Tag Archives: special education

Don’t “Write Off Writing” Instruction : Creative Ideas for Teaching Composition to Your Struggling Learner

By Faith Berens, M.Ed HSLDA Special Needs Consultant “I am frustrated with trying to teach my child to write properly! His spelling is atrocious, and he does not use punctuation or capitalize consistently. Maybe he is just lazy? His writing is also short and poorly organized, and I don’t even want to talk about grammar! We do copy work and have tried so many workbooks on grammar, usage, and mechanics, but they are not helping. Should I just forget about writing instruction and focus on the other basics? Please help!” —Frustrated homeschooling parent Many parents, particularly those who do not enjoy writing or who feel it is not a personal area of strength, get overwhelmed when it comes to teaching their children to write, particularly when one of them is a struggling student. Parents sometimes mistake their child’s difficulties for … Read More

An Announcement from my Soapbox

When we say that Keyboard Classroom is the fastest growing learn-to-type program in America, we’re not kidding.  The learning disabled community has embraced us and most recently, we’ve seen a tremendous surge in interest from parents who home school their children. Home School families require curricula that can capture a child’s attention, provide a benefit across a variety of subject areas, and do so at an affordable price.  As we’ve traveled to Home School conventions, we hear the same comments over and over again.  “There are so many great software products on the market today,” said one mother of four.  “But the software doesn’t do much good if they can’t type!” Parents have embraced Keyboard Classroom’s back-to-basics approach to learning to type.  They like that the program is structured, guaranteeing that a child must master a skill before moving on … Read More

10 Tips for a Successful School Year by Pat Howey, Advocate

Question: Help! School is starting. I want to make sure I have done my homework so this year is better than last year. Answer: You need to view your role as your child’s “case manager.”  You need to be watchful, even when things appear to be going well. Here are ten tips to help you get off to a good start at the beginning of the new school year. 1. Help Your Child Deal with Transitions. Is your child making the transition from preschool to kindergarten, from elementary to middle school, or from middle school to high school? Plan to take your child to visit the new school or classroom before the first day of school. 2. Reread your child’s IEP. Do you understand what the school agreed to provide? Do your child’s teachers understand what they are to provide? … Read More

The Reason your Student is NOW Smiling!

As parents it’s so hard to peek into a room and see your child struggling with their homework!  We know something has to be done to relieve some of this pressure on our child but where do we turn? My first suggestion would be to look for an ‘intervention’  as soon as possible!  To be clear, an Intervention is a planned set of procedures that are aimed at teaching a specific skill to a student.  It’s more than a single lesson and less than an entire curriculum. Deciding what intervention option to use should not be made lightly. It will take much contemplation on what is the best for your child, what your finances will allow, and if you are willing to carry through with any of these choices. As a parent I did two things that made a big … Read More

What Inspires Me

A-ha Moments…that’s what a teacher lives for. That moment of sudden realization in a student who has finally ‘gotten it’.  When the recognition of a student’s success causes their face to light up and a smile to form across their face.   Recently, I heard from a father who said,  “you don’t know me, but I have to say how impressive your method is! My late Asperger’s son was also so frustrated with the pen/pencil, but flourished on a keyboard.  Keep up the good work”. I wanted to know more about his son and asked for a bit more information on his success story.  These are some of the comments: “My son Ryan, who with Asperger’s Syndrome and legally blind, had some real challenges in being able to keep up with mainstream class work, especially in regards to getting his … Read More

Educator designed typing curriculum!

Finally, a typing curriculum developed by educators from a school for learning disabled students in CT.  The Ben Bronz Academy knew how important it was to teach their students how to type BUT all the programs out there had too much flash, noise and distractions to actually teach the keyboarding skills.  So the educators got together and realizing that repetition and “muscle building memory” lessons was what they needed; they designed Keyboard Classroom!  Fluency, Incentives and our exclusive Finger Guides have helped students of all abilities learn to type. Read what the Super Kids Educational Software Review says about Keyboard Classroom: http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/typing/2010/KeyboardClassroom/merge.shtml This curriculum is currently being used in schools or at home….it has been tremendously successful in the schools that have switched to this program! Please go to www.keyboardclassroom.com to find out more!  

Why Johnny Can’t Type?

WHY JOHNNY CAN’T TYPE… “Johnny” from Massachusetts was your typical homeschooled 10 year old.  The oldest of four, his mother “Susan” had carefully constructed his program of study from the time he was just a toddler. She attended conventions throughout the northeast, and spent a small fortune on curriculum, books, and games, that would give Johnny the skills he would need to lead a successful life as he got older. Early on, Susan recognized the importance of the computer to her son’s education and development and tried to incorporate the latest electronic software into his homeschool day. There was only one problem. Johnny didn’t know how to type. So, Susan went out and bought a popular learn-to-type software program. It was filled with fun exercises, flashing lights, sound effects, and typing games, and Johnny was able to advance at his … Read More