Wednesday, March 31

Teaching Personal Finance to Children & Teens

As parents we only have 18 years to teach what really matters.  Before we know it, our kids will be adults who need essential soft skills to survive in this crazy world.  The trouble is, teaching the soft skills needed for adulting can be difficult to simulate in a kid’s world.  This is where money comes in.  You can use a child’s natural desire for stuff to teach the important skills they will use daily.

Healthy Adults Plan

Saving money and planning how to use it teaches discipline and patience so put some money in your kid’s hands by giving him/her an allowance.  But, wait…it is not that simple.  Giving out money without teaching how to structure the money is nothing more than a handout.  And handouts are the last thing we need to teach our children to expect.  See my Apply It section on just what a plan will look like at any age.      

Giving your child his/her allowance should not be something undertaken lightly.  You must see it from his/her perspective to understand that allowance day is like payday to a child.  Forgetting to pay him/her or not having cash (yes, you must give cash early in the process so he/she will learn to visualize the inflows and outflows) will only trigger a scarcity mentality that could lead to poor choices later in life.  Instead, treat the allowance activity like you would a class.  And because it is a class with an intentional goal of teaching specific skills, don’t feel like you have to involve all the siblings.  You can choose a certain age or ages to give an allowance in order to give the proper attention to the subject matter. 

Now that you are getting the picture, I am sure you are wondering how much to give.  This is the big question.  The amount is different for each family, but generally $.50 to $1.00 per year of age should be given weekly. For example, my 6 year old would get between $3 and $6 per week. This might sound like a lot, but in my next section I will talk about the new responsibilities your child will have with all that newfound wealth. 

Apply It

Ages 6-9:  For these younger years set up a "Save, Spend, Give" system to use on payday.  Have your child divide his/her allowance into these three categories and use a visible chart to help them track towards a goal like a large toy.

Age 10-13: With more activities and opportunities to spend, increase the allowance and budget complexity. Use this time to involve your child in your own home purchases so they can begin to see the way decisions are made.

Age 14-17 With the increase in allowance, the budget model should reflect all that is required to pay for. You can find helpful guides on the internet.


Healthy Adults are Responsible

Now that your child has some money in their pocket, let him/her pay for the things he/she wants and needs.  This is the perfect opportunity to practice making wise choices and learn the pain of regret. 

In the budget model, your child should divide his/her allowance into Spend Now, Spend Later (formerly known as savings), Emergencies and Give Away.  Now, before you jump down to see what I am suggesting you have your child pay for remember this: you are not making him/her work for this money.  You are giving the money as an opportunity to practice spending, saving and giving.  It is a transfer of responsibility in order to teach the desired outcomes.  For example, when my son repeatedly lost his water bottle, I required him to replace it using his Emergency Fun.  Surprise, surprise…he never lost a water bottle again because he felt the pain of spending the money (even though it was my money all along). 

I know this all sounds easier than it will be in real life.  Believe me, I have gone through years with my son watching him spend all of his current spending money on candy, trinkets and apps.  Just be patient as the lessons of regret and discernment will come along.  Remember, it is far better for your child to waste money now than it will be in his/her early twenties.  And no matter what, don’t give more money when he/she has spent all that was allotted.  This will only give him/her a taste of credit, and that is a lesson to avoid at all costs. 

Apply It

Ages 6-9:  For these years, the current spending should be used for things like toys and candy.  While the future spending should go towards larger goals (think Lego sets) and saving for the next stage. 

Age 10-13: At this stage the horizons are broadening and the wants/needs are growing as well.  Have him/her spend the current money on things like video games, apps, lost items, activities with friends, etc.  It will be no surprise that the future spending money will be used for big ticket items like a car, insurance, college and more.

Age 14-17 These are the years where the rubber meets the road.  Your teen will have your allowance and will also be able to earn additional money by working outside the home.  At this stage he/she can handle paying for eating out, clothes, shoes, dates, supplies and sports gear.  Your teen is so close to being out on his/her own, that he/she should have as much practice as possible making and managing money while you are still close by to provide wise counsel.


Healthy adults sacrifice for others

I have touched on this earlier, but I want to make sure I expand a bit.  Your child should be required to take a portion of his/her allowance and use it to benefit others.  A generous heart is not too difficult for young children but it will become increasingly harder for your child to part with his/her money as they get older, so begin to model generosity early. 

I bet you were wondering when I would address the elephant in the room:  chores.  Just because I am against paying your child for chores, does not mean I am against chores.  Far from it.  Chores are a part of living in a household and should not be tied to compensation.  As we model what adulthood is like, we set our kids up for disappointment if they have been raised to expect payment for keeping the house orderly.  Also, I want to make a distinction:  chores are those acts that are done for the entire family.  Cleaning his/her room or picking up after his/herself is not a chore, it is an expectation. 

Sacrificing yourself for the family instills a sense of purpose and connection in a child, even if on the surface all you see is grumbling. 

Apply It

Ages 6-9:  These littler ones should not be taken lightly, there is plenty they are able (and often willing) to do:  set/clear the table, gather up the trash and vacuum are just a few examples.    

Age 10-13: This is the sweet spot for chores because they are old enough to make a significant difference in the house but still young enough to be fairly sweet about it!  For this age, the sky is the limit:  laundry, dishes, cooking, etc.

Age 14-17 Things start to get a little dicey with this group because the school work and attitude can both be very legitimate barriers to assigning too much work.  For this reason, I tend to lay off this group a little when it comes to housework and instead require them to work outside the home to earn additional money and learn how to navigate the working world. 


Some final words

If you are not teaching them to be fiscally responsible, they will end up back on your doorstep with their hands out...

According to in an article entitled Supporting Adult Kids May Cost Parents $227K in Retirement:

Many parents of children 18 and older are paying or have paid for their adult children’s basic living costs, including groceries (56%), health insurance (40%) and rent or housing outside the family home (21%). Some parents are also covering or have covered their adult child’s cell phone bill (39%) and car insurance (34%).” 

This is not how you were meant to spend your Golden Years.  So, let me encourage you to use these 18 years wisely and teach your child what he/she needs to know to be a responsible and ready adult.  You’ve got this!


Charla, Artisan of Adulting


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Charla McKinley graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Finance.  She went on to become a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years working in both the corporate and private sector.  While homeschooling her two children, Charla was inspired to write an interactive personal finance curriculum ( that opens the student's eyes to the high costs of being an adult.  After retiring from homeschooling, Charla continues to teach teens live in Raleigh, NC and across the country using her Beyond Personal Finance curriculum.

Charla’s passion is teaching teens that their choices matter.  She is a firm believer that in order to prepare teens for the road ahead they must be given the opportunity to practice making good (and not so good) choices using real dollars before they get out into the world and have real regrets.

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Tuesday, March 30

STEM Electives in High School

Electives can be a good way to make high school fun, to bring some moments of levity to a day crowded with the intense courses found in these upper grades, particularly in a college prep scenario.  What is your child interested in?  Which hobbies does s/he gravitate toward?  Are there any career interests yet?  This is a good way to let colleges know more about your student, as they see which electives made the cut and ended up on the transcript...

**Use coupon code PTTHRLI for a $30 discount on courses that are starred.**  Insert the promo code in the 'coupon' field when signing up.  If you want to use it multiple times, be sure to check out / register for each class individually.

Computers & Tech

**Graphic & Web Design
Graphic & Web Design is an introduction to front-end web development. Students will code a website using HTML and CSS, and design graphics using image editing software.

**Computer Science
In Computer Science, students will learn about more advanced topics such as the Python programming language, databases, code editors, folder structures, and path structures. The course is broken into two main areas: the development of skills and knowledge to help students become intermediate Pythonistas, and collaboration-based work in completing several group projects.

Aerospace Education (ie: Civil Air Patrol)
CAP AE offers more than 40 educational products that deliver hundreds of lesson plans to its senior members, cadets, and educator members. Aligned to national academic standards, the lessons cover pre K-12 and beyond and range from a 685-page high school/college textbook to booklets of hands-on activities for the very young learners. Subjects such as rocketry, robotics, flight, space, weather, mathematics, physical science, life science and unmanned aerial systems, are just a few of the amazing areas these lessons cover. 

SOLIDWORKS helps prepare student engineers, designers, and military to succeed in their careers through innovation solutions. SOLIDWORKS offers the complete CAD teaching tool, featuring software, certification, and full curriculum and interactive courseware.  An an independent study, our son had the most success using this program in conjunction with this book.

Video Editing Basics will teach high school students proper video cutting, how to narrow down 3 hours to 10 minutes, pans and zoom-ins, effects, and where to use them, audio, and sound effects, storytelling, and how to structure video footage. This course is designed for budding You-Tube Stars, and others on social media that use video: Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms that utilize video.

Plants & Animals

Dubbed Homestead Science by our family, this is a hands-on course that includes text and video components.  See a full review - and get a 60% off coupon - on this post.

Marine Biology
This Marine Biology homeschool curriculum introduces students to the diverse and incredible world of marine life through videos, slideshows, research projects, online resources, and downloadable materials. From the very small to the very large, students meet marine creatures that boggle the mind and defy imagination.
This Animal Science course is for teens who want to learn more in-depth information concerning animal species, habitats, and care. This is a semester-length, family-style course. Lessons include reading, research, videos, external links, and hands-on projects.


High School Science Classes

Not electives -- these are required courses for the transcripts, but ones that many parents struggle to teach at the advanced level, so we wanted to let you know about them.  You CAN use the coupon code here as well.

**Biology (w/ lab)
Biology students will learn about life from the cellular level and up. Students will develop foundational knowledge in biology through assigned readings and exercises, instruction, discussion, experimentation, microscopy, and dissections.

**Chemistry (w/ lab)
In Chemistry w/ Lab, students will learn about the building blocks of our world and how they interact with each other on a molecular level. Chemistry at HSLDA Online Academy will include lab work.

**Physics (w/ lab)
In this course, students will develop a strong foundation in high school level physics through experiments, labs, discussions, lectures, and more. Physics w/ Lab will cover general concepts, such as kinematics, energy, waves, electrostatics, circuits, and magnetic fields.

Science at the Movies (Graded) will explore students’ curiosity about science concepts based on the Marvel movies, such as how would the Infinity Stones work? And just HOW does Iron Man’s reactor power itself? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, then this science class is for you!

This year-long plan covers 36 weeks of school and uses video-based resources and computer-based lab components. It is appropriate for the high school student, and has an introduction / review of Calculus included.

Anatomy and Physiology will explore the structural organization and interplay between parts of the body. In this year-long high school level course, students will learn about the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs of the human body and how the organ systems work together.

Earth and Space is a Science course for students in 9th grade or non-traditional learners. This course will excite and inspire your student! “How big is the earth?” is the first question asked in this course. Students will explore the questions of discovery that led to how mankind explored and learned about the earth.

The goal of this course is to inspire students to inquisitively ask, question, and seek appropriate, Biblical answers to human behavior. This information will be applicable to their own lives, as well as to a broad range of career fields. This course is taught from a decidedly Christian point of view with the understanding that Psychology can be a helpful and effective tool.

Algebra II  (Geometry & Algebra I also available)
This course is designed so that students have the opportunity to pull together and apply the accumulation of mathematics concepts learned previously. Students will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. We will expand their knowledge of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions.

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Monday, March 29

Exploring Pre-Law with Homeschool Court {Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 

Now that we've reached high school, career exploration is an ongoing extracurricular at our house.  One of our sons has been curious about studying government and law, so when we had the opportunity to check out this Homeschool Court curriculum, we jumped at it!

We used the Homeschool Court Student Worktext in conjunction with the Teacher Manual and High School Supplement to round out six weeks of elective study.  (The supplement comes with both student and teacher components.)  During that time, we held a mock trial for the Case Summary: Forging Mama's Signature....and it was a lot of fun!

The Materials

  • Student Worktext
    • This is the meat of the program -- the textbook.  It includes nine modules, covering everything from who's who in the legal system to putting your knowledge to use in a mock trial.  Module topics include:
      • Legal vocabulary and key players in the judicial system
      • Biblical history of law, and how the 10 commandments relate to law today
      • How the judicial system works, plus types of cases and courts
      • Persuasive argument and debate
  • Teacher Manual
    • This has everything that the student text has (it's marked in grey, so you know which parts the student can see), but also has directions and extra material for the teacher.  These can be read aloud to students, or used by the teacher to facilitate discussion.
  • High School Supplement
    • The high school supplement includes digging deeper opportunities for enrichment, such as research, reading, writing, and real-world applications.  For one of these, we looked at recent Supreme Court nominees, recent cases, and then discussed how they have played out in real life and affected the future of our nation.
  • Case Summaries
    • Three case summaries are included with the program.  We did one about a contested will, but there are also ones about a dog bite and school prayer.  I would recommend letting your students decide which appeals to them most, and having that be the once you tackle first.  If you are at home, parents may have to wear multiple hats for the mock trial.  For a co-op, there are more than enough opportunities for everyone to participate!

Our Experience

In the past, our children have used logic and deduction classes, where one of the topics covered is fallacies.  This program gave them the opportunity to revisit that knowledge and extend it into a real-world scenario.

As a parent, I was pretty happy to see that there were several vignettes to illustrate the concepts covered, and they were age-appropriate and appealing for my high schoolers.  The program also included actual audio segments (links to them) from real Supreme Court arguments -- ones that are current and relevant today!  Additionally, there were many research projects for them to work on.  

The curriculum sparked some fantastic conversations in our family, and with my teens, that allowed me to learn more about their personalities and beliefs, how they view the world, and how they form their opinions.  As one of my sons put it, "From crime shows, I've learned that 90% of legal problems can be avoided by marrying the right person and only doing it once."  (I'm not sure about his statistics, but it sounds pretty good.)  Finally, just for fun, we watched My Cousin Vinny at the end of our first unit, and let the kids apply what they had learned from Homeschool Court to the movie.

When it came to the mock trial, we practiced striking jurors, and walked through the steps, various roles, and presenting evidence when making an argument.  If used in a co-op setting, there is an opportunity for peer feedback on performance, but we just did this aloud as we progressed.  Also if using in a co-op, there is a schedule for using the various components and the mock trial in a large group.

Overall, I'd have to say that we were very pleased with this curriculum.  It gave our children a chance to explore interests in a setting and manner they probably would not have otherwise had...and now one of them has a better of idea of whether to pursue law as a career!  (Spoiler alert -- Maybe, but not in a courtroom setting)

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Homeschooling Through Autism and Special Needs

What if your child isn't going to get a diploma when it comes time for graduation? What are your options? What does it mean in the grand scheme of things? Is it even necessary for your child to need a diploma? These are serious questions many parents have to ask themselves when it comes to their child with autism as they approach adulthood.

At this point in your homeschool, you should know your child's developmental age and be working at that level. This is, most likely, what brought the he's not going to be ready to get a diploma at graduation to your attention. After taking a deep breath, remember your child. We have to do what's best for our children at all times. Put your blinders on for anything else. It's not all doom and gloom. You have some options...

Non-Diploma Options for Graduating

Keep Homeschooling
Children with special needs are allowed to go to public school until the age of 21. Just adapt it to your homeschool. Just keep homeschooling at their level. You have a few choices at this point. You can graduate them with everyone else at age 18 and not award a diploma at that time then continue working until you meet graduation requirements. No one says you have to stop working just because they are now 18. If public school kids can do it then why not homeschool ones.

Change out their Curriculum for a Job-Oriented One
You could possibly still do graduation with this one depending on where you live. I've graduated kids in two states, Florida and Arizona. Neither state had requirements for home school diplomas. The requirements usually only come into play when college is involved. If your child is able and willing then work towards an apprenticeship somewhere or a job training program.

Admit that They Won't Graduate 
This sounds super mean but it's not my intent. Some kids aren't going to graduate no matter what you do. Perhaps working on life skills is a better use of your time. The more our kids with autism can do for themselves, the safer they are from people who don't have their best interests at heart. Safety is far more important than graduation and a diploma.

It may be more important to put supports in place to help the child live semi independently than getting a diploma. If the child, as an adult, is never going to be able to hold a job then a diploma is not going to help in any fashion. It's a bitter pill to swallow when you come to that realization so give yourself all the time you need to work through it.

Maybe putting a life plan in place for where they will live as adults is your best option. Having a plan in place for when you can no longer care for him through illness or death is always a good idea regardless of school. You know your family situation better than anyone. Do what's right for your family and rest in the knowledge that you did your best. Don't let anyone tell you anything else.

Graduate at a Later Date
Who says you can't have a graduation at a later date? Why would it be less of a celebration because the child is older than the usual graduation age? I would celebrate even more knowing how much work the graduate put into it. You can always have the child take the GED test if you want him to have something other than a homeschool diploma. I say celebrate even if he's 50 when he finishes. Even slow progress is still progress.
How do I handle people who ask?

In this instance, you will get people, family and others , who will ask the inevitable question. Is he going to graduate? When is graduation? Will he live at home forever? People are so nosy and condescending sometimes.

As with anything autism, it's best to practice your response before it comes up. The answer varies based on whether my child with autism is with me or not. I would never say "No, he's not ready yet" in front of Logan. I would simply say something along the lines of "God has a plan for everyone including Logan. " Don't give a long explanation. This opens up your decision for interpretation and debate. Make it know from the beginning that it's not. Keep your head high. Always remember that slow progress is still progress.

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Thursday, March 25

The History Behind Easter Traditions

Have you ever wondered what a bunny that lays eggs has to do with Easter? Do bunnies even lay eggs? How did the bunny and the egg theory ever come into being? How did Easter come about? What are its origins?

Bunnies, chickens and colored eggs all have to do with Easter...but why?  Why isn’t the chicken laying the colored eggs?  Easter was not always a religious holiday but actually had its roots in pagan lore and legend. It was not until 325 A.D. that the Nicean Council declared it a religious holiday.

In order to understand the symbols of Easter we must go back to its early history.

According to Legend there was always an early spring festival celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of Spring. This festival was held at the time of the first full moon following the vernal equinox. A fertility goddess named Estre was the goddess of offspring and springtime.  Many pagan religions held the same festival but with different names for their fertility goddess. She was known as Ishtar, Ashtoreth (mentioned in the Old Testament), and Eostre. Besides the difference in names the similarities suggest the same goddess.  She was the goddess of fertility. It was believed by Babylonian legend that a giant egg fell from heaven and was incubated by doves. This is how Ashtoreth/Ishtar/Eastre was born. The god of fertility was called Baal, or Bel in the celtic tongue.

The egg is an earthly symbol of the god of fertility. The hare is associated with the goddess. Together we have male god and female goddess to bring on the season of fertility.  The egg symbolizes the beginning of life, the germination of life. Gifts of colored eggs were often given to celebrate the coming of spring.  It is not surprising to find the hare as a symbol of fertility. The hare is a nocturnal creature and is actually a little different from the cottontail rabbits that we have associated Easter with today.

Our spine reads for this unit are:

Access the entire unit in History Behind Our Holidays unit study bundle!

Includes eight American holidays. Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student the holiday’s history and customs.

  •  Introduction
  •  Valentine’s Day
  •  St. Patrick’s Day
  •  Easter
  •  Mother’s Day
  •  Father’s Day
  •  Halloween
  •  Thanksgiving
  •  Christmas

In addition to text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students. You will also find a short list of reading books and fun hands-on activities!

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Wednesday, March 24

Homeschooling Through Anxiety & ADHD

Homeschooling middle schoolers with ADHD or anxiety can be a difficult task. My daughter has had anxiety since she was little, and ADHD as well, but it wasn't until we hit middle school that I realized the intense reactions that were coming from those.

We had all kinds of tricks for her ADHD when she was younger, and we still use them throughout this year (6th grade) but things have gotten so much harder. The upper grades are just more difficult than younger grades, plain and simple.

She is realizing that the subjects are more intense, and she isn't too far off from graduation, and it terrifies her. In comes mom with her tips and tricks to help her through it. When the anxiety creeps in, or the ADHD takes over, our go-to is:

I am a Certified Aromatherapist, so a few of my tricks include aromatherapy. (I have no affiliation with Young Living or DoTerra, nor do I recommend them to anyone. Also, there are extreme safety measures needed when using essential oils).

Using Aromatherapy to ease anxiety + ADHD

An aromatherapy inhaler is her best friend. We adjust them every couple weeks with new blends so we don't cause desensitization to the oils. You can get your own set on Amazon by just searching for them.

Our Favorite Blend is:

  • 3 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
    You don't need a carrier oil for an aromatherapy inhaler.

The inhaler gets used 6-8 times throughout the day.

Mindset is important...for all parties.

If mom and dad are extra concerned about the kids anxiety or their ADHD causing educational issues, the kids will be able to feel that. It's hard, I know, but very important to keep our emotions in check when we're around them. This I learned from direct experience.

My oldest would throw these fits over her schoolwork because she didn't understand how to do it, but instead of calming the chaos, I joined in. Not intentionally, but I had my own unchecked issues I needed to work on. Once I realized that, and made the necessary changes, things got better.

Use Counting and Breathing

Whenever I can tell she is getting worked up, I go straight to calmly asking her to breathe. Once she has taken a deep breath, we can start counting. Sometimes I count, sometimes she does. But, it does work either way to make sure that she can calm down enough to understand the situation needs some work.

Make Things Fun!

Hands-on and child-led are the best things for kids with ADHD and anxiety. When we first started homeschooling, I was pushing hard for 'public school at home' which completely defeated the purpose for homeschooling. It honestly took me about a year to realize this, and make the necessary changes. Let me tell you though...

Crafts are WHERE IT'S AT! 🤣 She loves when we do things that require hands on learning. Math squares for math, or we sometimes use dry beans or candy. We use the video Minecraft on our Xbox for so many things. She can design something on paper, and create it in Minecraft. She makes fun crafts about books she is reading, and uses Funschooling Journals for almost everything. Make learning fun.

Make the work seem interesting by using cooking, coloring, crafting, video games, movies, etc to really bring the lessons to life! We haven't used plain ol' worksheets in years!

Routine, not schedule.

The difference is SUPER important. A schedule is usually time stamped. Each time slot where it's 30 minute intervals, block scheduling, hourly, etc is based on time. When it nears the end of the time it creates a panic, especially in kids with ADHD or anxiety.

It makes the last little bit of what they're doing so much harder to focus, their focus shifts to the stuck time slots. When you give them a routine in checklist format, they aren't stuck within time limits AND they get to check off their accomplishments. That really helps the students feel good about themselves.

My favorite way of doing this for our daughter is creating a Subject Checklist and Today's Checklist. The Subject checklist is for them to check off each subject they do. This can be used daily or weekly. The Today's checklist is for them to list out what they need to do each day.

I print two of the Today's checklists. One they use for schoolwork stuff, and the other for daily things like cleaning their room, feeding the dog, folding their laundry, etc. It really helps keeps things calm, and working well for kids with ADHD and anxiety.

And lastly...remember the days are long, but the years are short.

If things are going well, it's okay to take a break. A few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks. That is the joy and the freedom of homeschooling. Remember that hormones are running wild at this age, and emotions are at an all-time high. Also, these things are not more important the relationship you have with your children. Love and understanding before education. This might seem hard, but you got this. You got this so much. ♥️

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Danielle is a homeschooling mama to three girls. She has a daughter with ADHD and anxiety which has given her lots of experiences with 'adjusting to the needs of a child.' She is a Certified Aromatherapist who has found ways to use natural aromatherapy to aid in the help of her daughter with her diagnosis. Danielle is also an Emotional Support Coach, and Homeschooling Coach. Find her at Peppermint + Popsicles.

Tuesday, March 23

Freak of the Week + Disabilities

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential...” 

A disability is any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the world around them.

There are many types of disabilities.  Some examples of common disabilities you may find are:
  • vision Impairment
  • deaf or hard of hearing
  • mental health conditions
  • intellectual disability
  • acquired brain injury
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • physical disability

Although “people with disabilities” sometimes refers to a single population, this is actually a diverse group of people with a wide range of needs. Two people with the same type of disability can be affected in very different ways. Some disabilities may be hidden or not easy to see.  As a rule, 
DO NOT ask the person how they got the disability.

Our spine read for this unit is 
Freak of the Week (Ann Gabhart).  Find the entire unit in the bundle below!

Looking for a literature-based language arts program? The Twenty-Three Reads Bundle is for someone who wants a little bit of everything! 

It includes twenty-three unit studies covering a wide range of topics. Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand. These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together.
  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.
  • Language Arts
    • Finding Langston & the Poetry of Langston Hughes
  • Geography
    • Anne of Green Gables & Canadian Provinces
    • Stowaway & Antarctica
    • Julie of the Wolves & Alaska
    • Blades of Freedom & the Louisiana Purchase
    • The Avion My Uncle Flew & France
  • History
    • Zlata’s Diary & the Slavic Wars
    • Freedom Summer & the Summer of 1964
    • Treasure Island & Pirates of the Caribbean Sea
    • Farenheit 451 & Types of Government
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    • The Great Gatsby & the Roaring Twenties
    • The Long List of Impossible Things & Post-War Germany
    • A Tale of Two Cities & French Revolution
    • Witch of Blackbird Pond & Salem Witch Trials
    • The World Made New & Early Explorers
    • Stitching a Life & Jewish Immigration
  • Life Skills
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    • Freak of the Week & Disabilities Awareness
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins & Sailing
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    • Frankenstein & Human Anatomy
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