4 ways to adapt writing curricula for reluctant writers

4 Ways to Adapt Writing Curricula for Reluctant Writers

There are a lot of writing curriculum options to choose from, but even with the best writing curriculum, you may stumped with your reluctant writers. This article describes some adaptations I used with Evan-Moor’s 6-Trait writing series that I used with my 4th grader. These adaptations can be easily applied to any writing assignment or […]

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Hands-On Spelling with Unifix Cubes

In reading, children can learn phonetic rules and sound out words or they can learn through whole-word methods. Similarly, there are two paths in learning to spell. Spelling skills can be taught through the phonetic rules for encoding words or though memorizing the sequence of letters for an entire word. Traditional spelling activities require copying […]

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ADHD Tips: Adaptations to Help an Active Child

Some children are just more active, distractible, and impulsive than others. Children with these symptoms may be evaluated for and diagnosed with ADHD. This condition is brain-based and NOT the result of poor parenting or a lack of effort. Children will benefit from adequate exercise and adaptations that meet their attention and movement needs. These ADHD tips […]

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Top 5 Math Adaptations

A high quality math curriculum will have a strong scope and sequence of skills taught, provide adequate practice, be comprehensive, and be sufficiently challenging. Even the perfect math curriculum will not work perfectly with every child. If a child is having challenging behavior during math activities, you will want to consider possible causes. Yes, the child does not want to do […]

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Visual Schedules for Autistic Individuals

Visual schedules are lists of activities in sequence. Schedules can be printed, consist of pictorial representations of activities, or even make use of objects (Quill, 2002). Schedules can help a child know what to expect within a specific time period. Children with autism, seem to greatly benefit from a visual representation of what is going […]

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Educational Accommodations and Modifications

Both accommodations and modifications help individuals who are struggling in school to gain access to curriculum. In a formal school setting, documentation of a disability and special education paperwork may be required before allowing accommodations or modifications. In a homeschool setting, parents are able to give children what they need regardless of diagnosis. Accommodations: In an […]

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When to Use a Calculator Accommodation

Calculators are used to make math calculations easier to solve. In a public school setting, a calculator accommodation may only be allowed with documentation of a disability and special education paperwork. A homeschool parent teaching elementary level math may wonder: When do I teach calculator skills? When should I let the child use a calculator? […]

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