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8/9/2012 9:32:39 AM
Betty Statnick--HSLDA
Struggling Learners--Homeschooling: Away With Fears and Tears

HSLDA's Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner Newsletter
August 2012--Homeschooling: Away With Fears and Tears

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by Betty T. Statnick, M. Ed.
HSLDA Special Needs Consultant

"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" Actually, let's make
that "Since August is here, can my first day to homeschool be far

You have said that IEP to you now means I'm Expecting Problems in this
adventure; but I know God is calling me to homeschool and I do want to
do it right and help my child learn.

You have heard speakers at homeschool conferences and purchased some
curriculum they recommended. You have surveyed those curriculum
materials and are questioning: Am I really up to this challenge? Is my
child really up to this challenge?

You decide you don't want to live in fear yourself, nor do you want to
project any fear onto your child. You give yourself a little pep talk
and also remind yourself that HSLDA does have three special needs
consultants who are available not only to lend a listening ear but
also to share from their own training and extensive experience as they
assist you. Your friends have told you that the teaching tips and
resources those consultants dispensed were like life preservers to a
sinking "sole." (Yes, your friend said she also felt very alone when
she began homeschooling and even after she had progressed beyond the
novice stage.)

I continue to eavesdrop on your musings: "This newsletter tells me
that Betty has been reading my mind, but she still implies that I'm
normal ... right on target." You have filled in your plan book and
are eager to check off those daily accomplishments. Time marches on,
and you realize that maybe your plans were just a tad ambitious
because you couldn't possibly get through all those pages you had
anticipated "conquering" in each of the academic subjects. You
(tremblingly) have some mini conversations with other homeschool moms
and discover that your homeschool experience is no different from
their initial homeschool adventures: for instance, that it isn't
necessary for your child to work every single page of a workbook when
he has shown that he already has grasped that concept.

You will want to read/review all of the HSLDA Struggling Learner email
teaching newsletters , for
they cover a broad range of topics. HSLDA members have sometimes
commented that those newsletters are like mini-teaching workshops.

I have a rather extensive home library of books which speak to the
questions callers want to discuss with us HSLDA special needs
consultants. (According to the feedback from members, those books have
given many answers to their voiced and unvoiced questions.) Attached
you will find a list of some of those books.

1. How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to
Learning--Homeschooling Highly Distractible, ADHD, or Just Plain
Fidgety Kids by Carol Barnier, Emerald Books

2. Teenagers with ADD and ADHD--A Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Chris Zeigler Dendy, M.S.,

3. When the Brain Can't Hear--Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory
Processing Disorder by Teri James Bellis, Ph. D., Atria Books

4. Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems--What Every
Parent Should Know by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi, M.A. C.C.C./S.L.P.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,

5. Help for Auditory Processing by Andrea Lazzari and Patricia Peters,

6. Homeschooling the Child with Autism--Answers to the Top Questions
Parents and Professionals Ask by Patricia Schetter, M.A. and Kandis
Lighthall, M.A.,

7. Homeschooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley, M.A.,

8. Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D. This author is a
professor of pediatrics at Yale.

9. The Source for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia by Regina Richards, M.A.,

10. i DOC - Individualized Documentation System for the Exceptional
Needs Student by Sharon Wallace and Julia Hoch

11. Individual Education Planning Manual--For the Homeschool
Handicapped Student by Deborah Mills

12. The Student Education Plan by Judith Munday, M.A.,

13. Learning Disability Intervention Manual by Steven McCarney and
Angela Bauer This book contains IEP goals. Hawthorne Educational
Services, Inc.

14. Teaching Your Special Need Student: Strategies and Tools that
Really Work YOU CAN DO THIS by Judith Munday, M.A.,

15. Different Learners (Identifying, Preventing, and Treating your
Child's Learning Problems) by Jane Healy, Ph. D. ISBN 1-4165-5641-1

16. The Mislabeled Child by Brock Eide, M.D., M.A., and Fernette Eide,
ISBN 1-4013-0225-4

17. Teaching Math to People With Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On
Learners by DeAnna Horstmeier, Ph. D.,

Check with your public library to see if any of these books are among
their current holdings. If not, speak with the head librarian and
inquire if he or she would consider purchasing some of these books.
You may also want to suggest that your homeschool support group begin
forming a circulating library in order to add to their existing

So remember, you are not alone--your HSLDA special needs consultants
are only a phone call or email away and we are here to help calm your
fears and tears! Also, by arming yourself with some of the valuable
resources shared above and the free, struggling learner email
newsletters, we hope you will feel equipped and encouraged as you face
the new (quickly approaching) school year.
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