25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning
Parenting children with learning differences can be an immense challenge. For me, part of this challenge is that my sons’ learning differences also (necessarily) mean mothering differences for me.
Eating, sleeping, showering, playing and yes, learning – all require a different approach in order for my sons to thrive.
I have spent years trying to find ways to encourage my out-of-the-box children’s education. It has been slow work. At times, it has been frustrating work. But most importantly, it has been rewarding and effective work.
Because my books deal primarily with the everyday reality our unique circumstances, many of you have asked for more information on practical tips and tricks for helping our out of the box children learn at home.
I thought in an effort to help and maybe save y’all some time, I would share some of my all-time favorites resources for out-of-the-box learning.
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25 Resources to Encourage Out-of-the-Box Learning
Chalkboard/Window Markers – spelling and math practice
Shaving Cream – spelling, math and occupational therapy all in your bathroom
Montessori 3D letters – the best…we use these every single day!
A Timer – because making it a race is always more fun
Twister – place letters, numbers or sight words on the circles and start stretching (Note: You will hurt yourself, but your child will be thrilled)
Minecraft Signs – reading and writing all within your child’s favorite game
Trampoline – any size allows your child to move while you teach
Sidewalk Chalk – reading, spelling, and math practice outside with easy clean-up
Vinegar and Baking Soda – in any capacity, this always turns around a tough day
For Moms and Dads:
How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning – Carol Barnier
The Spark – book by Kristine Barnett
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas – book by Linda Dobson (even if you don’t homeschool, you will love all the ideas in this book!)
Homeschooling with Dyslexia – website by Marianne Sunderland (mom of seven dyslexic children)
Teaching From Rest – book by Sarah Mackenzie (one that you will read over and over again!)
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Aspergers – book by Ellen Notbohm (great ideas for any out of the box learner – not necessary just the ones with spectrum diagnoses!)
Audible.com – audio book resource that makes it simple to listen from any device (we have found Audible also has the best readers of children’s books vs. other sources – click here for a free 30-day trial!)
Coffee – or tea or chocolate because obvs. (Momma needs a treat too!)
So, these are some of my favorites. What are yours?
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Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned educational consultant, and mom of two brilliant boys who have learning differences and special needs.
Shawna has also written four books: Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos, and Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. A passionate advocate for individualized education, Shawna is frequently featured on Today.com, Simple Homeschool, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and The Mighty. She can also be found supporting parents online at her own site, DifferentByDesignLearning.com.