Vocal Abuse in Intense Children

Children who have an intense personality are more prone to vocal abuse.   Voices may become hoarse or strained due to yelling, screaming, making funny voices, incessant talking or noise making.  One of my kids fell into that category and had a persistent hoarse voice.   As a trained Speech-Language Pathologist, I…

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Reading and the Visual Spatial Learner

    The journey into reading has been a bit unusual for my visual-spatial learners and I’ve learned some lessons along the way.  I don’t know if there is a “typical” visual-spatial learner, but Linda Silverman sums it up quite well with this: “The visual spatial learner thrives on complexity,…

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3 Ways We Combine Novelty and Structure in Homeschooling

My kids need novelty.  I need novelty.  Doing the same thing every school day would make us all quite frustrated and bored.  Every day needs to be different.  We also need our days to be structured.  Structure and novelty seem like opposites, but we have found some things that have…

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Thoughts on Foreign Language With a Visual-Spatial Learner

My son recently said something to me that had me thinking. We have been studying several foreign languages in our homeschool for 4-5 years now. The other day my visual-spatial learner made a comment that he knows Greek best. He has devoted time and effort into studying Arabic, Mandarin, and…

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Psychoeducational Testing Made a Big Difference in Our Homeschool

If you have ever sat there wondering if it would be beneficial for your child to undergo psychoeducational testing for giftedness, you are not alone. Common sense seems to say that as a homeschooler you should just work at the right level for the kid anyway so what difference will…

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Memorization Strategies with a Visual-Spatial Learner

Visual-spatial learners do not typically have very good memorization skills.  They tend to learn better by seeing and understanding relationships than memorizing.  I found that quite true in my educational experience.  Memorization took me lots more time than the average bear and it wasn’t until college that I began to…

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Hiding Mr. Perfect – Perfectionism in Young Children

The other night my young daughter exclaimed as she remembered the man we had hidden in her bedroom.  We had forgotten about him!  A few months back I had attempted the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Challenge, scribing for my daughter.  The beginning part of the elementary workbook contained a page where…

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