Developing Habits of Mind for Lifelong Success

Many parents believe that homeschooling should include character building in addition to laying a solid academic foundation and providing broad exposure to a wide variety of content and learning experiences. There are at least 16 key habits of mind that foster the kinds of thinking skills essential for lifelong learning and success.

Teaching All Kinds of Minds

New developments in neuroscience provide a better understanding of how the brain learns. Understanding how each of your kids’ brains are wired—and wired differently—can help you choose curriculum and tailor instruction to their unique strengths and weaknesses. We aren’t stuck with our weaknesses, because the brain can actually change through focused practice and use. Awareness …

Teaching Tips, Strategies, and Tools for Outside-the-Box Learners

When you have an outside-the-box learner, a traditional pre-packaged curriculum rarely is a good fit. This is one of the reasons you decided to homeschool: because traditional methods don’t work. You want strategies to help your child learn effectively, succeed, and thrive. This workshop will provide you with many practical ideas to try when you …

Spelling Tips and Multisensory Strategies for Memorizing Spelling Words

Does your child struggle to spell? Are you a natural speller, and your child is anything but? Beth Ellen will share different strategies that are most effective for learning spelling “rulebreakers,” “outlaw families,” and high-frequency phonetically-regular words. She will share dozens of ideas for using visual, tactile, and kinesthetic means to learn those tricky spelling …

“I Just Forgot!” Attention and Memory

For many struggling learners, before academic breakthroughs can occur, underlying weaknesses in attention and memory and other areas need to be addressed. Beth Ellen will discuss some of the possible breakdown points as well as provide some suggestions and exercises to support students with struggles in these areas.

Learning Challenges That Often Show Up Together

For kids who struggle, there are often many overlapping challenges that may confuse and confound the parent trying to help. Each underlying cause of concern needs to be addressed. These include the following: Dyslexia (reading) Dysgraphia (writing) Dyscalculia (math) Language-based learning disabilities (receptive and expressive language) Phonological and phonemic awareness Auditory processing Visual processing Attention …

Help and Hope for Dyslexics

Beth Ellen draws upon her 18 years of experience with hundreds of dyslexics to help parents compare several different approaches to dyslexia remediation. These include Orton-Gillingham phonics-based remediations, Davis Dyslexia remediation, and approaches such as National Institute for Learning Development and Fast ForWord that address underlying neural pathway weaknesses such as auditory processing, memory, attention, …