In Part 1 we covered choosing the subjects you want to teach, your current goals, your child’s current levels, and how your child learns best. You know what you want to teach, now it’s time to create a plan for moving forward; a map if you will.
You made the big decision to homeschool your child and now you have to come up with a curriculum. Where do you even begin to start? We suggest using the following questions to help you untangle all the different thoughts and questions racing around in your head – find a thread and pull!
Over the last few weeks, everywhere we turn, we are are hearing this question. There are no easy answers. In this post, we’ll share with you the same answers and guidance we have been giving to our Literacy Untangled families.
First and foremost, there are no ‘correct’ answers; there are only decisions to be made concerning what will work best for your individual family. Below we’ll guide you through the same questions we ask our families when they come to us asking for help in making this decision.
Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday we are going to unscramble some scrambled sentences. How is this related to learning how to read? Quite simply, reading does not exist on an island all by itself. It is related and connected to the wider world and mechanisms of language: oral, written, and writing. Unscrambling sentences is an excellent way to introduce and reinforce the use of syntax, the concept of complete sentences, and the rules of punctuation and capitalization with your child. This very deceptively simple activity does a lot of heavy lifting towards becoming a better reader and writer! (Plus I talk about how I channel my inner Yoda!)
Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s we are going to go fishing for sounds! Fishing for Sounds is similar to the classic children’s magnetic fishing toy: “fishing rods” with magnets at the end and “fish” with metallic disks. Your child can play this alone or with siblings. For every “fish” caught, a player reads the word on the card. Read the word on the card correctly and the player gets to keep their “catch”. The best part – this game also helps to build eye/hand coordination – building better readers and writers!
If you have worked with students who have learning disabilities for any length of time, you are keenly aware of the inequities inherent to special education. While there are racial disparities throughout special education, in this post I am going to specifically focus on Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and white vs black. It needs to be noted that there are considerable gaps between white special education students and almost all minorities but, for simplicity, we’ll keep this conversation spotlighted on white vs black. Let’s begin with identification.