• Liz Bertran

Corvid, homeschooling & hel

I’d like to speak to parents right now. Because you are home 24/7 with your kids and trying to juggle homeschooling (something VERY new to many of you) while possibly working from home at the same time. You have a tremendous burden on your backs and I want to say: “Don’t get overwhelmed.” Many seasoned homeschool parents (and I was one of them once) feel besieged by this awesome responsibility and they’ve been doing it for many years. There are so many homeschool organizations/co-ops that can give you direction. A place to start in the State of WA is the Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO).

Because you’re home with your kids more right now, you may be picking up on how they are doing in the area of reading/comprehending/attention/writing/math. I wanted to share some common characteristics that you might be noticing in them:

· Perhaps they appear bright, highly intelligent, and articulate, but they are unable to read, write, or spell at grade level.

· Maybe they’ve been labeled lazy, dumb, careless, immature, "not trying hard enough," or having "behavior problem."

· Possibly they aren’t "behind enough" or "bad enough" to be helped in the school setting.

· They have a high IQ, yet may not test well academically

· Some kids test well orally, but not when it comes to writing.

· Have you noticed that they "zone out" or daydream?

· Maybe they get lost easily or lose track of time.

· Is it hard for them to stay focused on a task or subject?

· Maybe you’re dealing with a child who is "hyper" or a "daydreamer."

· Do they learn best through hands-on experiences, demonstrations, experimentation, observation, and visual aids?

· Are they talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.

· Have you notice that they feel dumb; have poor self-esteem; hide or cover up their weaknesses with ingenious compensatory strategies

· When they were in school were they easily frustrated and emotional about school reading or testing.

There are many more characteristics that I could share with you; and I’m happy to do that in posts to come. I haven’t even touched on the challenges that occur in dyscalculia (math). If you would like to find out if your child is exhibiting any of characteristics, and you’d like to learn more about an approach that will get at the root of their struggles, please email me at or take the on-line assessment through my website at .

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