun of him or misinterpret his action? What will happen when I am not here to help her? Will friends be a part of his life? How do I afford all these therapies that she needs? As you listen this week, I hope to encourage you as well as give you ways to cast that fear aside.

This podcast, sponsored by Little Giant Steps, contains some specific strategies and curriculum recommendations to make life easier for you and your child.  I will share my story of how I laughed more and cried more over my special child than anything else in life, plus how to:

  1. See what God might be doing in you through the experience of having a special needs child
  2. Create and celebrate every small step along the way
  3. Keep yourself encouraged
  4. Equip yourself for success through The NeuroDevelopmental Approach for Life

Don’t miss the handout attached here with links to pertinent information and discounts.

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