deaf education

Making the Most of your “We Succeed Because We Can” Poster

Making the Most of your “We Succeed Because We Can” Poster

Teachers! We are so happy you have ordered your “We Succeed Because We Can” posters! Here are some great ideas of how to make the most of your poster in your classroom! Heck, we even include the Common Core Standards the activities fit under! Together, we CAN make a difference in the lives of youth everywhere! Lesson Plan Ideas and Suggestions Together as a class, pick a person from th ...[Read More]

Butterflies and Deaf individuals… what do they have in common?

Butterflies and Deaf individuals… what do they have in common?

Did you know… Although scientists have found ears on some Butterfly species, most butterflies rely primarily on vision and smell to communicate? That’s right. I think that’s pretty cool! Here’s why! Butterfly Communication: Butterflies use their vision, the beautiful patterns on their wings and UV rays to send and receive messages. They have this cool deal worked out so that when they ...[Read More]

What do you do with a Power Struggle? Offer Choices!

What do you do with a Power Struggle? Offer Choices!

As Parents we ALL have times when we want our kids to do something that they don’t want to do. This happens because our kids are developing their ability to make choices and control the world around them. This is healthy and it’s something we want to encourage. What do you do with a Power Struggle? So, what then do we do when our kids want something and we want them to do something else? Part of t ...[Read More]

It’s Deaf History Month… Why Should I Care?

It’s Deaf History Month… Why Should I Care?

It’s Deaf History Month! As a parent of Deaf children…. Why should I care? What is the value of Deaf History for deaf youth? Huge. It’s so huge, I had to divide this post into TWO! Watch for Part 2 coming next week! Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs To start off, let’s go back to something you should have learned in Psychology or a child development class. It’s called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It loo ...[Read More]

Tired of Spelling? Try some of these tips!

Tired of Spelling? Try some of these tips!

Spelling is NOT usually FUN!   It’s not often that your child says, “My favorite subject is… Spelling!” More than likely, it’s not a favorite at all. More often, no one likes to do it. Many classrooms have stopped focusing on spelling and instead focus more on the whole language approach. I, personally, like a balanced approach where spelling is taught, but differently than the traditional ap ...[Read More]

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

Have you seen this face before? Maybe on your son? daughter? spouse? student? This is the look of someone who just doesn’t get what is going on. Without a qualified interpreter, this is what happens to deaf individuals.   After my last post, I realized I had shared an experience where I did NOT succeed in getting an interpreter. Getting an interpreter for a youth class or sports team is ...[Read More]

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Tonight I walked out on a wonderful opportunity to have my deaf son involved in a top of the art Karate Program. The reason? I was not allowed to interpret during  instructions on how to live with a “black belt attitude.” I wasn’t even asking them to provide an interpreter. I was willing to do that, but no… Now, they were willing to compromise with me. The master said I could interpret ...[Read More]

Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Boost Students’ Self-Esteem and Motivation in Just 5 Minutes!

Every teacher wants their students to have a higher self-esteem and more motivation, right? You know those first 5 minutes of the day when kids are chatting away and won’t get in their seats? Or the 5 minutes right after lunch when they just don’t want to settle down and start to work? Or the first 5 minutes after passing period? Why not take that 5 minutes to share a snippet of Deaf Culture or Hi ...[Read More]

25 Things to DO with Water Beads

25 Things to DO with Water Beads

By now you have probably seen the cool water beads that you can play with somewhere: preschool, a daycare or summer day camp, etc. You can read our first post about them and our other sensory bin ideas here. If you have seen these awesome silky beads, you’ve probably seen the fabulous look on the kids’ faces as their eyes light up when they stick their hands in the beads. I just took o ...[Read More]

What is the Best Educational Placement for a Deaf Child? Our Story

What is the Best Educational Placement for a Deaf Child? Our Story

Ok… time to spill my guts. I asked an important question today: what is the best educational placement for my child? For those of you with children who have IEPs, you will know what I mean. Many of you other parents have children who may not “fit in” in the regular public education classroom. They are active kids who are kinesthetic learners; they are bright, dyslexic, just delayed, day dreamers . ...[Read More]