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Audio Homeschooling

Audio Homeschooling! by Heidi Forney   There are times with our typical kids that audio books come in handy. In the car, at nap time, definitely. But with our special needs children audio books can not only be a great tool for learning, but in many ways a lifesaver (or maybe a homeschool saver)? For example, some autistic children have a need to hear the same book over and over. Repetition is one way that they not only learn, but

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Idaho Homeschool History, Part One

Idaho Homeschool History Part One   Did you know that the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of education? It set forth no guidelines on how American children should be educated. Apparently, the founding fathers left it up to individual states, churches and parents to best determine how their children were to be schooled. It turns out that this system worked quite well, creating a highly literate society, that could read the King James Bible, and which could write The Federalist Papers.

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Gratitude and Remembrance Idaho’s Homeschool History

Gratitude and Remembrance   by Audra Talley   Earlier this year, the CHOIS convention hosted a display designed by ICHE, chronicling Idaho’s turbulent home school history. It is one in which people took a stand, fought for their rights, and won. It made Idaho one of the best and freest sates in which to home educate. I was home schooled in the midst of those tumultuous days. I was young and geographically removed from much of it, but I recalled faint

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A Humble Caution Regarding Co-Ops

A Humble Caution Regarding Co-ops   by Nita Desrosiers   This is all in love.   My intention is not to spark a debate or criticisms, but to share some of my own mistakes.   Disclosure: We have been in a co-op every year since we started this homeschool adventure 15 years ago. My five kids have never been without a co-op. I should probably state: their mother has never been without a co-op. The co-op experience is a lifeline for MOMS/the

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Going It Alone

  Going It Alone by Heidi Forney   First of all let me say (thankfully!) we are NEVER really alone. Praise the Lord He IS there always with us in this adventure called homeschooling and with our special needs children and family members. I cant imagine having survived these last nearly 20 years with my special kiddo without the Lord with me every step of the way (although sometimes I was running on pure adrenaline and didn’t see Him, but

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Keep it Simple

  Keep it Simple by Audra Talley   Last year we ventured away from box curriculum and dove into the world of learning style-driven curriculum choices. As God would have it, my two school age boys are opposites. One is studious and analytical; the other is spastic and impatient. I love their extremes, but it took a lot of effort to find curriculum to either suit or easily adapt to them both. I wanted learning to be, well, a learning

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Take Time for a Nap

Take Time for a Nap     by Heidi Forney   This morning started off at 3 or 4 AM when your special needs child woke up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, AND screaming at the top of his lungs that his ears hurt. Until 8 AM you had to cuddle, soothe, and practice every known remedy you could come up with, and nothing helped, so once more you called the pediatrician (or the ENT) for what seems like the one thousandth time this year. Appointment made

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Will They Ever Learn to Read

Will They Ever Learn to Read?!?       by Mary Colwell   As a homeschool mom, one of my favorite things to do is to listen to my 8-year-old son read. I find it incredibly satisfying to hear him reading to his sister and I love watching his face light up as he works his way through an exciting story. It’s fun because I was the one who got to teach him that.   That being said, I must

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When a Ten Year Old Wants to Write a Book

When a Ten Year Old Wants to Write a Book by Abigail Prigge   When your 10-year-old brother sails into your bedroom with a fresh notebook and declares, “Abi, I want to write a book!” that’s when you know you have achieved a new level of coolness as a big sister. And from a teacher’s perspective, I’m also feeling the coolness. Because this is the same kid who firmly believed writing wasn’t important. In his opinion, it was pure torture for

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Homeschooling in Crisis Mode

Homeschooling in Crisis MODE (aka When Someone Is in the Hospital or too Sick to “Do School”)   by Heidi Forney   So you found out that your child needs surgery and will be in the hospital for a week, a few weeks, or a few months. Or your child has a serious illness and it is taking longer for him or her to recover than you might have expected. Or maybe mom or dad or another close relative had some

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