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Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

homeschooling your child with special needs

Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

Are you considering homeschooling your child with special needs? Many parents choose to homeschool their children with various special needs such as autism, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, giftedness, diabetes, and deafness.

A friend of mine started homeschooling her special needs child a few years ago, because his medical issues made being in the classroom downright dangerous. A simple fall could be deadly and the public school wasn’t willing to out necessary measures into effect. We started homeschooling our son in part because he was playing chess at age three and was bored when we put him into public school for his Kindergarten/Primary year.

The article, Homeschool Best Option for More and More Families With Special Needs Children, mentions a poll of homeschoolers that found 38% were homeschooling special needs children. If you are homeschooling your child with special needs, you’re not alone! Here is another article, sharing Perspectives on Teaching Special Needs for some encouragement from fellow homeschoolers.

If you are homeschooling your child with special needs, there are resources you can take advantage of:

I hope this helps you on your journey, whether you are homeschooling a child with special needs or considering it. Check out more articles on Meeting Your Child’s Learning Needs at The Canadian Homeschooler website.

 

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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A Super Duper Fun Way for Kids to Open Up: Review AND Giveaway!

superduperSuper Duper Publications began 27 years ago, with a Speech-language Pathologist and two lesson plans. Now it’s an online store full of great learning games for your child, whether they have a learning disability or not, and whether they are in public school or homeschool.

Fun Deck

Do you have a quiet child, or a child with challenges? Sometimes it can be hard to get children to open up.  I am a big fan of using games in our homeschool. Super Duper Publications’ All About You, All About Me Fun Deck is a great way to encourage social skills while having some plain old fun!

I played with these cards with my 9 year old daughter. She doesn’t have any problems expressing herself, but she does LOVE to ask “what’s your favourite ______” questions all the time. This game helps her get her fill of asking all those questions 🙂 The All About You, All About Me Fun Deck includes game ideas and a classroom activity. We liked playing “Die-ing to Know”, which included rolling a die to choose the number of cards you get to answer each turn, and the player with the most cards at the end, wins. I love that just like with other great products from Super Duper, this card deck comes in a sturdy, tin case.

You can watch a video all about the All About You, All About Me Fun Deck on the Super Duper YouTube channel:

In addition to Youtube, you can check out Super Duper Publications on PinterestFacebook, and Twitter.

The All About You, All About Me Fun Deck is $12.95 US. Also be sure to check out TopicTalk™ Conversation Card Game, MagneTalk Early Classifying, and the Lids ‘n Lizards® Magnetic Photo Vocabulary Game. Save 15% off any purchase now through June 30, 2013 at Super Duper with the Promo Code: KSBLOG202

And Super Duper Publications is generously giving away the winner’s choice of the above four games! Sign in below with either Facebook or your email address and then simply follow the Punchtab directions to enter. This is open to Canada and the US until May 30th at 11pm Atlantic Time (10pm ET). Good luck!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

*I received the All About You, All About Me Fun Deck from Super Duper Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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A Super Duper Way to Homeschool – Review & Giveaway!

Super Duper Review & Giveaway!

superduperSuper Duper® Publications offers fantastic learning tools, including ones specifically designed for children with learning disabilities. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or a homeschooler, you’ll find something for your child, whether they have a learning disability or not. These learning tools are disguised as fun and games and that’s my favourite way of homeschooling!  Previously only available to educators and child therapists, Super Duper’s eCatalog is now open to you, to browse everything from software to games and even iPhone Apps.

fd108I chose to review the Basic Proofing and Editing Super Fun Deck, designed for Gr 3-8, for my 9 year old daughter, in exchange for an honest review. She was absolutely thrilled when we received the package in the mail. She gleefully began using it right then and there – I had trouble getting her to put it away to eat supper!

Basic Proofing and Editing Super Fun Deck consists of 100 double-sided 4″x7″ cards, four mini write-on-wipe-off markers (complete with eraser on each cap), game & lesson ideas, and a secret decoder, all in a handy tin. So how does this super fun deck work? The card deck is divided into five sections – four using the COPS mnemonic (C=Capitalization, O=Overall Appearance, P=Punctuation, and S=Spelling) and a fifth section with a mix of the four error types.  Side A has three sentences: Sentence 1 has one error; Sentence 2 has two errors; and Sentence 3 has three or more errors.  Side B has a paragraph with five or more errors. Each card has a number of possible “errors” highlighted in yellow. The student uses a dry erase marker to circle or correct the errors (we chose to correct them), and then uses the Secret Decoder to check the answers. The words that needed editing will turn red under the Secret Decoder light. What a fun way to improve students’ proofing and editing skills! My daughter is downright eager to use the Secret Decoder! Her favourite cards are the Spelling cards.

I LOVE that everything comes contained in a handy tin – nice and neat and easy to stow – no mess! And everything’s reusable – just wipe it off with a tissue and it’s ready to be used over again. Unfortunately on the second day, the decoder no longer worked. Since there were no instructions for it, I hadn’t realized it could be locked in the off position and I suspect it ended up running constantly in the box and ran out of batteries. I found the instructions afterward online here, complete with instructions and even a video for replacing the battery, hooray! (I hope in future they include a note or some instructions with shipment though.)

You can watch a video all about the Super Fun Deck on the Super Duper Youtube Channel:

In addition to Youtube, you can check out Super Duper Publications on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. And you may especially want to also check out Super Duper’s award winning game, Jeepers Peepers, which has received EIGHT awards, including the Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award!

The Super Duper Basic Proofing & Editing Super Fun Deck is $29.95 US. Super Duper Publications offers FREE shipping to the US AND Canada with a $20 minimum order.  AND save 15% off through March 31st on any purchase with Promo Code: KSBLOG149

I have great news! One of my readers is going to win a $50 US certificate to spend at the Super Duper Publications store! Sign in below with either Facebook or your email address and then simply follow the Punchtab directions to enter. This is open to Canada and the US until March 12th at 11pm Atlantic Time (10pm ET). Good luck!