By Melissa Schumacher
#10 – DIY Occupational Therapy Tips (https://spedhomeschool.com/diy-occupational-therapy-tips/)
Why it’s worth the read: These five hacks are budget-friendly and can make a huge difference with fine motor skills.
#9 – Does Your State Require Homeschool Evaluations?(https://spedhomeschool.com/does-your-state-require-homeschool-evaluations/)
Why it’s worth the read: If you live in a state that requires testing (not all do), this quick reference will help you know what to anticipate if you homeschool or are considering homeschooling.
#8 – 20 Holiday Special Education Homeschooling Activities (https://spedhomeschool.com/20-holiday-special-education-homeschooling-activities/)
Why it’s worth the read: We love a great list and this list was perfect for 2020’s low-key, closer-to-home Christmas.
#7 – Free or Inexpensive Outdoor Learning Activities (https://spedhomeschool.com/free-or-inexpensive-outdoor-learning-activities/)
Why it’s worth the read: Bookmark this page for spring! So many ideas for spending time outside. Our favorite was a visit to the Farmer’s Market!
#6 – Teaching Life Skills in Your Special Needs Homeschool (https://spedhomeschool.com/teaching-life-skills-in-your-special-needs-homeschool/)
Why it’s worth the read: Talking about life skills is easier than teaching life skills. How and where do you start? This quick read has a few suggestions to get started.
#5 – How to Write IEP Goals and Objectives (https://spedhomeschool.com/how-to-write-iep-goals-and-objectives/)
Why it’s worth the read: Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) can be used when homeschooling, too! No more long meetings, intimidating information or unclear goals. This is the second post in a series on creating homeschool IEPs.
#4 – 20 Adaptable Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities (https://spedhomeschool.com/20-thanksgiving-special-education-homeschooling-activities/)
Why it’s worth the read: This year, more so than other years, it was important to reflect on what we can be truly thankful for. We had fun with #2 and #8 from this list.
#3 – 4 Things to Prepare before Writing Your Child’s IEP (https://spedhomeschool.com/4-things-to-prepare-before-writing-your-childs-iep/)
Why it’s worth the read: The first part of starting the IEP process is getting organized. This article is the first in a series on creating homeschool IEPs. Don’t miss our new series on IEPs coming soon in 2021!
#2 – Fun and Motivational Homeschool Learning Ideas (https://spedhomeschool.com/fun-motivational-homeschool-learning-ideas/)
Why it’s worth the read: Both new and experienced families can struggle with keeping students motivated. These ideas are easy-to-implement for all homeschool families.
#1 – 30+ Free or Online Assessment Tools for Your Struggling Learner (https://spedhomeschool.com/30-free-online-assessment-tools-for-evaluating-your-struggling-learner/)
Why it’s worth the read: Assessments do not have to be something you dread for your exceptional learner! This HUGE list of assessments was our most popular article this year for a reason. Whether you are looking to start a new curriculum or get a baseline of math or reading skills, there is a resource here for everybody.