Are there some wonderful things about Common Core State Standard? Yes, of course. But I have issues with two main areas of application: instructional materials and methods and how it applies to special education students. First: Instruction Common Core is supposedly designed to allow students to access materials at developmentally appropriate times and to go […]
It’s a hot topic: Common Core State Standards. But ask someone what it means and you might get anything from increased testing to required teaching of sexual education. Not even all teachers understand what CCSS is and what it means for them. So, let’s break it down to get to the root of what this […]
I’d like to thank the Academy for this stunning and unexpected award. I’ve always wanted to say that, but in reality I should thank Double Espresso for nominating me for the Liebster award. I so appreciate your kind comments, and hope that you continue to enjoy what you read here! So, now to the the rules. […]
It’s here! Time to slurp up last ice cream cones, pull out those fresh new clothes and silently mourn the end of summer. Or maybe cheer if you have been entertaining the kids ALL SUMMER LONG. There are only so many times a parent can hear “I’m bored” before she goes insane.
Yesterday was a day in our house. It was a day full of butting heads, tantrums, meltdowns, and unrest. At the end of the day, I looked back over what we had accomplished, and found one key element lacking: predictability. My munchkin is at an age when she can understand first A, then B. But […]
Lock down drill day It is my hands down least favorite day of the year. It terrifies me. More than the day after Halloween, the day before Winter Vacation, or a full moon. Combined. It terrifies me to think about losing a student, a child, a person I love. It scares me that I would […]
In January 2014, Momastry posted a blog that generated a lot of buzz in the teaching and parenting world. In it, the author laid out what her son’s teacher did for the kids in her class every week.
Check out Only Passionate Curiosity for my latest guest post! I explained the special education laws that relate to homeschooled children and offer tips for managing a mild/moderate disability at home. Of course, any time that you, the parent/teacher, feel overwhelmed, you should know that experienced and qualified help is just a click or phone […]
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a little known, and even less discussed condition in the special education world. According to the Mayo Clinic, RAD develops when an infant or young child doesn’t develop a healthy, stable relationship with his caregivers. This rare, but serious, diagnosis is typically associated with children from Eastern Europe, mostly Russia, […]
Editor’s Note: This is the final in a first person series about Reactive Attachment Disorder. This article contains advice, tips, and suggestions from a parent’s perspective. These do not constitute doctor’s advice or provide a substitute for a formal diagnosis. Improvement Fast forward two months to the start of this story. I was in my […]
Editor’s Note: This is part three in a first person series about RAD. For information about Reactive Attachment Disorder, please stay tuned for an informative piece following the conclusion of this series. Forward Progress There weren’t a lot of links on RAD, but there was one that caught my attention. This one had a checklist. […]
Editor’s Note: This is part two in a first person series about Reactive Attachment Disorder. For more information on RAD, please visit the Mayo Clinic website or stay tuned for a follow up piece about RAD. Answers? The next day we were referred to an eating disorder clinic at a children’s hospital four hours away […]
Editor’s Note: This is a submitted story, and the first installation of this article. All names have been changed to protect the family’s identity. If you have questions, comments, or reactions to this series, please post your comments in the sections below. Thank you. What is happening with my son? I was at my son’s psychologist […]
So, I take education seriously. And I take it thismuchmore seriously for children with special needs, the children who’s parents need accurate information about the legal hoops they’re required to jump through. And then I read this in Parents Magazine: “If you think your child needs more help than she’s getting in school, you can inquire about having […]
I’m a guest blogger! Woohoo! Several other education or military family related blogs will be featuring guest posts from MilKids in the very near future. And here is the first one: Tutors by Base. You should check it out to see whether I recommend a private tutor or a corporate center. Hint: It’s not the […]