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Five Radical Notions for the Socially Challenged

8/15/2012
by Jennifer Carson

Five Radical Notions for the Socially ChallengedLast night at our annual home-school co-op ice cream social, some of our teen members performed a short but clever skit. The skit dealt with reasons some of our teens may not feel comfortable the first couple of times they attend one of our teen events. [Read more…]

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Playing with Words: The Connection between Verbal Speech-Language Skills and Beginning Reading and Writing

7/16/2012
by Jennifer Carson

Playing with Words: The Connection between Verbal Speech-Language Skills and Beginning Reading and WritingMost of the kiddos I’ve seen for speech and language therapy also have difficulties with spelling and/or reading and/or writing. And it makes sense that there’s a connection between a child’s verbal speech and language skills and their reading and writing abilities. Children need to have solid foundational skills of verbal language (sounds, vocabulary, sentence structure) before they can successfully transfer those skills into written language. [Read more…]

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Finding the Right Seasonings for Your Life

6/15/2012
by Jennifer Carson

Finding the Right Seasonings for Your Life

This summer my husband is growing kale in our garden, but we really have no idea what to do with it. Everywhere I look on the internet, people are talking about kale and it’s amazing super-food qualities. Kale chips in particular. People seem to either love them or think that baked newspaper would be tastier. So, last night, after much trepidation, I hopped on the kale bandwagon and made kale chips. All of the recipes that I looked at had the same basic instructions for prepping them, but varied enormously in how to bake them. Several cautioned to not use too much seasoning as it would be overwhelming.

I’m sure you are wondering by now what my cooking adventures have to do with homeschooling. [Read more…]

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Is Your Child’s Language on Track?

5/15/2012
by Jennifer Carson

Is Your Child's Language on Track?Way back in the day, when I was an undergraduate in the Communication Disorders program, I was required to take a language development class before doing any course work related to language disorders or delays. The theory being that one needed to fully know and understand the normal development of language throughout infancy and childhood before being able to recognize when that development had gotten off track. And since I attended a liberal arts university, I was able to take several extra child development and developmental psychology classes. But even with all of those classes and training and being a professional speech and language pathologist, when it came to my own son’s language development, I still needed outside professional advice. What I’m trying to say is, Don’t beat yourself up if you are having doubts or concerns about your own child’s development. [Read more…]

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Listen to your Children’s Speech

4/15/2012
by Jennifer Carson

Listen to your Children's Speech

With April nearly half over and May just around the corner, homeschool moms everywhere are eagerly awaiting their favorite season, summer break. Now I know you are nearly giddy with excitement at the thought of long, relaxing days with nothing more to do than read that stack of books sitting beside your bed, but there’s one more thing you should consider doing before letting the kids loose for the summer: listen closely to your children’s speech and decide if they should have their speech evaluated by a speech and language pathologist. [Read more…]