Author: Lea Ann Garfias

Homeschool AMA: Is It Special Needs?

Hi! Thanks again for sharing your homeschool questions with me! In these Homeschool AMA posts, I’m sharing with you some of the great research I’ve had fun with while writing Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling! For several weeks, I’m answering YOUR questions. Got something on your mind? Catch me on Facebook, join my email list, (where I share so much more real-life stuff!) or contact me here. Whatever you want. I can’t wait to talk with you personally! Here’s today’s question? How to homeschool special needs children? Specifically,  those with dyscalculia, ADHD,  APD or dyslexia. What are curriculum suggestions? To diagnose or not to diagnose? Where and how? — Cathy, via email This is a difficult question. I spent quite a bit of time researching and interviewing for my chapter on special needs and gifted students. I’m going to tell you one thing: I learned a lot. I think the most important place to start is with the child herself. How is she growing? Has she continued to make progress at her own rate over …

Homeschool AMA: How Do I Protect My Marriage?

Hi! Thanks again for sharing your homeschool questions with me! In these Homeschool AMA posts, I’m sharing with you some of the great research I’ve had fun with while writing Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling! For several weeks, I’m answering YOUR questions. Got something on your mind? Catch me on Facebook, join my email list , (where I share so much more real-life stuff!) or contact me here. Whatever you want. I can’t wait to talk with you personally! Here’s a question I actually receive quite a bit. How do you keep your marriage strong while homeschooling? — Cathy, via email My friends, you’ve messaged me and emailed me this several times. It’s an issue we all face, a question that a lot of “here’s how you homeschool” resources miss. But sometimes we wonder or we struggle and we really don’t want to mess this up! How do we protect our marriage while homeschooling? So, here’s the thing. I only started homeschooling because of a knock-down, drag-out fight with my husband. No way did I …

Am I Preschooling Enough?

Homeschool AMA: Am I Preschooling Enough?

Hi! Thanks for sharing your homeschool questions with me! I’m having so much fun talking with some of you one-one-one (you haven’t written to me yet? Contact me!). I’ve been straining my brain to complete Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling, so it is nice to finally put some of this research to good use! Last week I answered Jena’s question about how to teach Early Learning. This week, I got a follow-up question from Sarah. We had a great email conversation about it, but here’s the gist of her question: Is it important for me to jump into a co-op of some sort, so that my child will have friendships? I don’t know where he is getting these words, but he often says ” I want to see all of my friends!” Of course those can be the strangers at the park. He can recognize all of his letters in ASL, almost all written letters, He counts to 20, he knows where he lives…what else is he supposed to know? Daily, I wake up …

AMA: Do You Homeschool Pre-K?

I’m excited to say that I have finished writing my homeschool reference work, Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling. It is huuuuuuuuuge. I hope it answers all of your questions! In it, I discuss… how to make the decision how to get started what you need to buy how to teach how to know your own teaching style what are several different learning style theories, and what you need to learn from them detailed information on how your child develops spiritually, mentally, and academically in each stage of life how to handle the high school details how to navigate the pitfalls of homeschooling … And much, much, much more! There’s a reason this took me over a year to plan, research, and write! So the book is in the editing stage — my favorite part, actually! I’m not sure how much gestation until the book baby is born, but I’ll definitely keep you posted. In the meantime … I’m going to answer YOUR questions on homeschooling. ASK ME ANYTHING! I did all this effort, I …

New Series: Homeschool Q&A

First, exciting news for me, then exciting news for you. 1. I’m writing a huge, huge, large, super-mega book! So if Lea Ann decides to write a book on homeschooling, which aspect of homeschooling does she choose? ALL OF THEM! WRITE ALL THE {HOMESCHOOL} THINGS! I’m so thrilled that Tyndale Publishers has invited me to write the first-ever complete all-in-one, everything-you-need-to-know book about homeschooling. And one of the titles being considered is . . . *cough* . . . Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling. This includes how to make the decision, how to get started, what to do the first day and the first year, how to choose your homeschool style, how to find your student’s learning style, how to customize your homeschool to fit your family culture, how to teach your child every step of the way, what developmental milestones to expect at each age, how to know if your child needs help, how to homeschool gifted children, what to do about high school and beyond . . .  and much, much …