Homeschooling Children with Unique Needs, Part Two

During this two-part series, homeschool mom and former teacher Felice Gerwitz, who holds a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, talks about homeschooling children with a variety of learning styles and unique needs.Episode #19 – Unique needs may be remedial, gifted, illness, and everything in between. During this two-part series, homeschool mom and former teacher Felice Gerwitz, who holds a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, talks about homeschooling children with a variety of learning styles and unique needs.

Realizing that she was taught to teach to a child’s strengths but never how to work with their weaknesses, Felice saw that the public school system was failing students with needs that didn’t fit with the norm. Then as her own children grew older and she saw they had unique needs of their own, Felice sought a better way to help each of them educationally.

Sharing from her special education background and over 35 years of homeschooling, part one of this two-part series touches on the unique needs of each of her four children and her journey to finding methods to meet those needs. Her children are now grown and productive, successful adults. Listen in to find out how she thought outside the box to accommodate her children’s learning needs and how you, too, can teach a unique learner.

Felice Gerwitz is a creative, energetic, outside-of-the-box thinker. She is an author, hosts several podcasts, and is the founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network and the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. Felice is a life-long Catholic Christian who loves and serves the Lord Jesus Christ. A graduate of Florida Southern College, she is a former teacher with a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education.

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Homeschooling Children with Unique Needs – Part One

During this two-part series, homeschool mom and former teacher Felice Gerwitz, who holds a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, talks about homeschooling children with a variety of learning styles and unique needs.Episode #18 – Unique needs may be remedial, gifted, illness, and everything in between. During this two-part series, homeschool mom and former teacher Felice Gerwitz, who holds a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, talks about homeschooling children with a variety of learning styles and unique needs.

Realizing that she was taught to teach to a child’s strengths but never how to work with their weaknesses, Felice saw that the public school system was failing students with needs that didn’t fit with the norm. Then as her own children grew older and she saw they had unique needs of their own, Felice sought a better way to help each of them educationally.

Sharing from her special education background and over 35 years of homeschooling, part one of this two-part series touches on the unique needs of each of her four children and her journey to finding methods to meet those needs. Her children are now grown and productive, successful adults. Listen in to find out how she thought outside the box to accommodate her children’s learning needs and how you, too, can teach a unique learner.

Felice Gerwitz is a creative, energetic, outside-of-the-box thinker. She is an author, hosts several podcasts, and is the founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network and the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. Felice is a life-long Catholic Christian who loves and serves the Lord Jesus Christ. A graduate of Florida Southern College, she is a former teacher with a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education.

Listen to Part Two

Recommended Card Games:

  • Set – Visual Perception Game
  • Set Junior
  • Quiddler – Short word game
  • Word Spiel

Other Resources:

Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Christian Podcast Network

Media Angels, INC

Vintage Homeschool Moms Podcast

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Upper Iowa University is committed to providing quality, affordable education to service members and their families. Service members, spouses and dependents qualify for tuition savings with their Military Family Grant on undergraduate and graduate degrees. UIU programs are available online, on campus and at one of their learning centers across the country. Work one-on-one with an advisor to reach your educational goals. Learn more at UIU.EDU/MilitaryHomeSchool

 

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone, tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast, and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

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Episode #17- Non-Profit Founder Discovers Homeschooling Equals Flexibility and Togetherness For Her Busy Family

Listen in to hear how Sabrina Johannes chose curriculum and settled into a homeschool routine, all while running a busy non-profit business and preparing for an overseas PCS to Germany.Pushed into it because of Covid, Sabrina Johannes has since gratefully discovered that homeschooling isn’t nearly as stressful as doing public school at home. This mom of two and founder of Deployed Love enjoys the flexibility and togetherness that homeschooling affords her busy family.

 

When Covid happened, Sabrina and her family found themselves doing public school at home but were dissatisfied with the school’s handling of the situation. So they decided to homeschool. At first unsure of where to start, Sabrina soon discovered that homeschooling was much less stressful than trying to do public school at home. Plus, they enjoy the flexibility and family time that homeschooling affords their family.

 

Listen in to hear how Sabrina Johannes chose curriculum and settled into a homeschool routine, all while running a busy non-profit business and preparing for an overseas PCS to Germany.

 

Sabrina Johannes is a veteran spouse and has been part of the military community for over 13 years. Currently homeschooling two kids (Kyra, 10, and Darren, 7) while also running a national non-profit. To say she’s busy is an understatement, but she thrives in the fact they can be flexible with school and find a schedule that best fits their family’s schedules. Sabrina and her family are in the midst of a PCS overseas to Germany.

 

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Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone; tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

 

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Matthew Leaves Everything to Follow Jesus

Listen in to today’s episode as we explore the life of Matthew and learn how we can effectively share the Gospel message with those around us.Considered among the worst of sinners, hated by his fellow Jews, let’s find out how this greedy, unscrupulous tax collector left that life behind to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

His Greek name, Matthew, means “gift of God.” His father’s name was Alphaeus, as we read in Mark 2:14, where he is also called by his Hebrew name, Levi. It was not unusual for first-century Jews to have both a Semitic and Greco-Roman name; it is likely this apostle’s full name was Levi Matthew. The name, Levi, indicated his priestly lineage in the line of Levi, who was one of the sons of Jacob, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel

Matthew’s occupation was that of a publican or tax collector in Capernaum, collecting tariffs on goods that passed on the road between Damascus and the Mediterranean Sea. Publicans or tax collectors are historically despised in every culture. During this time, they were especially hated by the Jews and the Pharisees considered tax collectors the worst of sinners. However, when Matthew had a life-changing encounter with Jesus, he left behind the source of his riches, his position of power, security, comfort for traveling, hardship, and eventual martyrdom; Matthew left his old life for a new life with Jesus.

Listen in to today’s episode as we explore the life of Matthew and learn how we can effectively share the Gospel message with those around us.

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Be sure to join us next time on the History for Christian Teens podcast when we discover the lasting impact of second chances for the nephew of a New Testament missionary.

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

Scripture references:

  • Matthew 9:9-13
  • Matthew 10:3
  • Mark 2:14-17
  • Luke 5:17-32
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 17
  • Matthew 5:13-16

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Episode #16- How to Prepare Your Homeschooled Teen for College

Military Education Services Coordinator, Kelly Robinson, shares tips and insight on preparing homeschool students for college so they can get the most out of their college experience!Military Education Services Coordinator, Kelly Robinson, shares tips and insight on preparing homeschool students for college so they can get the most out of their college experience!

The subject of college is often at the forefront of every parent’s mind during the high school years. However, for military parents who homeschool, the thought can be a little confusing and even intimidating. Questions arise like: Can my homeschooled teen get into college? How well do homeschooled military kids adjust? How do I prepare my teen for college? Upper Iowa University specializes in providing quality, affordable education to service members and their families. UIU’s Military Education Services Coordinator, Kelly Robinson, explains how to take the stress out of college prep.

Kelly Robinson is a military spouse and proud mom to 3 great kids. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has worked in higher education for more than two decades in athletics, admissions, career and academic advising, and as an adjunct instructor. She is currently the military education services coordinator at Upper Iowa University, where she enjoys the opportunity to work with service members and their families to reach academic goals at UIU in both an admissions and advising capacity. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, painting, coaching her kids’ athletic teams, and sipping coffee on her front porch.

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Episode #15- Homeschooling Preschool

Today we're talking preschool, more specifically preschool at home. What are the benefits of homeschooling during the preschool years for military families? How do you create a homeschool preschool program, and does your child really need preschool?

Today we’re talking preschool, more specifically preschool at home. What are the benefits of homeschooling during the preschool years for military families? How do you create a homeschool preschool program, and does your child really need preschool?

As the parent of your child, the decision to send your child to preschool, homeschool preschool, or not do preschool at all is totally up to you. You know your child best. So, whatever decision you and your spouse make is yours and yours alone to make. The purpose of this show is not to shame anyone or try to convince anyone of what they should do. In fact, that’s one of the reasons we homeschool- for the freedom to choose what’s right for our children!

On today’s episode, Crystal shares her personal observations and opinions regarding preschool. With a background in child development, she sent her children to private and public preschools and preschooled at home. Although not all with one child!

Listen in to learn a brief history of preschool and kindergarten programs in the United States and how to determine if your child is ready for preschool. You will also learn easy and low-cost ways to teach your young child at home, even if your child isn’t ready for formal academics. Then, when your child is ready, Crystal shares two preschool programs that she’s used, as well as some low-cost alternatives available online or at the local discount store or bookstore.

If you’ve got an up-and-coming preschooler, don’t miss this episode!

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Episode #27- John the Baptist Boldly Prepares the Way

You’ve probably heard of him, but who was John the Baptist, and what was his mission?You’ve probably heard of him, but who was John the Baptist, and what was his mission? For this episode, let’s explore the life and ministry of the man who prepared the way for Christ’s earthly ministry.

 

John’s birth was miraculous. His parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were elderly and had no children when the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah to tell him that he would finally have a son. But, Zechariah questioned the angel of the Lord, wondering how they could possibly become parents in their old age. As a result, Zechariah was rendered unable to speak for the duration of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.

 

While the couple were awaiting their son’s birth, Elizabeth had a special visitor, her cousin Mary, who was also with child. But the child within Mary’s womb was like no other and Elizabeth’s child leaped for joy within her womb. A beautiful reminder that even before birth, we are very much alive and able to sense the Spirit of the Lord. It’s also a foreshadowing of the special ministry that the baby would grow up to have as he called people to repent and follow Christ.

 

At the baby’s circumcision, when Zechariah confirmed that the chosen name for their son was John, his voice returned to him, and he was able to speak. Upon this, Zechariah prophesied about his son, saying, “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1: 76-79).

 

John the Baptist, as he became known, lived a life of boldness for the Lord right up until his untimely death. Listen in to learn more about this incredible man and what we can learn from his life and ministry to apply to our own lives as believers.

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Be sure to join us next time on the History for Christian Teens podcast when we find out how a greedy tax collector became a Christ-follower.

 

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Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Luke 1:5-20
  • Luke 1:42-45, 66
  • Luke 1: 68-79
  • Matthew 3: 1-3, 5-6
  • Romans 6:3-11
  • Matthew 3:11, 14-17, 26-30
  • Luke 7:21-23
  • Proverbs 28:1
  • Acts 4:31
  • John 3:30

 

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Episode #14- Author Sarah Doran: Children’s Literature with an Appreciation for Military Life and Culture

Author Sarah Doran is on a quest to put well-written and beautifully illustrated children’s books depicting the military family lifestyle into the hands of military children and the community around them.Looking for quality children’s literature that shares an appreciation for the military culture and family life? Author Sarah Doran is on a quest to put well-written and beautifully illustrated children’s books depicting the military family lifestyle into the hands of military children and the community around them.

Her first military children’s book is called The Peppered Sky, which is based on Sarah’s memories of watching her father perform in airborne training operations at Fort Bragg. The book follows military siblings, Haley and Mason, as they go out to the drop zone with their mom and puppy to watch dad jump out of the sky.

Sarah Doran lives in Temple, Texas with her husband, two boys, and cat named “Autumn.” Growing up as a military child, Sarah has fond memories with her mother, two brothers, and sister, watching her father jump out of airplanes as an Army Airborne paratrooper. Serving in the Army herself as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/crew-chief from 2007-2013, Sarah supported Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2011-2012). When she married her husband in 2010, also a Blackhawk Crew Chief, the “military spouse” title was added to her record. Today, Sarah enjoys homeschooling her boys, writing stories, and being involved in her local community and church.

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Interview with Stepheny Seabolt: I Don’t Have to Look Like the Public School

Military Homeschool Podcast - Interview with Stepheny Seabolt: I Don’t Have to Look Like the Public SchoolEpisode #13- Interview with Stepheny Seabolt: I Don’t Have to Look Like the Public School

On this episode, meet Stepheny Seabolt, who explains how her view of homeschooling has changed and how she now chooses and utilizes curriculum with the insights she’s gained through nearly a decade of homeschooling under her belt.

Ten years ago, when Stepheny began encountering problems with her local public school, she reached out to the school administration, who seemed unwilling to address her concerns. When charter school didn’t work out either, Stepheny and her husband decided to homeschool. At first, upon recommendations from other homeschoolers in online groups, she used free homeschool programs. But, as her daughter got older and she added two more children to the mix, it became more difficult and time consuming to use the free programs.

She also realized that with three children vying for her time, she needed a home education program in which she could combine multiple ages for different subjects. Stepheny admits, “I was the one who thought we had to do all the worksheets and all the flashcards and all the drills, and it almost drove me insane.” Her advice for new homeschoolers as they search out homeschool curriculum options is to know that “you don’t have to do everything.” Stepheny shares that she eventually realized, “I don’t have to look like the public school.”

Nowadays, Stepheny says, “What I use changes based on each kid because each has their individual needs.” This ability to be flexible and to determine what works best for our family is a huge benefit of homeschooling!

Listen in to hear more of Stepheny’s insights from nearly a decade of homeschooling and using many different curricula over the years. She also shares what she looks for in a homeschool program.

 

Stepheny Seabolt is the wife of one amazing husband and the mama to three very interesting kiddos, ages 12, 13, and 16. A West Virginia gal through and through, even though she’s currently stuck in North Carolina. She and her family are getting ready to start their tenth year of homeschooling next month. Stepheny went back to school in 2016 and received her associate’s degree in business administration. She also runs a homeschool bookstore from home and works with The Old Schoolhouse to help other parents get started homeschooling. In her free time, Stepheny loves to cook from scratch, read, sing, and add to the list of places she doesn’t have to wear shoes!

 

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Joseph: Fatherhood Isn’t Only About Biology

Joseph Fatherhood Isn’t Only About BiologyEpisode #26- Joseph: Fatherhood Isn’t Only About Biology

On this episode of History for Christian Teens, we take a look at a humble, God-fearing adoptive father who made an eternal impact.

Joseph was engaged to be married to a young Jewish maiden named Mary. However, Mary becomes pregnant, and it’s not Joseph’s child. Rather than disgrace her, Joseph planned to divorce her quietly. But, that night, an angel of the Lord visited Joseph and explained to him that the child Mary was carrying was from the Holy Spirit, instructing him to take Mary as his wife and give the child the name Jesus. The decision to obey the Lord wouldn’t be without consequences for Joseph. His reputation, as well as his wife’s, would always be tarnished by the suspicion that they had sinned before marriage. Regardless, Joseph trusted the Lord and obeyed Him without question.

Throughout the account of Joseph’s brief story in the Bible, we see that he was a man of godly character who provided for and protected Jesus and his mother. When Jesus was an adult, people often referred to Him as the “son of Joseph,” although the Gospel writers were careful to maintain that Jesus’ true Father was God, with Joseph being more of a step-father or adoptive father. Joseph isn’t mentioned in any of the accounts of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The absence of Joseph in the stories of Jesus’ earthly ministry has led many to believe that Joseph died sometime between the last Biblical account of Joseph, when Jesus was 12, and when Jesus launched His earthly ministry as an adult. The fact that Jesus, as He was dying on the cross, committed the care of His mother to John gives us an indication that Joseph had indeed passed away by that time.

Listen in to learn how Jewish betrothal was different from engagements in today’s culture and, most importantly, what we can learn from the man who stepped up and stepped into the role of earthly father to Jesus Christ.

On the next episode- Be sure to join us next time on the History for Christian Teens podcast when we’ll explore the life of the man who prepared the way for Christ’s earthly ministry.

 

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Mathew 1-2
  • Luke 1:31-38
  • Luke 2: 22-40
  • Luke 3
  • 1 Timothy 5:8
  • Genesis 18:19
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-9

 

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