Why Is Hands-On Learning For Older Kids So Hard To Find?
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Why Is Hands-On Learning For Older Kids So Hard To Find?

Hands-On Learning for older kids is hard to come by. But why? Many middle and high schoolers still learn best with multi-sensory activities.  I first noticed it when my oldest son entered the middle school years. All of sudden, activities designed for multi-sensory learning were increasingly hard to find. The resources on blogs and Pinterest…

Hands On History For Children With Learning Differences
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Hands On History For Children With Learning Differences

Hands on history has been the very best way to help my children with learning differences really grasp historical perspectives and events. This is an example of why it works so well.  Both of my boys are history buffs. They love the stories, the battles and the idea of living in a time nothing like…

A Behind The Scenes Look At Interest-Led Unit Studies For Older Children
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A Behind The Scenes Look At Interest-Led Unit Studies For Older Children

At any given point in my time, my boys have one or two overriding interests each, that guide almost everything we do. For my oldest, it’s usually something build oriented. Building aquariums, building computers, building guitars – you get the idea. For my youngest, it’s almost always something related to animals or Harry Potter, or…

What Does A Strength Based Learning Plan Look Like?
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What Does A Strength Based Learning Plan Look Like?

It’s been one of the best weeks of my life, y’all. Since launching Different By Design Learning last Tuesday, I have been overwhelmed by the response. I have been encouraged by so many sweet friends online. I have been humbled by direct feedback from moms using my learning plans and seeing real progress in such…

A New Approach To Art History That Your Kids Will Love
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A New Approach To Art History That Your Kids Will Love

My boys are getting older. It’s clear in the amount of time they spend getting ready in the bathroom each day, the shows we watch together (and I actually enjoy), and in the deep, man voices that surround me. Yes, they are getting older and as they do, their interests are changing. This change is…

Fun And Free Typing Games: Perfect For Children With Learning Differences
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Fun And Free Typing Games: Perfect For Children With Learning Differences

I used to feel guilty about it. I used to lose sleep, worry and then worry some more because I let my boys type, rather than hand write, everything outside of actual handwriting practice and occupational therapy exercises. Over the years, I have received a lot of criticism feedback. How will they ever be able…