Solar Eclipse

I believe in the adage “never let your schooling interfere with your education.” So that being my philosophy, I happily kept my children home this morning to watch the solar eclipse! And it was amazing. We played around with pin hole viewers. And discovered that our fingers would create the strange shadows from the solar eclipse. […]

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Homeschooling

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Right now I’m feeling an emotion somewhere between facing eternal summer and year round school. We have decided to homeschool Sam. So every morning I will have a child at home = eternal summer. And every morning I am now a teacher for a class of one = year round school. I’m excited, nervous, scared, […]

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H.A.L.T.

HALT a meltdown special needs

Years ago a respite worker taught me a magical acronym. It has helped me understand many meltdowns and even my own feeling of irritation. It works for special needs children, typical children, and adults. H.A.L.T. First, halt means wait, stop, take a second before reacting. Which is essential in working with ANYONE. Second, each letter […]

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School Historian

school historian poster

My sweet Lia ran for school Historian this last week. She was so excited to get involved in school government. She made posters. She practiced her speech. She picked out the perfect outfit. And she lost. And she’s okay with it. She told me she was happy she ran, and definitely a bit sad she […]

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Medication Refills

Medication Refills for Vacation

Remember my advice for summer traveling with special needs children? Well, number one was really important. And I started working on it long before I left home. But not early enough apparently. Medications while on vacation are essential. I used to think swim suits, church clothes, or shoes were essential. Nope. My motto is, if […]

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4 Ways to Prepare Special Needs Children for Middle School

Levi doesn’t like school. Not surprising for a 12-year-old boy, but Levi has autism. So when I say he doesn’t like school, I really mean that Levi doesn’t like crowds, new situations, sitting still, loud noises, and new people. Throw in some weird smells and you have a pretty accurate description of elementary school. In […]

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School’s In

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I have a love-hate relationship with school. On the one hand, the children get to learn and a routine is established. On the other hand, there is the constant chase. You know, the “time to get up,” “are you ready yet,” “what did you learn today,” “did you get your homework done,” and  “time for […]

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Victory Wall

One of my favorite books is Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. He writes beautifully about the choices we make about our attitude: When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose […]

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The Longest First Day of School

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Two weeks ago Ellie, Lia, and Grace started school. The summer was too short and went by much too quickly. Sam was still at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, so he missed the first week of school. He started back last Monday. Levi’s school didn’t start until today. My children go to […]

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Levi’s Summer Camp

Every year since he turned 12, Levi has had the chance to go to Scout Camp in the Summer. The first time he went he lasted 3 days. The past few summers he hasn’t gone at all. So you can imagine my trepidation as we headed out this year to camp. Add on to this […]

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