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.

Listen to Part One

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My Favorite Tech Tools for Homeschooling

My favorite tech tools for homeschooling

200: My Favorite Tech tTools for Homeschooling

In this 200th episode, I share my favorite tech tools for homeschooling. But first I highlight some past episodes from the previous years:

Episode 22- Techie Alternatives to Written Reports

Episode 54 – Homeschooling Digital Natives

Episode 77 – Virtual Labs

Episode 97 – Profile of a Successful Online Learner

Episode 130 – Exploring Media Bias

from Episode 134 – Techie Homeschooled Teens series

Episode 148 – Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Lessons

Episode 179 – Free Tools for Researching Colleges and Universities

You can find a list of all our episodes here.

A list of the favorite tech tools for homeschooling I mention in this episode:

Canva
iCivics
Google docs
Trello
Vocabulary.com
Grammarly
Flippity
Scannable
Phet
Scratch
Padlet
Slidesmania

If you haven’t tried all of these yet, I suggest you take a look too see what you have been missing!

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Training Teens to be Civil in an Uncivil World: Special Replay

This week we will discuss: Training Teens to be Civil in an Uncivil World, special replay.

Training Teens to be Civil in an Uncivil World, special replay.

Training Teens to be Civil in an Uncivil World

Join Sabrina, Kym and Vicki for an important discussion about civility. Our world is increasingly unkind and uncivil. Teens are surrounded by political figures on the news who are crude, rude and unkind. Social media is full of ugly, unkind behavior. Civility seems to be going out of style.

This is so contradictory to the love of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control. There is no room for unkindness there. If we are wise, we will train our teens to be civil in this uncivil world.

What is the difference between kindness, niceness and civility?

  • Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. The fruit grows in us as we grow in the Lord. It is a spiritual outgrowth of our love for God.
  • Niceness can be not-good. When someone acts *nice* but is actually a manipulative trickster who is trying to get you to do something you do not want to do.
    • So-called *nice people* can include abusive or manipulative friends, family or others (who always do what you want, until they explode).
  • Civil behavior, on the other hand,  is very intentionally good and wants what is best for the other.
    • Civility is not necessarily a natural process.
    • Civility has to be trained into our teens.

Why do we care that the world is an uncivil place?

Because we are all broken, so we can have compassion on other broken people.

When we operate in incivility we tend to emotionally eat each other up. Remember the book Millions of Cats? A peasant with a million cats found that they were a cranky and jealous bunch who got into such a big fight that they ate each other up. Here’s a video of that classic book.

  • We humans tend to take differences and make them a thing of hatred.

What are steps we can use to train our teens to be civil?

Remember: Hurt people hurt people.

  • The first thing you can do when you are about to fight back is to stop long enough to remember that this is a broken person who is acting out of that brokenness. This gives you a chance to calm down.
    • When you are suddenly angry or afraid, neural cortisol floods your brain for six seconds preparing you for fight, flight or freeze.
    • If you wait ten seconds, the cortisol flood will pass on by.
    • If you breathe during that ten seconds, it is even better.
  • Remember when your parents taught you to stop and count to ten? They were right!
  • Beware: The social media negativity feeding frenzy in this dog-eat-dog world.
  • Teach: your teens to ask themselves is there something they can feed themselves with, instead of negativity?
  • Draw emotional sustenance from:
  • Remembering: We are friends together
    • What are our good memories?
    • What are our common goals?
  • In the big picture we are actually on the same page, we are not actually on different teams after all, really.

Do not attack the person. Wrestle with the concept or idea but not the person.

  • Avoid ad hominem attacks. (Attacks on the person to deflect poor skills.)
  • Beware of HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.
    • Nothing good can come of your communication if you are in HALT.
    • Take care of these needs and then come back to the issue.
  • Look to your deportment.
    • Look to how you are carrying yourself.
    • If you are about to snap, flatten yourself (take a breath, flatten your facial expressions).
    • Walk away before you hit send or enter. Do not type your angry comment in the comments, type it onto blank document.

Teens who learn to be civil are showing Christlike character. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #Civility #SocialSkillsForTeens #HowToBeKind

How often do you mishear the meaning when a speaker is needed?

  • We sometimes misunderstand non-verbals.
    • Tone of voice
    • The body language
    • Do reflective listening:
  • Ask: Am I understanding what you are saying: repeat what you think you heard, non-judgmentally.
    • They can answer with a tweak of information so that you both are on the same page.

Teens do not come to these skills on their own. They need parents to:

  • Role model
  • Teach teens
  • Help them practice
  • Mom-shaming

There’s not ONE right way to do most of life. Do not judge others. Monitor your own self and emotions.

  • When someone hurts us, they have been listening to some other hurtful voices.
    • We can ask what hurtful voices they were listening to.
  • In the same token, what hurtful voices are we listening to.
    • Sit down with your teens and have some conversations about civility.
  • These conversations with your teens will train teens to be civil in an uncivil world.

 

Here’s another Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode on training your teens to become cultural influencers.

Or check out this post where teens explain how 7Sisters Great Christian Writers course was powerful for their character development.

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Homeschool Difference

What is the homeschool difference? It is truly glaring when you compare it to public or even private education.| #homeschoolpodcast | homeschool difference| homeschooling|Homeschool Difference ~ Episode 478

What is the homeschool difference? It is truly glaring when you compare it to public or even private education. With lofty goals public education has failed children, again and again, having become agenda-driven. What is a parent to do? Look at the alternative which is homeschooling and reap the rewards with children who are well adjusted. Yes, that is a thing. Listen to this podcast and get a veteran homeschool mom’s perspective.

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There has to be a difference right? I mean after all the work and self-sacrifice from homeschool parents we need to reap the benefits and the rewards. Well, the answer to that is yes and no. Of course, we all want great kids who love what we love whether this is faith in God, a good moral compass, or kids that grow up to be well adjusted. Yet how does homeschooling make the difference?

One of my podcasters (I own this homeschool podcast network in case you didn’t know), once did a podcast on how homeschooling can’t save you. That is true. In and of itself just the steps of homeschooling are not going to create the perfect kid. No one is perfect and no parent no matter how self-sacrificing has all the answers. Yet, homeschooling can definitely help. For one thing, there is not an outside influence if you are the teacher and parent rolled into one. This does not preclude a child’s ability to ask questions (and not the ones to set mom off – this is for one of my children who knows how to get me going). But, a true and honest discussion with a variety of dialogue is good.

I believe that homeschooling does make a difference in more ways than I can list. I completed my homeschool journey clocking in at thirty-two years. In the early days of homeschooling, I learned (not as quickly as I hoped) that recreating the classroom at home was a mistake. I was missing all the things that make kids a kid, like giving them time to think, explore their passions, and find out that learning is an adventure.

Here is an example of the early days of homeschooling. I ordered books and workbooks, sat and worked with my son (my daughter was attending a high-end preschool), and I was burned out about halfway through. My son was engaged but I was so bored. I didn’t like the first math workbook at all, so I ordered another mid-year and had my son begin at the beginning. Friends, I had experience as an educator. I was a degreed teacher with early childhood and special education thrown into my elementary education degree. I am so happy I decided to bring my daughter home for kindergarten because the dynamics of our homeschool quickly changed.

With a boy and a girl both with diverse interests, I had my hands full. Read aloud books turned into a large stack of books, and teaching them to read was an adventure in itself. It wasn’t until my fifth child that I had a child that read early. And, if I received a phone call? I lost my entire class. The minute I answered that phone my kids were gone! I used my husband who is a great listener and his suggestion was to begin to observe my children. What were their interests? What did they do when they escaped our classroom because I was distracted? My kids like my husband gravitated to the outdoors. We lived on acreage and there was so much the children wanted to explore. Everything from fishing in the pond, to raking leaves in the backyard to make a path, they had plans that did not include my carefully crafted curriculum.

In addition, the children bonded with each other. Not the kid down the road, or the person sitting next to them in class. My kids only had each other and they made the best of their classroom situation with some encouragement and direction from me. They enjoyed homeschool outings and meeting other children and because homeschooling allowed my kids to develop unique personalities they easily made friends once introduced. We added camping to our family activities and other homeschool friends joined us on occasion. I do think that homeschooling allowed my children to be friends with each other. This continued on with all of my kids, my youngest two were roommates for one year when they attended the same college. Their friends were amazed they got along. How sad is that?

Another homeschool difference is that families form a special bond. There is more time to think about and plan family outings and grow closer. We prayed together, ate our meals together, traveled to ball games together, and so much more. We are still close to our adult children. My oldest daughter and her family come to our house most Sundays for a meal, or we go to her home. We receive calls often from our two children that live out of town and attend church together when they are home.

I believe that homeschooling puts us in a unique position to be available for our children. We are not trying to get them to complete their homework or help them with special projects in the evening hours. Instead, school work is accomplished during the day on our schedule and does not often spill over into the evening hours. My two oldest had a goal of completing their school work before noon. This didn’t always work for them, but they tried. Their goal, not mine.

Another unique possibility of homeschooling is the ability to spend time focusing on an area of interest. Are your children interested in music, sports, reading, or writing? Homeschoolers have gone on to win national competitions such as science fairs, 4-H fair competitions, spelling bees, and sports titles. My daughter participated in the Softball World Series two years in a row. She and my son both earned sports scholarships to different colleges. My daughter and I co-authored a three-book series, The Truth Seekers Mystery Series. These books were selected by God’s World Publishing as the Book of the Month and featured for many years in the Christian Books catalog.

What is your child’s interest and how can you encourage them? Again, the unique opportunities that homeschooled children have far surpasses their counterparts. Instead of fitting into a curriculum designed for an entire classroom of similar-aged and grade children, your homeschool can cater to the interests of your children. What are you reading for literature? My children read CS Lewis, the classics, and more. They had a specifically designed reading list for American Literature and World Literature in high school (and yes, some books were definitely not on our list).

Just think of the possibilities! The homeschool difference is something your children will benefit from for years to come.

Homeopathy for Scars

Homeopathy for Scars: Why do some people scar more than others? Did you know stretch marks are considered scars?Why do some people scar more than others? Did you know stretch marks are considered scars? This week on Homeopathy for Mommies, Sue talks about Homeopathic remedies for Scars.

One of the medical terms you will want to know if you use a repertory to work out your acute case is Cicatrices – Plural of Cicatrix: A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.

Remedies mentioned in this podcast:
Asafoetida
Badiaga
Calc. Phos. (Calcium phosphate)
Carcinosin
Causticum
Crocus sativum
Crotalus Horridus
Fluoricum acidum
Graphites naturalis
Hypericum
Iodum purum
Kali Bichromicum: Kali Bromatum: Kali Carbonicum: Kali Iodatum: Kali Muraticum: Kali Phosphoricum: Kali silicate
Lachesis
Ledum
Magnetis pole arcticum
Radium Bromatum
Sepia
Silica Terra
Sulphuricum acidum
Thuja

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Special Replay: Launching Your High Schooler Into Life

Launching kids into life can be filled with ups and downs. On this episode, we discuss launching your high schooler while they are still living at home.Back in Episode 25, we talked about launching your kid into college. During that discussion, we explained how we have chosen to launch our kids during their senior year of high school, which allows them the freedom to begin making life decisions before they even leave our home.

One of our listeners wrote in and asked if we would explain what that looks like from a practical standpoint. On this episode, we talk through what launching your high schooler into life can look like when you begin that during the senior year, before they even leave your home.  What does it look like to remove curfews and provide the freedom for your children to make their own choices regarding sleep schedules, work schedules, schooling and relationships and how do you walk alongside them when those choices lead to disappointment.

Music clips used on this show:

“Free Fallin'” Tom Petty (Buy It Here On iTunes)

“Carefree” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Using 3D printing in your homeschool

Using 3D printing in your homeschool

199: Using 3D printing in your homeschool with Katie Matteson

Katie Matteson shares how she is using 3-D printing in her homeschool. These show notes are just the bare bones from the episode – listen to the full episode for all the info and tips

First printer/pen?
We started with the 3D pens. They have had their 3D pens for almost 4 years and have created COUNTLESS items.

What brand? Price?
The 3D pen listings are hard to keep up with as the vendors and listings on Amazon change frequently. Use the ratings as a guide. Recently we purchased a 3D printer and we got an Ender3 which is a great top-level beginner’s model. Here is a list for supplies that we used to get started

What software do you use?

  • Cura – slicing software that allows them to print multiple things at once and manage their print size – its free.
  • Thingiverse – for their files
  • Tinkercad – for their design – for their design

What did your children do with the pen?
They started with 2D flat Art while getting used to the pens and then moved on to rings for their fingers, animals to play with, statues, small bridge replicas, spaceships, anything.

With the printer?
They have printed a lot of fun lego pieces, miniature toys, flexi toys, small trinkets for friends, as well as a toilet paper holder, pieces for a Halloween costume, phone stand, oversized lego drones, etc.

How expensive are the supplies?
The printer I have is on discount right now for about $190 and then each roll of PLA filament costs anywhere from $17-30 depending on the color. Most solid colors are in the $17-20 range. So initial startup for a beginner can be as cheap as $300 with a great range of colors.

What age is a good age to start having your kid use a 3D pen or printer?
I would say that with the PEN 6 or 7 is a good age. You cannot use a 3D printer without the ability to download or design builds in the software. There is the designing and preparing of the print file that is done on the computer that then transfers to the printer. I think 10-12 is a good age where their desires, curiosities, attention span, and their capabilities for the activity are well matched.

Where you can find Katie
Instagram
3D printing supplies list

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Special Replay: Rediscovering The Joy In Motherhood

Rediscovering the Joy in MotherhoodRediscovering the Joy in Motherhood with Kathy Lee

On this episode, I have the pleasure of talking with one of my favorite homeschooling moms on the planet. Keri Vasek is the mother of three muddlings and opens up to share her journey of losing her joy (and rediscovering it). You will see in this episode just why I call my show The REAL Kathy Lee and often refer to myself as a hot mess!

 

On this show Keri mentioned hearing me speak at the Great Homeschool Conventions is Fort Worth, TX. To learn more about this homeschooling conference, check out greathomeschoolconventions.com.

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Why You Should Homeschool with Christy Faith – Part 2

Kristy Faith is an Educational Expert Turned Homeschool Advocate and is here on the podcast to talk about Worldview.Educational Expert Turned Homeschool Advocate talks about Worldview – This week, True North Homeschool Academy director, Lisa Nehring is talking with Christy_Faith. Christy is an educational expert turned homeschool advocate. You’ll hear the story of how she and her husband owned a successful educational consultant firm in L.A., which they have since sold to develop Homeschool Awakening. You might also recognize her from TikTok, where she posts thought provoking and humorous content about education and more!

Parents should be asking themselves two questions before they decide how to educate their children:

  1. What are your educational goals
  2. Is the educational choice that I am choosing meeting my educational goals?

Christy believes that the public school system operates from a worldview that condones secular humanism.

An attack on Homeschooling is an attack on education.

 

Homeschooling: Parent Rights Absolutism vs. Child Rights to Education and Protection by Elizabeth Bartholet

 

Resources and Printables from True North Homeschool Academy!

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Say Goodbye To Emotional Eating With Barb Raveling

Do you ever eat because you’re bored, anxious, or excited? The is the episode where we learn how to say goodbye to emotional eating so we can stay focused on homeschooling. Hey, homeschoolers! The problem with emotional eating for homeschooling parents is two-fold. We hate the consequences for ourselves and we hate even more the example it sets for our kids. But how can we get past it?
My guest for this episode will help us! Barb Raveling has joined me on the show before. I’ll put links in the show notes. She is a retired homeschool mom, now a prolific Christian author you can learn more about at BarbRaveling.com. She has a  soon-to-be-released book on this topic called Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating. Barb and I discussed:
  • the definition of emotional eating and its effects
  • strategies for overcoming emotional eating
  • whether it’s possible to really break free from emotional eating or whether it’s something people will struggle with for the rest of their lives
Barb has shared on previous episodes you can listen to: To preorder Barb’s book and claim valuable bonuses, go to SayGoodbyeToEmotionalEating.com. Have a happy homeschool week!