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Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators

Struggling Learners

A Change That Transformed Our Homeschool

Author: Bridget Kessler No matter what abilities our children do or don’t possess, parents stubbornly believe that their children are full of potential. It is that belief, not a degree or particular skill, that makes a great educator. With firm guidance and a “can do” attitude, students thrive. What students need most is someone to…

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Testing FAQs

HSLDA recommends that parents who are homeschooling struggling learners and/or children with special needs arrange for regular evaluations and document their child’s progress. It is important to keep accurate records demonstrating how you are meeting your child’s special needs and how your child is progressing. As a general guide, the more severe the special learning…

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S’more About SEP’s

Homeschooling is not without challenges–especially when it comes to teaching struggling learners and children with special needs. This newsletter will introduce you to some resources which may help you with the challenge of developing a Student Education Plan (SEP). Dilemma “Mom A,” a very conscientious mom who was in her first year of homeschooling, told…

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What’s So Important about IEPs

Homeschooling allows parents of children with learning challenges, and/or gifts and talents, to incorporate their child’s strengths and interests while they work together at the student’s pace to “catch-up” on basic skills. Many parents opt to withdraw their children with special needs–those who have already been under an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in a formal…

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Understanding Reading Difficulties

“My child wants to read so badly, but he struggles so much. He is embarrassed because his brothers and sisters, even the younger ones, can read better than he can. We have tried so many curriculums. They have worked for my other children, but not for him.” As a reading specialist, and coordinator for HSLDA’s…

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Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s (Part 3)

  The incidence of children with Asperger’s Syndrome is increasing, but many parents are finding comfort and success for these challenged youths. In the February 2009 HSLDA Struggling Learner Newsletter titled, “Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome”, we focused on the biological interventions that parents of Asperger’s children have found helpful. Then, in the July…

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Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s (Part 2)

The incidence of children with Asperger’s Syndrome is increasing. But parents across the country report that homeschooling their Asperger’s children offers the breathing room they need. Homeschooling helps parents apply the advice of experts, many of whom encourage three approaches to help Asperger’s children overcome the many challenges they face: 1. Biological interventions. 2. Educational…

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Homeschooling a Child with Asperger’s (Part 1)

In the United States, it is estimated that one family out of 150 has a child who is struggling with Asperger’s syndrome , or autism . (CDC report as seen on This represents a 500% increase in the past 10 years. Homeschooling families are not immune to this phenomenon. Many experts on Asperger’s syndrome…

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How to Choose Curriculum

Have you been agonizing over selecting your homeschool curriculum, or is the curricula you have been using not working? We understand. In fact, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive in the Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department is, “What is the best curriculum to use with my child?” There is no simple answer to…

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Special Needs Mom: How to Be a Friend

When my family moved to Texas over nine years ago, God planted us in a neighborhood two houses down from a family with special needs. As we raised our children together and grew in friendship, I learned a lot about building relationships and came to understand the unique challenges that special needs families face. My…

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30 Super Foods to Boost Learning

Years ago our two sons were dealing with a variety of sensory issues that manifested themselves as Asperger Syndrome, speech issues, and behavioral problems. Then we were blessed to meet Diane Craft at a homeschool conference. As my husband and I sat through Diane’s presentations, we were amazed at how perfectly she connected all these…

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