Homeschooling Special Needs, Orthodox Style

A homeschooling conference took place March 11-14, 2009, at Antiochian Village entitled St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference: http://www.antiochian.org/christianeducation/emmeliaconference

Here’s the info packet for the conference: http://holycrossonline.org/latest_news/special_events/docs/10-homeschooling-conference.pdf

Here’s one of the workshops, pertaining to addressing disability:

Homeschooling With Special NeedsMary Klopcic

From the Speaker biography section of the information packet:

Mary Klopcic is an Orthodox mother of 12 children, 5 adopted with special needs, 7 homemade. She has homeschooled all of the children from the beginning with an eclectic approach. The Klopcic homeschooling challenges incorporate down syndrome, autism, mental retardation, expressive/receptive language disability, RAD, PTSD, hearing impairment, ESL issues and a host of learning disabilities into their daily lives and learning. In addition to meeting her own family’s schooling needs, she also runs CHESK, a local support group for moms homeschooling kids with special needs and is the listmom for SNOH, a yahoo group for Orthodox faithful homeschooling children with special needs.

Here’s the Yahoo group page for SNOH, where one can sign up: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SNOH/

On Ancient Faith Radio’s Frederica Here And Now, Khorea Frederica Matthewes-Green interviews Mary. (January 29, 2009) To listen: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frederica/and_baby_makes_12

A written version of the podcast: http://www.frederica.com/writings/big-family-special-needs.html

Here also is a response to the St. Emelia’s Homeschooling Conference, by Barbara Shukin, author of “Journaling Through the Liturgical Year:” http://anaphorapress.com/music/writers/

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