Middle School

Of Bugs and Missing Tupperware

I’m not sure about that poet who decided it’s only boys who are made of snakes, and snails, and puppy dog tails. I am pretty sure that is what my girls are made of too. They sure do love creepy crawlies of all kinds. There is no fear or revulsion. Only curiosity and delight. They love bugs and reptiles!

In the past they have been happy to collect frogs and insects, with either their bare hands or their bug vacuum...

The Story Behind My Morning Dream by Jenny Rose Arsenault

Homeschooling a child with special needs can be challenging. Things that come easily for other kids require a tremendous amount of effort and energy for the struggling learner. It can be frustrating for parents and children when those areas that come ‘more easily’ to them aren’t always recognized in terms of academics.

Taking part in HSLDA’s contests allows students to focus on areas that are easier for them and that bring much joy.

Homeschooling Through Hard Times

Breathe. Try to keep calm. Claim and walk out the Scripture promise from Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, he whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on You, because He trusts in You." The past couple of months have not been easy for me—life (and thus homeschooling) has been broadsided by broken appliances, family sickness, a loved one hospitalized, a car accident, relative visits, and did I forget to mention the holidays and all the preparations that those entail?

2nd Annual Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference

We are so excited about the upcoming Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference. It’s coming up soon, so if you haven’t explored this opportunity, now is the time to do it! The folks at FPEA have a vision to support and encourage people who are homeschooling children with special needs not only in Florida, but across the nation. We really appreciate the work they did last year in organizing this national conference and are thrilled that they’re offering it again this year.

If It's FREE-It's For ME!


Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?

Check out a list of some free items for homeschoolers Faith Berens compiled! And be sure to share with us some of your favorite free resources you've found.

We Found It At A Conference!

This spring, each of the special needs consultants had the opportunity to travel to several state homeschool association conferences. Along the way we not only met wonderful families, speakers, and vendors, but we also came across wonderfully exciting teaching materials, games, curricula, and organizations. So, for this blogpost, we will share some of our new favorites. We hope that you will be inspired to share the “treasures” you have discovered this conference season as well.

We Want To Hear From You! - NEW Student Photo ID Card

Because we want to provide our members with the best service possible, HSLDA would like your feedback about a newly revised product we’d like to offer you!

We have a new student photo ID card in the works which we believe is sturdier and more attractive.

Do you agree?

The Pilot & The Passengers, Part 1

I grew up in the sprawling Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., and as a pilot's daughter, we spent many Saturdays flying. I still think that my dad wanted to give my mom a much needed break on Saturday mornings, and that's why he faithfully loaded all five of us kids into the endlessly long Dodge station wagon for an entire morning of flying and hanging out at the airport...

Congratulations As You Wrap Up Another Year



To all of you who are finished (or almost finished) homeschooling for the year − congratulations! Way to go for homeschooling your kids! Way to go for teaching, managing, coordinating, and nurturing! You've made it through May. 


Build Your Child's Creativity

It was a great brainstorming session for young elementary kids. After lunch, we opened a few cans of Play-Doh, and began to twirl and knead a few colors as we discussed some ideas on how to best reach out to our new neighbors. After that interchange, we challenged ourselves to name as many varieties of birds that we could think of in forty seconds. And after that, we settled in for a history lesson and our own made-up "globe game" for geography... 

Autism Expressed Curriculum

I came across a digital curriculum called, Autism Expressed. It was created by Michele McKeone who wanted a way to help her students who had autism, transition from high school into the real world. Although there are numerous computer applications ‘out there’ designed to teach a specific skill, Michele filled the need of using technology to teach the basics and beyond of technology in a way that could be easily processed by students who have autism.

Options for Curriculum for the Next School Year


When I was homeschooling my two teens many years ago, there were not nearly the number and variety of curriculum choices as there are now. Making curriculum decisions can be overwhelming! Here are some fantastic resources for you...


Today Is The National Day of Prayer

Have you ever considered that prayer is one of the most beautiful blessings of homeschooling? I can't think of anything more precious than hearing our own children talk to God in prayer―to have the opportunity to pray throughout the day about all the issues of life, however big or small―well, that is a wonderful thing...

Take A Field Trip This Spring

When I was in elementary school, I dreaded field trips. The lines. The buddy-system. The crowded, rowdy bus ride. I preferred to go into the city with my family. For one thing, my dad knew just the right place to park, just the sights to see, and exactly what to highlight and what to skip. Plus, we took our time to linger in front of that perfectly preserved elephant at the Natural History museum's entrance, instead of immediately being whisked around the entire museum, worksheets in hand!

The Pep Talk - Keeping Your Eyes on Your Own Homeschool

It felt like I was on that four-foot-high, four-inch-wide balance beam for days, when really it was only about fifty minutes..."I'll never be ready for this (gymnastics) meet," I mumbled to myself with the trepidation of a wobbly sixteen-year-old high school gymnast.

You may be wondering how this relates to homeschooling. Well, as moms and teachers, it's easy to focus on what other homeschoolers are doing—to compare ourselves with others. And that can be a discouraging thing!


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