Kathy Kuhl equips parents to teach their children with challenges. She wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook for anyone helping children with challenges, including ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. It is based on her experiences homeschooling her son, as well as interviews with 64 parents homeschooling children with learning disabilities. She also wrote Encouraging Your Child and Staying Sane as You Homeschool.
Kathy speaks internationally and advises individual families on homeschooling, providing resources, encouragement, and insight.
Kathy graduated from William and Mary, where she earned teaching certificates in English and mathematics. She has additional training in teaching math to students with learning disabilities. She helps lead two homeschool groups: one offering classes for teens, one for homeschoolers with children with special needs. She has two adult children and three granddaughters. Kathy lives with her husband in northern Virginia. She likes hiking, traveling, reading, and blogging at LearnDifferently.com.
Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular blog Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children.
The author of more than a dozen books for teachers, parents, and kids, Colleen left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak about parenting, education, giftedness, and hands-on learning and play. Homeschooling is an adventure she hadn’t planned on, but she has embraced the opportunity to learn alongside her kids every day, and is inspiring other moms and dads to do the same.
Her recent book titles include Super Smart Science: 180 Days of Warm-Ups and Challenging Activities (Prufrock Press) and Real-Life Science Mysteries (Prufrock Press). Watch for Gifted Kids at Home: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Your Quirky Children and Help Them Thrive (RLL Media) and The Coolest, Dirtiest, Creepy-Crawliest Backyard Nature Science Activities for Kids (Page Street Press/Macmillan) coming soon!
You can find more about her, upcoming projects, and where she’ll be speaking in the coming months at RaisingLifelongLearners.com and connect with her on social media @ColleenKessler.
Ed has taught students of all ages and abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He holds an Iowa teaching certificate with K-12 endorsement in Gifted Education and a Masters degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa.
Ed is a popular presenter at homeschool, math, and gifted education conferences around the country, and has approached gifted education as a parent, teacher, and school board member. His students will testify to his ability to make math fun and challenging for them as well as his unique sense of humor, which comes through in his classes and workshops.
Ed is the author of several books for mathematically gifted students. All are currently used by parents and teachers across the country.
Beth Ellen Nash has her education degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and has 17 years of experience working with struggling learners. She was the founder, director, and lead teacher for 8 years at Hope Academy, a school for struggling middle and high school students in Madison, WI.
In 2011, she shifted toward an individualized online and homeschool hybrid option and founded Wings to Soar Online Academy, specializing in the creation of Custom Path to Success™ learning plans for dyslexics and other outside-the-box learners for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Beth Ellen is currently Curriculum Coordinator, Intervention Specialist, and Integrated Liberal Studies teacher for Wings to Soar Online Academy. Beth Ellen has tutored, assessed, and consulted with hundreds of families and companies that serve homeschoolers as well as public charter schools. She is the author of Wings to Soar: Integrated, Multisensory Language Arts with Words You Really Use and author of the best-selling books Dyslexia Outside-the-Box and Thriving as a Highly Sensitive Person.
In addition, Beth Ellen is a sought-after speaker for many homeschooling and educational conferences.
Beth Ellen tailors her talks to the needs of the audience, drawing upon her experience with students ages 3–21 with dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, RAD, OCD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and those who otherwise learn differently from traditional schooling.
Hat, bat, cat…. If your child cannot rhyme or play with the sounds within words, learning the sound-symbol code of phonics for reading and spelling will be especially difficult. We will focus on the oft-overlooked development of phonological and phonemic awareness, which has been directly linked with success in later reading. These skills are typically developed around 3–6 years old, but if this early foundation has not been laid, then it is important to go back and fill in the gaps for the older struggling reader or speller as well.
Your child struggles with some part of learning, or has given up. How do you help them begin again? How do you establish wise goals? How will you tell when you’ve reached them? Learn how to work around areas of weakness, strengthen them, and adapt curriculum. Get tips on how to keep going and to help your child keep going.