Peggy Ployhar

 

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Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a physicist turned home educator who left a lucrative career in the medical device industry to teach the struggling learners in her own home after her oldest son’s diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome.

Peggy is the former THSC (Texas Home School Coalition) Special Needs Team Lead, MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) Special Needs Coordinator and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Area Coordinator for MN, ND and SD. She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader. (She is also very open about her own autistic tendencies and quirkiness.)

 

In her free time Peggy enjoys aerial silks, paddle boarding, vegan cooking, hiking and reading.

You can tune in every Tuesday evening as Peggy hosts Empowering Homeschool Conversations, a weekly talk show that focuses on homeschooling unique learners. Or you can join her every weekday on her podcast, Daily Revelations.

 

“A child is not something to be fixed, but rather a person to be understood.”

 

Peggy and her husband Doug live in League City, TX, where they still homeschool the youngest of their three children (24, 22, and 17).

Featured Videos

Peggy is the host of Empowering Homeschool Conversations, a weekly live broadcast on SPED Homeschool’s Facebook Page, YouTube channel, and Periscope channel.

Check out the list of her upcoming broadcasts on Empowering Homeschool Conversations Broadcast page or watch past broadcast full-length videos and clips on the SPED Homeschool YouTube Channel.

Peggy’s Upcoming Speaking Schedule

Uniquely Yours Conference

El Paso, TX

April 22 – 23, 2022

Stand Firm – 2022 MÂCHÉ Convention

Twin Cities, MN

June 3 -4, 2022

 

New Talks for 2022

 

*Aerial silks performances with this talk can be presented live or as a recorded video. Peggy is insured as a professional aerialist and will provide a certificate of insurance coverage to your venue upon request.

DOING IT SCARED

Option A: Doing It Scared, Homeschooling Style

Option B: Doing It Scared, Special Needs Homeschooling Style

Do fearful thoughts crowd into your homeschooling on a daily basis? Did you know you are not alone? Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO has been homeschooling her special needs children for over 19 years and readily admits that fear has been a constant companion on her journey, but one she has not allowed to overpower the calling she has felt from God to homeschool. Woven with eternal biblical truths, powerful testimonial stories, and memorable visuals this talk will inspire you to persist in your God-given call to homeschool your struggling learner – even while you are scared. 

FLIPPING SPECIAL NEEDS HOMESCHOOLING 

Just as a house in shambles needs to be flipped to renew its purpose and extend its use, the typical methods for teaching special needs students in the homeschooling environment needs flipping if parents want to see better educational results for their students than the typical model provides. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the Founder & CEO, dives into the history of the special education system and where many of the current practices of teaching students with special needs stem from and how they have affected our preconceived notions on how to best teach a student with special needs. But then, with a twist of hope, she also shares how parents can take advantage of their homeschooling freedoms to flip these practices and homeschool their special needs students with renewed purpose to pursue their student’s God-given gifts and talents. 

 

 

Parenting Talks

Be Angry…And Train Your Kids

Parental anger and the character training process happen to be the two largest struggles of any parent, but rarely are the development of the two undertakings ever considered to be interrelated. After many struggles with parenting anger, which stemmed from anger issues she carried with her from her upbringing, Peggy found herself seeking scriptural answers to her outbursts. Peggy Ployhar, in this talk titled “Be Angry…And Train Your Kids”, shares what God has taught her about how the anger-provoking instances that child training brings are tools meant to enrich the character training process. You will walk away from this talk comforted regarding any past struggles regarding parenting anger and equipped for the character training process that still lays ahead for you and your children. Want to read the book?  It is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.

Shedding Light On Depression

Current statistics show over 13% of youth in the United States have suffered from at least one major depressive episode in the last year, and that number increased by almost 100k in a two year span. Peggy Ployhar knows first-hand how dark and limiting depression can be as a youth and young-adult who struggled with depression and as a parent who walked two of her children through the dark road of depression. As a biblical counselor, Peggy transformed her experiential insight of depression in the same manner that God revealed Himself and His truths to pull her and her children out of the pit of despair. This talk biblically dissects depression, exposes the darkness, and in very practical ways reveals how to shed the true Light of Christ into a life darkened by depression. 

Biblical Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent

Speaking towards the scripture, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”, Peggy digs into the Bible to show parents how to live up to this standard without losing their focus, or their minds. From the experience of being a parent and a foster-parent of multiple special needs children, Peggy Ployhar has first-hand knowledge of the rigorous demands put on parents who are raising, training, and homeschooling children with special needs. Woven with personal stories, biblical truth, and lots of encouragement, this talk will truly speak to the hearts of parents who want to raise their special needs children as God has called them to do.

 

Homeschooling Talks

Overcoming Doubt – Your Greatest Homeschool Enemy

Doubt is the number one enemy of all homeschoolers. So, it stands to reason that overcoming doubt is the key to homeschool success. Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, has 18 years’ experience battling doubt in her own homeschooling endeavors. But, instead of letting those doubts creep in and destroy her homeschool, she learned with each battle just how much God’s grace and truth provided strategies for conquering her doubts. This talk is filled with biblical fighting strategies to equip every homeschooling parent to do battle head-on with their own doubts so they can overcome them and homeschool victoriously.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner with Confidence

Are you feeling inadequate about starting the homeschooling journey with struggling student or one who has a 504 plan or IEP?  Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, says when she started homeschooling she would have probably been voted as the parent least likely to succeed in homeschooling, yet 18 years later she’s not only graduated 2 children from her homeschool but has also spent the last 15 years coaching other special education families towards homeschooling success.  In this session families will be equipped with the top 5 keys to homeschooling a struggling learner with confidence as well as practical ways to put aside the things that may hinder applying these solid educational principles.

An Eclectic Approach to Homeschooling Charlotte Mason

Using the Charlotte Mason pillars for instruction as a framework for homeschooling can open up wonderful opportunities for learning while providing the freedom to customize curriculum and pace to meet the needs of your family and your students.  Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, takes the three basic pillars of the Charlotte Mason methodology (home environment, character training, and lifestyle learning) and expands them by sharing eclectic parenting and homeschooling ideas she has used over her 18 years of homeschooling.  In this session families will be equipped with lots of practical, and customizable, ways for using the Charlotte Mason pillars in their homes and homeschooling they can easily implement into whatever homeschooling framework they choose to use.

The Essentials of Special Education Homeschooling

Homeschooling is the ultimate individualized education plan, so it’s not a wonder why parents of special needs children consider this educational choice. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool covers what it takes to get started homeschooling, avoiding and conquering common pitfalls, and how to homeschool special education through high school. This talk is filled with practical advice from the trenches of homeschooling for 18 years and working for over a decade as a special needs homeschooling consultant.

Customizing Your Curriculum

As the CEO of SPED Homeschool, and the former Special Needs Team Lead for the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) and former Special Needs Coordinator of MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators), Peggy Ployhar speaks to one of the most frequently asked questions she has received over the past 17 years: “What curriculum would be best to teach the unique needs of my child?” Whether you have a child who has a specific diagnosis or one who just struggles in one area of school or another, Peggy addresses in this talk how to take the curriculum you already own, or plan to use, adjust it to meet the specific needs of your child, and consequently dissolve the struggles you are currently seeing in homeschooling your unique child.

How to Write an IEP and Then Use it Effectively in Your Homeschool

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a tool public and private school special needs teachers use to set progress goals for their students. Join Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, for a very “how-to” oriented introduction on the basics of writing and implementing an IEP, homeschool style. This talk will take you through the entire process of the hows and whys of an IEP, the legality of the using a homeschool IEP based on the American Disabilities Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as many teaching strategies on how to reach IEP goals for specific diagnosis and learning struggles.

Homeschooling Special Education High School

Homeschooling high school with your special needs student doesn’t have to seem like a daunting prospect. Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, has graduated two sons with special needs as well as helped countless other parents walk the special needs homeschooling road. In this talk, Peggy shares ideas from how to pick curriculum, write a transcript, prepare a transition plan, and record keeping strategies you must consider if your child will need accommodations and modifications in college, in testing for college entrance, or for workforce placement.

Homeschool Special Education with Cheap Online Resources

Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, has a Pinterest board featuring over 6,000 online resources for special needs homeschooling parents. In creating these boards, Peggy has discovered countless free and cheap resources parents of special needs students can use to teach at home. From teaching basic elementary concepts to high school level courses, in this talk, Peggy will highlight her favorite resources for parents. Come and see how you can save some money while meeting the specific needs of your unique learner using cheap online resources.

Skill & Transition Planning for Homeschool Special Education

Any parent knows a student’s learning goes beyond basics academics. But, parents of special needs students are even more aware of this truth. Successful post-homeschool transitioning of a special needs student requires planning. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, takes parents of special needs homeschooling students through a plan that helps them be intentional in setting up a transition plan that will ready their student for life beyond homeschool.

Hands-On Workshop for Using Unit Studies Through High School

Many parents slowly progress away from hands-on learning as their student nears high school level classes. But, for students who have difficulty with understanding abstract concepts through traditional instruction, the removal of multi-sensory and discovery style instruction makes the leap to high school not only challenging but also often very discouraging. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, covers practical ways to build high school credit courses for a homeschool student using unit studies and encourages her audience to do the same in this interactive workshop. You will leave this talk encouraged and equipped to start, or continue, your homeschooling high school journey using unit studies.

Homeschooling Students with Profound Learning Issues

Over the past 20 years, there have been many products created for the homeschooling market which help parents home school students with mild learning issues. But, that is not the case for parents who have non-verbal, visually impaired, severely delayed and/or physically handicapped students. Instead, these parents are usually left to try to piece together their own curriculum, if they even dare take the leap and try homeschooling their child. Peggy Ployhar, the CEO of SPED Homeschool, in this talk will share how to approach homeschooling for children with profound issues as she gives practical, hands-on ideas as well as ways to approach subject specific requirements when teaching children with profound learning issues and/or delays.

Incorporating Mom-Care Into Your Homeschooling Schedule

You know the saying, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t no one is happy.” But, how is a homeschooling mom to care to herself to the point of “happy” when she can barely take care of the house, teaching her kids, and sometimes even attempt jugging a full or part-time job? The answer is creative planning and a focused perspective. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder and CEO and recent cancer survivor will share her own story of near burnout and how that experience led her to many realizations about how and why it was so important to prioritize her own care to keep everything balanced in her home as well as how she creatively plans to ensuring self-care into her busy working and homeschooling schedule. You will come away with new resolve as well as creative ideas for incorporating self-care into your own busy homeschooling schedule.

Homeschooling Strategies for Adopted Children

Adopted children often struggle with a wider variety of special educational considerations that go beyond typical struggling learner strategies. Behavioral, mental health, attachment, and alcohol and drug effect issues often complicate learning for these children. As the oldest of 14 children, ten who entered her family by adoption, Peggy’s own special education homeschooling journey spurred her parents on to start homeschooling her adopted siblings as well. In this talk, Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, shares lessons and encouragement that her extended family has learned over the past 16 years in homeschooling her adopted siblings.