Educational Resources

 

“AbleChild has long recognized that all children have different learning styles and that each child is a unique individual, not only capable of learning, but of achieving success. We believe that by labeling these children with harmful pseudo-scientific labels (such as ADHD/ADD, OCD, ODD, to name a few) and in turn, labeling them “Mentally Ill”, we have adversely hindered our current educational system”, Patricia Weathers, AbleChild Cofounder.

“Our children should be provided with educational solutions, NOT LABELS AND DRUGS,” Sheila Matthews, AbleChild Cofounder

 

Helpful Resources:

Beverly K. Eakman
Education’s Whistleblower Beverly taught in public schools for nine years, starting in 1968. She was a Science Editor and Writer at NASA. In 1977 she wrote a technical piece for “Roundup,” the official newspaper of NASA, “David, the Bubble Baby.” Beverly has worked as a chief speech writer at a number of national organizations and federal agencies, including the Commission on the Bicentennial for the U.S. Constitution. She has written several books, including Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education.

CHYTEN
CHYTEN’S mission is to become the country’s leading provider of expert-level tutoring, test preparation and counseling services for discerning parents who demand the highest level of private educational services for their sons and daughters.

The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.)
Helping children to read, The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project a non-profit community based program, developing literacy and related skills. They do this through one-on-one mentoring and study techniques at no cost to the participants.

Hooked on Phonics
It all began with a boy who was struggling to read. In 1987, a father was determined to help his son overcome his reading troubles. He developed an in-home learning program using phonics to nurture an understanding of reading. The rest was history.

Ignite Learning
Ignite! Learning creates comprehensive, motivational, and easy-to-use curriculum that reawakens passion for education, liberating teachers to teach and learners to learn. This company was co-founded by Neil Bush in 1999 in an effort to push educational solutions, resources and tools into our schools.

Inspiration Software, Inc.
Inspiration Software, Inc. is the recognized leader in visual thinking and learning. Students, educators and 21st century business professionals use our products to think, brainstorm, organize, analyze, and write.

Kaplan Tutoring
SCORE Education Centers closed all of its operations in June 2009. The Washington Post Company approved a plan to offer tutoring services, previously provided at Score, in Kaplan test prep centers.

With more than 70 years of education experience, Kaplan is one of the world’s leading providers of lifelong education. We have evolved well beyond our historic roots in test preparation to serve students of all ages through a wide array of educational opportunities, including programs for students, schools, post-secondary education, professional training and more. We have unmatched resources and knowledge to help your child succeed.

New England Learning and Diagnostic Center                                                     The New England Learning and Diagnostic Center, established in 2001, is a  nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture the full potential of bright, capable students who learn differently, to serve as a resource for students and their families through assessment, educational advocacy, and support services.

Orton-Gillingham
Based on the time-tested Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction, the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE) offers a revised and expanded multi-sensory approach that provides students the opportunity for success and benefits every learner. For over a decade this research-validated approach has been successfully implemented by teachers to empower children at all three tiers of instruction to dramatically reduce reading failure.

In addition, they have developed the Sensational Strategies for Teaching Beginning Readers which is an instructional reading program, complete with instructional DVD, developed for parents to use at home with their children. This powerful program is based on the same Orton-Gillingham (phonics, multi-sensory, highly structured) method of reading instruction used by many of the best professional educators–in both public and private schools–as well as many outstanding tutoring centers. IMSE has developed this program to empower parents to give their children a head start on the basics of reading, to support beginning readers, and to assist children who experience difficulty with the reading process. This program is designed for parents of children from pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Sudbury Valley School
Sudbury Valley School is a place where people decide for themselves how to spend their days. Here, students of all ages determine what they will do, as well as when, how, and where they will do it. This freedom is at the heart of the school; it belongs to the students as their right, not to be violated.

The fundamental premises of the school are simple: that all people are curious by nature; that the most efficient, long-lasting, and profound learning takes place when started and pursued by the learner; that all people are creative if they are allowed to develop their unique talents; that age-mixing among students promotes growth in all members of the group; and that freedom is essential to the development of personal responsibility.

In practice this means that students initiate all their own activities and create their own environments. The physical plant, the staff, and the equipment are there for the students to use as the need arises.

The school provides a setting in which students are independent, are trusted, and are treated as responsible people; and a community in which students are exposed to the complexities of life in the framework of a participatory democracy.

Sylvan Learning
Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. At Sylvan, our warm and caring tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction is available in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help, test prep and more at more than 1,100 learning centers in the United States, Canada and abroad.

Dr. Trevor J. Tebbs, Educational Consultant
Dr. Tebbs has spent a lifetime helping young people of all ages optimize their abilities. He has enjoyed a rich experience in schools and colleges in England and New England, teaching regular, special, art, gifted, and honors education. He has degrees in art, special & regular education, and educational psychology.

Dr. Tebbs studied at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut. His training and expertise covers emotional and educational matters associated with highly able individuals. For several years, he has worked with individual children, parents, and teachers in this context.

Dr. Tebbs offers an alternative perspective on disorders commonly attributed to our most able children. He wishes to raise awareness, disseminate knowledge, help establish understanding, and thus empower able individuals on their quest for a positive, healthy identity and personal transformation.

Concerns or questions? Individual help, seminars, workshops?
Please contact:
Dr. Trevor J. Tebbs
Email: aquate11@hotmail.com
Telephone: (802) 273 3882
Write: Giftedness Matters
PO Box 276 Bomoseen VT 05732

Waldorf Education
Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education that integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through twelfth grade. It encourages the development of each child’s sense of truth, beauty, and goodness, and provides an antidote to violence, alienation, and cynicism. The aim of the education is to inspire in each student a lifelong love of learning, and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.

For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.

 

 

Home School Information

A Beka Book
Three decades ago, God raised up A Beka Book to provide Christian schools with God-honoring, high-quality textbooks and teaching aids to help each school fulfill the goal of its ministry. The hundreds of traditional Christian educational materials developed by A Beka Book have been developed and refined over a period of 50 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy. Christian schools throughout the nation recognize that A Beka Book sets the standard of excellence in the publishing of textbooks and other materials for Christian schools.

At A Beka Book, they are unashamedly Christian and traditional in their approach to education.
The A Beka Book approach to Christian education keeps learning lively, interesting, and memorable. Their materials reflect sensible theory that is firmly anchored to practicality. A Beka Book materials have been developed as a result of 50 years of actual classroom experience in Pensacola Christian Academy, one of America’s largest and most respected Christian day schools.

Alpha-Phonics and Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Samuel L. Blumenfeld has published ten books on education in America, and he has spent much of his career investigating the following problems: the decline in American literacy, the reasons for the high rate of learning disabilities in American children, the reasons behind the educational establishment in America’s support for sex and drug education, the reasons why so many children are labeled ADD, and why the school system refuses to use intensive phonics in reading instruction and memorization in mathematics instruction.

Blumenfeld was born in New York City, educated there, and graduated from The City College of New York in 1950. The book publishing industry is where he spent his next ten years – as editor of the Universal Library at Grosset & Dunlap.
His bold commentary on education issues and his veneration as a speaker have brought him to lecture in every state in the United States as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and England. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the intensive, systematic phonics movement.

Blumenfeld has written for many online and print sources on a variety of subjects. His writings have appeared in such diverse publications as Reason, Education Digest, Boston Magazine, Vital Speeches of the Day, Practical Homeschooling, Esquire, and many others.

Bridgeway Academy
Bridgeway Homeschool Academy is a flexible, individualized, supportive homeschool academy that has helped more than 20,000 K-12 students with diverse academic abilities and special interests enjoy the rewards of a home based education.
Whether you are seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special needs who requires additional attention, are nurturing an elite youth athlete or professional child actor with scheduling demands, or want a values-based education for your child, Bridgeway is there for you.

Bridgeway Homeschool Academy has partnered with homeschooling parents and their children for nearly two decades, and its success is measurable. 82% of its students have gone on to college, far exceeding the national average giving you the peace of mind that you are preparing your child for a successful future.

They are registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to issue accredited homeschool diplomas and are accredited through the National Association of Private Schools.

The Calvert School
Calvert School’s comprehensive home school curriculum is a blend of tradition and innovation. For over a century, Calvert School has believed that every child deserves a quality education regardless of geography or situation. Whether you are new to home schooling, or a seasoned home school veteran, Calvert School can work with you to tailor a home school program to fit your child’s needs.

Calvert School has been recognized as the premier provider of home school curriculum and support services for over a century. The Calvert School story (hyperlink this to the word story http://homeschool.calvertschool.org/about-calvert/historyphilosophy ) is the story of formal home schooling itself.

Home School Legal Defense Association
A nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

HSLDA advocates on the legal front on behalf of our members in matters which include conflicts with state or local officials over homeschooling. Each year, thousands of member families receive legal consultation by letter and phone, hundreds more are represented through negotiations with local officials, and dozens are represented in court proceedings. HSLDA also takes the offensive, filing actions to protect members against government intrusion and to establish legal precedent. On occasion, HSLDA will handle precedent-setting cases for nonmembers, as well.

Sonlight
Sonlight Curriculum is a Christian company specializing in literature-based homeschool curriculum programs. It provides complete curriculum packages and individual resources and materials so you can build the preschool or K-12 homeschool curriculum that best meets your family’s needs. Sonlight is based in Littleton, Colorado and serves customers in over 150 countries worldwide.

Its mission is to reach families worldwide with remarkable, literature-rich, internationally-focused homeschool curriculum.
Its “secret” really comes down to this: It believes that most children respond more positively to great literature than they do to textbooks. Books — quality books — can distill the wisdom of an entire life into the span of a few pages. They can feed us with spiritual insight beyond imagination. Whether written by Christians or non- Christians, great books help us to develop critical thinking skills. They cause us to question the validity of our own values and beliefs in light of the author’s perspective.

These benefits of great literature have inspired them to build their curriculum on quality books that present content in a highly engaging fashion. Once a good book grabs your child’s attention, you’ll find that the educational process becomes relatively painless — because your child will actually want to read!

The Well-Trained Mind: Classical Education for the Next Generation
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (first published 1999 by W.W. Norton and now in its third edition) written by Susan Wise Bauer (link her name with this http://www.susanwisebauer.com/) offers a step-by-step, grade-by-grade, subject-by-subject guide to the classical pattern of education called the trivium. Thousands of parents have used the curricula, books lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children successfully at home–either full-time or as a supplement to classroom education.

If you don’t find a homeschool link or resource above that you are looking for please view 101 Sites Dedicated to the Home School Movement.

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