Our Homeschooling Journey

In the fall of 1998 we began homeschooling. We had 4 children at the time: a 6-month-old, kindergartener, 2nd grader and 4th grader. The oldest 2 had been in a private school up to that point. We didn’t start homeschooling because we were unhappy with the school. We had decided when they were all preschoolers that we wanted them to have a Christian education, but when Keith suggested we could homeschool and eliminate the cost of a private school, I laughed! I told him that I just wanted them to go away for a little while now and then.

One year later Keith was out of the Navy, in a low-paying job and we were living with my mother. I started working part-time – first at McDonald’s, then at Wal-Mart. A year after that we moved into our own house, and 5 months after that I started to work full-time at our church’s child care center. This eliminated a major problem we had with transportation issues between our two jobs and getting the boys to school, but I suddenly had NO time with my children and it was tearing me up, but we saw no way out. I was starting to seriously consider and research homeschooling. But I had to work. My position as a permanent staff member gained us a 40% tuition discount for the boys at the school and my daughter attended the child care center for free. The children and I traveled to and from the same place each day, which allowed Keith to take over-time whenever it came up. We got into a routine that wasn’t too bad, but not what we really wanted. In 1997 through a series of events that would be called chance by some, but we credit to the hand of God, Keith got the job he had wanted 3 years earlier. Because of that, I was able to quit my job at the end of the year and be a stay-at-home mom once again! Two months later baby 4 was born and when that school year ended we didn’t re-enroll the kids in the school. Our other dream was to live in the country, and the new job’s location was going to allow that, too. Near the end of summer we found this house, sold the other, and moved in on Halloween of 1998.

The first books I read learning about homeschooling were from Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore. They were one of the first advocates of homeschooling over 50 years ago. The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook and Home Style Teaching helped me to get a vision for homeschooling and helped me to realize that this was something I could actually do. I got their catalog and used their basic philosophy in teaching my children for the first several years. That first year we used The Little House on the Prairie books and The Prairie Primer unit study, and added math with Math-It. We had a great time and I was SO glad we had chosen to do this. With the move to the farm just after we started, we all had a lot of new things to learn in a hands-on fashion. We started a garden, ordered ducks and geese through mail order, raised them, put up pens for them, etc., etc.

Over the years we’ve made changes in homeschooling. Our original, eclectic schooling eventually became somewhat stressful for me to plan and schedule, especially as we were adding more babies to our family and more animals to the farm. I wanted something that was already planned for me, but I didn’t want a traditional school-at-home curriculum. Finally, I was able to start purchasing the curriculum from Sonlight. I had looked at it years earlier, and wanted to buy it because I liked the literature-based program and the fact that everything was already scheduled. But at first I felt I couldn’t afford it. I didn’t realize that I could have used one core for all my children and just customized their math and English. If I’d realized that before, I probably would have saved us a bunch of money over the years. Now we have all the cores and all I need to buy is new consumables for math, penmanship and occasionally one for another subject. And since I have another 15 years of homeschooling that is a great relief to me! We still customize what we do with it. We don’t necessarily do everything in their plan, but even they tell you that they put more in their plan than they expect any one person to do – to give many options, and each family can do what they want with it. We also add supplemental materials and events now and then.

Keith works rotating shifts. This works wonderfully with homeschooling! Our field trips are done when he’s not working some weekday and we are able to avoid the weekend crowds at zoos, museums, etc. We take our family vacations on off-peak time – usually early spring or mid-fall. We do school on Columbus Day, Presidents Day, etc., and learn about those people or events. But our birthdays are official school holidays!

The first 3 children we started homeschooling with are now graduated. The oldest is working full-time as a manager of an Auto Zone store. The next 2 are both in college away from home. We currently have 4 that are school age and one preschooler. And the adventure continues!

Importance Of English Language

As we know that we are living in the world of globalization. English language is a common language and is spoken in many countries. It is considered as universal language. Most of the universities worldwide include English as one of their major subject. India is also competing with the other countries in terms of education and many other things. Hence, we are forced to meet global standards. English is the first and foremost criteria whether you are applying for a job or you are seeking admission in a reputed college/university/institution. Companies welcome those candidates who are fluent English and have the relevant qualification and skill set. However, candidates with the relevant qualification without having proper knowledge of English language are being rejected. The first round is generally self introduction round and the second round is followed by Group Discussion and the final round is the interview.

Learning English is not that difficult if you have taken admission in the right institution. Believe me, it is fun learning and it can be learned easily. However, the time frame for learning English depends on somebody’s current level. If somebody has to start from the scratch then it might take 4-5 months if the classes are held from Monday to Friday for 2 hours. People get really scared and become hopeless after trying to learn english language by them or after taking admissions in one or two institutions. However, the fact is that one should do an intelligent search before joining any institution for learning English. There are major difference in writing English and speaking English. It’s not necessary that a person who can write fluent English can also speak English fluently. So, you have to be very cautious while joining an institute and before that you need to understand your requirement whether you’re going to learn how to write correct English or how to speak English fluently, as many of the institute are able to teach you how to write correct English and they fail when it comes to teach you how to speak English fluently. There are few institutes in Delhi that can teach you how to speak English fluently.

There are few tips which can help you enhance fluency in English:
a) Read fairy tales everyday at least for 10 minutes.
b) Read cartoons or jokes in English.
c) Write your personal diary such as what all did you do the entire day? Or what you’re going to do tomorrow? etc.
d) Watch cartoon channels, movie channels like cartoon network, HBO etc.
e) Listen to news.
f) Try to talk in English with your friends or stand in front of the mirror and think that your friend is on the other side of the mirror and start talking about any interesting topic.
g) Think in English about whatever you have done or about whatever you are going to do.

Please understand one thing; Reading, writing, watching, listening and talking makes 100% and this is how you gain confidence and start speaking English fluently. If we’re talking about importance of English language, how could we avoid importance of personality development? If a person is fluent in English language, but if he doesn’t have knowledge about body language and etiquettes, he/she should not be able to demonstrate his/her abilities well. Hence, personality development program is also an important part to learn and you should have the proper knowledge about it. Some of the institutes offer it with no charges or as a combo pack along with spoken English. They also teach you interview techniques as a very minimal cost once you have enrolled yourself for English language course.

To sum up, I would say you should not get scared or loose confidence when it comes to English language. It is just that you should try and find an institute who has the right techniques to teach English speaking course to their students along with personality development program and interview techniques.

High School Online – The Right Choice For Me?

Can you finish high school online? The answer is a resounding yes! In fact, homeschooling isn’t just for kids anymore. Many people from all walks of life and all ages are turning to the internet as a way to finish high school for whatever reason. A high school diploma can now be achieved without attending daily classes and without having to pay a whole lot, sometimes nothing.

There are a couple of points to be aware of however. Remember there will not be a teacher there to keep you or your child on task. This education method is purely self policed. There is a teacher, but the student interacts with them via the internet. If you have a child teen that is using this type of schooling, you may be the one to do the supervising.

If you are looking into a public or charter type of online school, most likely the tuition will be free. These types of schools are by and large underwritten by the government. However, if you are looking into a private setting, then just as in traditional private schooling, you can expect to pay tuition.

To make sure you are receiving an education that will help you along in the job market, verify that the school is accredited. This means that the school has met certain standards set forth by the state the school is in. With a school that is accredited, you can be assured that the diploma you receive will be regarded as a quality education. Colleges will accept students that have achieved an online diploma, provided it’s accredited.

Another point to be aware of is the social aspect. It is vital that the online student find a way to interact with other people their own age. This can be accomplished through sports or by getting a part-time job.

High schooling online is not only for people that have difficulty with a traditional school setting. All kinds of people, of all ages can benefit from the flexibility that online schooling provides. In fact, there are different types of home schools for different types of learners. Advanced, adult, and various religious home schools are available.

So yes, if you found yourself unable to finish high school for whatever reason, or if you simply have had trouble in a traditional school setting, then you may be a perfect candidate to explore high school online and all the flexibility it offers.

5 Reasons You Should Teach Abroad at an International School Instead of a TEFL Language School

Teachers who are looking to move their teaching career overseas have two options, teach at an international school or teach at a private language school. I’ve done both and I think that teaching at an international school is the best option. I’d like to share 5 reasons why I think this is true.

Reason #1 – disposable income

When I taught at private language schools, it was a luxury to buy paperbacks, and to have my legs waxed. I had to think about where I was spending my salary because I simply didn’t have enough money to spend on non-essential items. Not if I wanted to go on any vacations or have any time off over the summer.

Now that I teach at an international school, I am able to spend my teaching salary as I choose, and still have money left at the end of the month to save. I’m not talking about saving for the summer holidays, or for a rainy day. I can save money just to have it in the bank. I’m now able to save towards a deposit on a house, and contribute to a pension scheme.

Reason #2 – regular paid vacations

When you are an EFL teacher, you will usually sign a contract for an academic year (9 months) or a calendar year. Generally your contract will include a few weeks holiday, but you will be expected to work a larger proportion of your contract’s length than if you were teaching at an international school.

At an international school, your teaching contract will be signed for a period of 12 months. Of which you will be expected to teach around 200 days. The rest of the year the school will be closed and you will be able to go on vacations.

I spent 4 years working in the TEFL sector of the teaching profession, and I worked each summer teaching residential summer school courses. Since I’ve been teaching at international schools, I have been able to take each summer off and travel. I also travel during the school year as there is only two months in the year when I do not get at least a three day weekend.

Reason #3 – normal teaching contact hours

Private language schools that specialise in TEFL are ‘cram schools’. The students mostly attend their English lessons around their other school or job commitments. This means that your working hours will be crazy. At my first language school my working day was any hours I was given between 10am and 10pm. I was lucky because the manager of the branch at which I taught was very considerate of her teachers. Not all the EFL teachers working for the same company were so well treated.

At another school I taught at, each week I had days when I worked a split shift. I would be teaching my first lesson at half past seven in the morning, have a few hours off in the middle of the day, then I would have to be back at work and teaching for another 4-5 hours in the evening and finish the day at 9:30pm.

International schools operate regular school hours. If you are teaching at a school that starts early in the morning, then you will be done with your working day in the early afternoon.

Reason #4 – planning time is ‘included’

TEFL teachers are employed for contact hours. This is the time you spend in front of students. However, lessons don’t just appear out of thin air, teachers need to prepare their lessons and organise resources. When you first start out teaching EFL you may spend as much time preparing for a lesson as you actually do teaching it. I remember when I began, this was the case on a good day, sometimes I’d spend a lot more time agonising over what I was going to do in the lesson than I actually spent in the classroom with my students. Of course, this is not true now, when I am teaching in a well resourced language school, I am able to plan a lesson much more quickly than when I started out.

One thing that TEFL teachers need to know is that while your contract says you must teach 20-35 hours a week, in reality this will mean they are working (between lesson preparation, teaching and marking) 50+ hours a week. And the pay for all your extra time spent planning the lessons is ‘included’ in your hourly teaching rate. I can tell you, teachers become very efficient in planning their lessons quickly!

Teachers working overseas in international schools are employed as full-time teachers who teach a required number of contact hours. But overseas teachers are employed for the whole teaching day, and so their planning time is included in their salaries. I’ve taught in regular high schools in addition to international schools, and I have considerably more non-contact time in which to prepare my lessons when I teach abroad at international schools than when I’ve taught locally at state schools.

Reason #5 – professional development opportunities

I have a number of qualifications in EFL teaching. I have two Cambridge certificates and a Diploma in Second Language Teaching as well. I paid for all of the courses out of my teaching salary, when I didn’t have a lot to spare. I sought professional development opportunities to make me a better teacher, and the schools I’ve worked for have directly benefited from my efforts. But not one of the private language schools I’ve taught for in the past have ever helped me pay for my professional development.

Most international schools have a pool of money set aside for the professional development of their teaching staff. At my current school, there is a budget set per teacher annually. I went to a summit in Singapore this year, funded by the school. I’ve used a number of the techniques I learnt at the summit in my classes since I’ve been back.

In conclusion

I’ve taught overseas at both international schools and private language schools since I began my international teaching career, and I am happier and feel more valued now that I am teaching in an international school.

I found that many private language schools were run by people solely interested in their profit margin, and the quality of language education offered was hardly a consideration to them.

I now teach at a school where I’m treated like a teaching professional, the students’ education is the top priority of teachers and management alike, and I get regular vacations to satisfy my hunger for travel and new experiences.

A Critical Heritage Makers Review From Someone Who Didn’t Join

If you’re reading this third party Heritage Makers review, chances are you’re thinking about joining and becoming a consultant for Heritage Makers. Before you do, I want to encourage you to take a moment to go over this entire review. I’ll cover the essential details you’ll need to know to make an educated decision about the company. I’ll also go into what you need to do to truly succeed in a company like Heritage Makers. Before proceeding, I want to disclose that I’m not affiliated with Heritage Makers in any way, so you can be sure that you’ll be getting a true third party perspective on the company and the business opportunity.

Who Is Heritage Makers And What Do They Do?

If you’re serious about making money as a Heritage Makers consultant, then it’s important that you take a good hard look at the company itself as well as the products they market. The Utah-based company was started in 2005, and has more than 6,000 consultants and more than 100,000 customers. The members of the management team, led by Co-Founders Doug Cloward and Sharon Murdoch, bring a lot of direct sales experience to the table. This is a good thing if you’re looking to join and attach your name to the company.

The company sells various products but all the products revolve around the concept of creating memories and stories with pictures. Honestly, at first glance I didn’t think it would be a concept that I could see potential in. Then I thought about all the social media sites that allow you to post pictures and share stories with other people. Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are growing by leaps and bounds, so clearly picture sharing is something people like to do. Sharing and talking about the product looks simple enough. But if you want to build a team of people, you’re going to have to get real good at selling the concept of getting in on the “story telling with picture and creating memories” to people open to taking a look at a business opportunity. If you can do that, you can very well leverage the business model Heritage Makers has in place to build a good business for yourself.

How Do You Make Money?

As a consultant, you can make money a few different ways. You can earn upfront commissions retailing products, as well as passive income when your customers order more products. There are also several bonuses you can qualify for based on your performance. In addition to that, there are incentives like jewelry, vacations and cash giveaways for people who are top producers. The compensation plan is pretty straight forward and simple to understand. And for the right person, the compensation plan could be very lucrative and profitable.

Is It A Good Opportunity?

After reviewing all the information, it certainly looks like Heritage Makers is a solid company with a good opportunity. The company has a good management team, and the income opportunity is fair and generous. With that being said, while having those things are definitely a plus, they have little bearing on your overall success. Why? Because your success will depend on your ability to bring in new people into your team and your ability to get retail customers. If you can position yourself to get a sufficient amount of leads so you can get enough reps and customers to build a business, you can very well be on your way to prosperity through the Heritage Makers opportunity.

International Schools in Samui – What Are the Advantages of Schools in Samui?

International Schools on Samui are plentiful. The large community of expats living and working on the island and the process of globalisation has led to the development of a number of seriously high quality international schools on the island that follow the British National Curriculum.

These schools on Koh Samui take children from all kinds of backgrounds, races, cultures and religions and use a British-led international syllabus to educate students with a global perspective. If you want to provide your children with the highest quality of education, and provided you can afford to pay for it, then sending them to an international school on Samui is a must-do. These institutions have highly qualified teachers (the true international schools requiring fully-qualified teachers with teaching degrees) and their subjects follow internationally-recognised accreditation standards from education authorities like the University of Cambridge.

When compared to the local Thai schools, Panyadee, Bluewater and Samui Centre of Learning are significantly better-funded and as a result can offer your children:

  • Fully qualified teaching staff
  • Cutting-edge science and computer labs
  • Well-funded libraries and resources
  • Interesting and exciting school trips
  • Engaging after-school and extra-curricular activities
  • First class facilities and classrooms

These organisations provide students with a unique blend of internationalism and local culture. As such, expect to find your kids learning Thai language and culture, eating Thai food and learning Muay Thai in P.E. lessons.

If you are considering an schools on the island of Koh Samui, take a look at the websites of Panyadee, Bluewater and Samui Centre of Learning. Each website has a unique feel and style to it, and speaks volumes about the way in which the school is managed and run. Furthermore, it will put you in touch with key staff members who can help you to choose a school that suits you and your children.

International Schools – What to Think About When Moving Abroad

When considering a child’s education in a foreign land most countries offer three alternatives: state schools, private schools and international schools. This article concentrates mainly on the potential benefits and drawbacks of international schools although some consideration is also given to the state school option.

Classes in international schools are usually taught in English and academic results are generally very good. The curriculum is most often British or American in style with the use of high school grades and SAT scores or International GCSEs at age 15/16 and A Levels or the International Baccalaureate at 17/18, the latter being recognized by universities worldwide. Subjects taught are also similar to those taught in the US or UK.

Almost all international schools are fee paying (although grants and scholarships may be available) and fees can be considerable. Average fees for a day school are around EUR 10,000 per year but it should be borne in mind that fees generally increase as the pupil grows older. For example, the average fees for children aged 12 or over are around EUR 20,000 per year. Furthermore, fees for boarding (as opposed to day) schools are much higher. In addition to yearly fees it may also be wise to consider the other expenses which are likely to be incurred when sending a child to an international school. These expenses might include a registration fee, purchase of a uniform, insurance, activity fees and transport.

Given the prohibitive cost, why do some expats choose international schools for their children’s education? Sometimes they are the only choice if foreigners are not permitted to attend local state schools (as is the case in the United Arab Emirates) or if the state schools are full. Many parents are also concerned about the effect learning a new language and adapting to a new culture are likely to have on both their child’s education and happiness. Typically young children take these challenges in their stride but older children may struggle or feel alienated. Another benefit of attending an international school is that it gives the parents a chance to meet other expats!

However, not all expats choose international schools and the state school option may in fact be preferable in some cases. Apart from the obvious cost savings a local state school is a superb place for a child to learn the new language and many expats find that their children are often fluent in the local lingo within a very short period of time. Speaking the language and adapting to a new culture are not only of immediate benefit but may also be useful in the longer term if the family decides to stay in the new country.

International schools can be found in or near most of the popular expat destinations. In other areas they may be more difficult to find. If possible try to choose a school affiliated with a respected international school association as they are more likely to meet minimum requirements as far as teaching or facilities are concerned.

Many international schools have waiting lists so it is always a good idea to enrol as soon as possible, a process which may involve entrance exams (most commonly in English and Maths).

International Schools Are The Only Choice When Living Abroad

International Schools are your ONLY choice if you live Abroad.

If you have a child and really really love them, you might want to consider moving abroad just for the chance of sending your child to an international school –Your child, will be surrounded by children of the best, brightest and most successful of that country. All the most successful local people will send their kids to the international school and all foreign dignitaries, foreign representatives and foreign business elite will send their children to the international school all along side your own child!

Giving your child the best teachers, the best programs, the best structures, the best technology to learn and grow! And your child ends up with the best contacts from around the world! The friends your child makes will become the Ambassadors, tycoons, and world leaders of tomorrow! This is truly a marvelous gift for any child, they’ll learn that he or she can and should make a difference in the world because all their friends’ parents already are! It really is such a marvelous gift that if you have a choice of raising a child overseas, you should do it for the international school experience alone!

However, if you live overseas as a refugee seeking low paid work and that takes priority in your life over everything else, then hopefully you don’t have children. Because if you do and you attempt to justify a local public school because it’s free, then you’ll be ruining your own child’s life forever.

At a public school your foreign born child will be completely different from all the other children, leaving them isolated and bullied but heck, you get rid of your kid for 8 hours a day! Free baby sitting!

Also, if your kids are below 8 years old when they start this degrading process they’ll soon learn to only speak the foreign language that they use in school, because any other language makes them stand out for ridicule and embarrassment which I promise you, no little kid wants. So soon, always within 2 years of local schooling you won’t be able to communicate with your own child at all, even at home!

There is NO choice of private or public schools for parents who live in a foreign country. If you can’t afford an international school then move back or send your child back to your home country where your child will fit into a free public school setting.

Thousands of parents come to Japan every year, (where I live), to work, and stick their kids into local public schools and lose them forever – Not sometimes but always! This isn’t a matter of a child’s personality, it’s a matter of survival, ALL children will subliminally attempt to become what the other kids are to survive, and will end up with neither family nor national identity. If you live abroad, then send your child to an international school or back home where they fit in. Those are your only two choices.

My family has set up scholarships here in Tokyo to try to help all these foreign born kids get free tuition to any international schools they live close too. If you’re a foreign parent there is always a way to get your child into one of these amazing schools.

Do You Flirt Fluently Using the Best Flirting and Dating Apps Yet?

Generation Z and Generation Y Want to Flirt Via Best Apps for Dating and Flirting.

The current generation in college, graduate school, and just beyond all grew up not even bothering with email. They have that to stay in touch with their parents periodically, not for their daily personal use, mind you.

Generation Z and Generation Y Why They Crave the Best Apps for Dating and Flirting:

Sometimes called Generation Text or The Facebook Generation, as well as Generation Y and The Millenials or Millenial Generation, as well as their slightly younger siblings Generation Z or the iGeneration grew up using cell phones.

This new generation speaks a whole additional language than their older generation cousins in the Baby Boomer Generation and GenX demographic cohorts. They are fluent in APP-Speak. I’m not even talking about texting abbreviations. I’m treating APPs interaction itself as a whole mental way and mode of thinking and communication processing.

  • They speak APP.
  • They think in APP processing.
  • They interact via APPs.

So naturally when it comes to flirting, dating, and romancing, they need the best Apps to flirt and date to enable them to do so.

Introducing TrintMe As The Best Apps for Flirting Leading to Dating:

Hence the need for TrintMe. TrintMe is a new socializing APPS platform that enables singles to flirt, banter, and communicate their “True Intentions” with each other as they learn to do so verbally and with their body language signals and social behavior as well.

No longer do you have to risk the friendship or jeopardize your classroom relationship for the semester with overtly saying too much too quickly too fast too soon. You’re in the phase of life when you are just learning the social subtleties of flirting, interacting, attraction and interest. You’re not yet well-versed in how to communicate your interest subtly and check for a mutual interest before saying and doing something.

In the past you had to learn to say something to the one you’re interested and attracted to. Were you to do that, you might be stuck saying something too strong and overwhelming that lacked poise and polish. Yuck! How awful is that?

Now the object of your romantic interest and you feel awkward. And you’ve got the rest of the semester to muddle through together in the same class or major. How awkward is that?

With TrintMe, that is now a thing of the past.

Instead now the two of you can select to express light flirtation and interest via TrintMe and move forward at a better pace, only when the interest is mutual – guaranteed. How great is that?

Start using TrintMe and sharing it with all of your college friends, and in the next 30 days, you never know what will happen and who will get something started. You never know which one of them is really interested in you until you two are both using TrintMe!

How To Overcome Special Education Personnel’s Money Complaints

Are you the parent of a child with autism that has been denied needed educational services, for your child? Have you been told by school district personnel, that your child cannot receive a certain service, because the price is too high? This article will discuss ways that you can overcome these tactics used by some school personnel, for the benefit of your child.

The purpose of special education taken out of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.”

IDEA does not allow, school districts to use the “money” card, to get out of providing needed educational services to children with disabilities. The reality is, that many school districts try this tactic many times a day. And the sad thing is, that many parents believe them. Do not fall for this tactic! Stand up for your child, as you are the only advocate that they will ever have.

For Example:

**School administrator: “Mrs. Jones we would love to give Mary 90 minutes of speech therapy a week, but our district is small, and we cannot afford it.”

**Bad reply from the parent: “Oh I totally understand, I didn’t mean to ask for so much.”

**School administrator: “Oh I am sure that you didn’t. But you have to understand that we have a lot of children in our district, and we want to help them all. How about 30 minutes a week?”

**Parent: “30 minutes will be fine.”

The problem with this conversation is, that the parent should have discussed evidence she had of her child’s need. The parent also did not clarify, that the amount of time offered was for direct service. Many times special education personnel will write down consultative services, rather than direct services; without the parent being aware of it.

Same Example:

**School Administrator: “Mrs. Jones we would love to give Mary 90 minutes of speech therapy a week, but our district is small, and we cannot afford it.”

**Good Example from the parent: “Mr. Parker, my daughter Mary needs 90 minutes of direct speech language therapy per week, to make progress in her education. As you will see from the Independent Educational Evaluation that I have here, the registered Speech/Language Pathologist recommends 90 minutes of direct service per week. I am not concerned with the school districts budget, but what I am concerned about is Mary’s right to receive a free appropriate public education.”

**School Administrator: “Why would you go and get an independent evaluation, don’t you trust our speech /language pathologist to recommend the best for Mary.”

**Parent: “The Speech/Language Pathologist that works for this district, is only recommending 30 minutes direct service per week, despite Mary’s low test scores in areas of receptive and expressive language. Mary needs 90 minutes of Speech Language therapy per week, if you refuse to give it to her, I will consider filing for a due process hearing.

**School Administrator: “Oh, you don’t have to get nasty.”

**Parent: “I was not getting nasty. Due process is my right, if I disagree with your decision, which I do.”

School administrator: “We will consult with out speech language pathologist, and consider giving Mary the 90 per week of direct speech therapy.”

**Parent: “Thank You.”

By standing up to tactics used by some special education personnel, you can ensure that your child receives a free appropriate public education.