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Fan Fiction: One More Time

*If you are an email or Twitter subscriber, you may have received this post this morning. Word Press accidentally suspended my blog shortly after this post due to a glitch. I removed the original “Fan Fiction” post because the suspension messed it up. I hoped this re-post would correct any problems, but sadly I am now on my second re-post. Please let me know if you have any problems reading this post or any post on my blog.  Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Jackie

I hope everyone is back in the saddle again so to speak. I know some of you have changed curriculums or just started homeschooling. January and August seem to be the two start-up times for homeschooling.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that as part of my daughter’s homeschool writing curriculum, she writes her very own anime fan fiction blog and we edit together. Anime continues to grow by leaps and bounds in this country. There is a huge fan base here in the United States. .

Because of my daughter’s great love of anime, it only seemed natural to merge it into her home school lessons. She is very into sketching, so her art lessons include anime drawing. She has her anime sketches posted all around her room. She even posts them on an anime artist site. She creates AMV’s ( anime music video ) and posts them on YouTube. Here is a link to some of her AMV’s. Recently a particular site invited her to submit a Christmas AMV for a contest they were running. She was so proud! Being recognized for her work was a thrill for her. I must admit, I was a very proud Mom too! Smile For theater arts or drama, she has anime cosplay outfits. She acts out various scenes. Her dream is to attend one of the many anime cons such as MegaCon, Dragon Con, A-Kon, AWA…

Here are a few of her anime drawings.

Rin Okumura Drawing By Hannah  Yuki Sohuma Drawing by Hannah

Writing fan fiction is so very different from what I learned about traditional writing as a student. I embraced that difference and learned something new myself.  Blogging is not our only avenue for writing lessons, but it is her favorite. If you would like to take a peek at her blog, it is Bleached in Anime. The lingo is unique to anime lovers. If you are not an anime fan, it might be a little strange. It has taken me a while to become a fan (o.k., I am still traveling the anime road hoping to become a fan, but shhhh, don’t tell my daughter).

The blog is a little behind now due to all the holidays, and she has writer’s block. Sad smile It’s not too bad for a dyslexic, CAPD kid. I think her success with blog writing just proves that Special needs learners can succeed if we give them the right tools.

I truly want you to share how you teach writing in your homeschool, so please don’t be shy! If we all share ideas and techniques, we have the chance to learn something new. I would love to get some dialogue going.

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Homeschool Portfolios

By now you have started to see a pile of your child’s school work gathering steam so to speak. What papers should you keep and what should you toss? Does your state require a homeschool portfolio? If so, what should you include in it? What happens when your child (who is now 36) wants to look back and see some of their school work from the sixth grade? Oh man, bet you wished you had kept a portfolio!

It’s not too late to begin one. Decide how you want to store your information. Will you use a binder, accordion file, or maybe you will store things electronically. 

You might even make a type of scrapbook as your portfolio. You could include ticket stubs to events, pictures of favorite field trips or neat science experiments, papers they have written, awards received… The list is endless.

If you have a child with special needs, a portfolio can be an excellent way to showcase their strengths. It is also a super way to express your child’s creativity and character development. It sure beats the traditional multiple-choice tests and bland worksheets. Skills that might not shine through traditional record keeping methods, will certainly stand out in a portfolio. Some examples are penmanship, a special hobby, fun science experiments, history fair boards (well, pics of them), working in the family vegetable garden…

If you keep a portfolio, share some of your tips with us.

 

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Connect…share what works for you!

                                            

                        

Do you have a child with special needs? Perhaps they have CAPD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism… How do you go about teaching them? What works for you? Special education is not as daunting as it once was. Many thanks go to new technology. I also think the “stigma” that was once so prevalent is long gone, or at least I hope it is. I also believe that folks are becoming more aware of the various learning styles and trying to implement better ways to reach kids. Don’t we owe them that much?

I am sure there are many folks out there right now who are overwhelmed at the prospect of homeschooling their special needs child, but they also know that sending them back to an unsupportive or unproductive situation is not the answer. They just need a little support and some direction. They need to know that homeschooling a special needs child can be a gratifying, rewarding, and successful adventure–it can be a success! You can help today by offering a bit of encouragement and sharing your experiences (the good and the bad) about homeschooling your precious child who learns differently.

I am truly interested in hearing what you have to say on this subject, so please take a few minutes to share. I am sure there are others out there that will benefit from your trials and successes.

                          Can’t wait to read your comments.

 

                                  

 

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Progress or Problems?

My local newspaper ran an article last Saturday detailing Georgia’s yearly public school progress, specifically showing progress from 2010 to 2011 in regards to No Child Left Behind.

Overall the state was down. Some of the reasoning points to the fact that the stakes were raised on the percentage of high schoolers graduating. It was set at 80% graduation rate and is now at 85%. I suspect it is really a mix of several problems. Some kids are just not good test takers.  Some kids just can’t handle the abstract thinking required in some math problems or reading questions. Things like  math vocabulary terms, math procedures, or inference questions give them trouble, thus  they can’t understand the question let alone supply the correct answer. Some kids have not been taught to think or reason. Some kids have learning challenges that prevent them from excelling in testing situations (dyslexia, dysgraphia, CAPD…); they are special needs learners.  Some kids can’t think under pressure or they are distracted by the various noises around them. Sadly, some kids just don’t care. Then there are  teachers who truly consider their work as just a job, not an investment in the future. Some kids have no hope, no dreams, no support. Aren’t you glad you homeschool!!

 

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