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I Wish I Was There to Protect You!-A Powerful Poem to Help the Victims of Bullying

In Bullying, Education and Behavior Poems, Inspirational Stories/Videos by Rachel Wise

Thinking of my childhood, there’s so much I wish I’d known I’d love to go back and tell myself, now that I am grown You were only nine or ten when the mean, cruel things were said People teased you, called you names, threw papers at your head You used to think to yourself, “If they only took the time …

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Top 4 Tips for Parenting an Introverted Child

In Behavior Strategies, Social Skills by Rachel Wise

Are you concerned because your child is not outgoing and doesn’t have many friends? Do you want your child to make friends and hang out with them instead of sitting alone in their room? Some parents consider this behavior to be abnormal or simply wrong. They don’t want their children to be shy or stay away from others. However, they …

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An Alabama Mom Talks About Her Homeschooling Experience!

In Homeschool & Cyber School Info by Rachel Wise

After the responses to my article, What Does the Research Say About Homeschooling?, I realized that a large percentage of the population is in the dark about how homeschooling actually works and what goes on behind the closed doors of education at home. I myself was among that overwhelming percentage. While I am not for or against homeschooling, I have …

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How Does Homeschooling Really Work? An In Depth Interview with a Florida Mom!

In Homeschool & Cyber School Info by Rachel Wise

After the responses to my article, What Does the Research Say About Homeschooling?, I realized that a large percentage of the population is in the dark about how homeschooling actually works and what goes on behind the closed doors of education at home. I myself was among that overwhelming percentage. While I am not for or against homeschooling, I have …

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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

In Counselors, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they should do with their social skills groups. Students in the group often had difficulty with skills such as listening, waiting their turn in conversation, staying on topic, sharing materials, understanding another person’s feelings, getting along with others, …

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Help Your Child Find Their Voice (Part 1)

In Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise

When September begins, families everywhere rev up for another school year. Some children view the start of a new school year as the opportunity to re-connect with old friends, participate in extra-curricular activities, and learn exciting new subjects. For some children though the dawn of a new school year is preparing to go to battle. Another year in the trenches …

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Top 10 Tips to Get the Most from Your Child’s IEP

In ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Published in Autism File Magazine Aug-Sept 2014 Issue 57-Republished with Permission When I first thought about the content of this article, I thought, well, this will be easy, I will just tell parents what I have found to be the key steps to take at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings. After all, I just wrote a book that shows the reader, …

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What Does the Research Say About Homeschooling?

In Homeschool & Cyber School Info, Parents by Rachel Wise

In a 2014 radio interview, the host asked me what the data says about homeschooling. “Do homeschooled kids perform as well as non-homeschooled kids? Is there a negative impact on their social skills?” At that time I honestly had not done much research on it, so I could not give an accurate answer. I politely said to the radio host, “That is …

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5 Short Must-Watch Videos for Teachers

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Inspirational Stories/Videos by Rachel Wise

The other day I saw this very powerful, motivational video on Linkedin and thought, “This is a must-watch for anybody who works with or raises kids!” (This is the first video below, by legendary educator Rita Pierson). Watching Ms. Pierson got me thinking that there must be other videos out there that can help boost the spirit and morale of …

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5 Ways to Give Your Child Extra Brain Power

In ADHD, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips by Rachel Wise

Parents help their kids with succeed at school in countless ways – with unconditional love and encouragement, pitching in on an extra-challenging assignment, helping secure the best possible IEP for children with ADHD, learning disabilities, or other special needs, etc. But it may not occur to many parents that there are ways to directly impact the very instrument of academic …