College Planning while Preschooling My children are 3 and 6. And I'm already thinking about college. Why? Am I working to get them on a "college track" as soon as possible? No. Am I aiming for Ivy League entrance at 15? No. I'm not pressuring them to think about college yet, either. We are still working on tying shoes and exploring the creek … [Read more...]
Twice Exceptional: Giftedness & Special Needs
What is twice exceptional?
The term twice exceptional, often abbreviated as 2e, has only recently entered educators' lexicon and refers to intellectually gifted children who have some form of disability. These children are considered exceptional both because of their intellectual gifts and because of their special needs.
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Treating Learning Challenges Naturally We are all about clean eating, exercise, limited screen time, and treating ailments and challenges as naturally and medication free as possible. Mr. T has apraxia, dyspraxia, SPD, mild auditory processing disorder, focus issues, and suspected dyslexia and dysgraphia. Mr. F has apraxia, SPD, and is considered … [Read more...]
Freckles They mark the beginning of every single sunshine-filled season of my life and have for as long as I remember. I used to hate them. Some poor soul would tell me they were angel kisses to which I'd respond "tell the angels to quit kissing me!". Now they are simple reminders that I had the first of many fun filled days exploring God's … [Read more...]
Surprised by Homeschooling I know by now there's really no surprise in being surprised by motherhood, by life, by the evolution of character over time, and by homeschooling. But I still get surprised when it comes to assessing where we are and what needs to be tweaked every few months. My children are both very bright, inquisitive, problem … [Read more...]
Online Math for Elementary Homeschoolers We received a complimentary quarter of Redbird Mathematics from GiftedandTalented.com for review purposes. I was compensated for my time and was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are honest and my own. Online courses are not something I am drawn to for elementary ages. However, Mr. T … [Read more...]
With all the toys, the remote controlled thing-a-ma-jigs, the character themed toys, it is so hard to pick preschool gifts that can be both practical and fun. In our efforts to simplify and clear out all the clutter, we've become very conscientious of the toys and items we have and ask for. Here is a list of some of the items that made the … [Read more...]
Getting Active Learners to Love Math Active learners don't like to sit still. They aren't fond of work books. Often they don't like "doing school", especially if it isn't about something they love or want to do. And math? Forget about it. Or, just try out a few of these secrets and see if your active learner begins to like, or even love, … [Read more...]
Music Matters Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato Music is a gift. The ability to listen, really listen to it, is a learned delight. The ability to play it, to read it, to understand it is a practiced art. To be able to create … [Read more...]
Learning American Sign Language has been a wonderful help in our home. With both Mr. T and Mr. F having Apraxia, the necessity for communication made ASL an easy choice. Keeping the learning and practice fun and engaging can be a challenge with two active learners. How do you combat the boredom? *Disclosure: I received these products for free. I … [Read more...]
Sensory processing is something we deal with everyday. Mr. T used to be really hypo sensitive. He's past most of that, but is still a big sensory seeker (Mr. F is sensory seeking, too), loves deep pressure, and gets very out of sorts when he gets overstimulated. His need for sensory stimuli leaves us with an interesting opportunity to come up with … [Read more...]