I’ve “met” a lot of amazing and inspirational people online over the past few years, but I confess, Renae Eddy tops the list. I first discovered Renae through her free printables and educational activity ideas on Every Star is Different. Wow, what a treasure trove! It took a little while before I realized that her activity-creating genius was just the tip of the ice berg of this lady’s amazing skill set.
You see, Renae is the homeschooling mother of four children, two of whom are adopted from foster care. All four have some level of special needs, ranging from autism to ADHD to anxiety disorder to reactive attachment disorder to PTSD. Renae and her husband, Jason, have made it their mission to do everything they can to help their children achieve their fullest potential despite what others may consider immense challenges. You can read a little of Renae’s story and how she and Jason came to homeschool their children on her blog. They are also co-authors of the book Holidays and PTSD: A Parent’s Guide to Survival available on Amazon.
Renae chose Montessori to homeschool her children. She has found the tenets of the Montessori approach to be a perfect match for her children with special needs. So, it was my great honor when she agreed to share some of her experience and expertise with us in the 2017 Montessori Homeschool Summit. Renae has a lot of practical tips to help you work with your special needs child in a homeschool setting. All of her strategies are compatible with the Montessori approach. Teachers too will find some very useful information here that they can use with students in their classroom.
In the preview video above, Renae talks briefly about how to get started when you are trying to understand your child’s behaviors. The rest of Renae’s 50 minute presentation will be available in the 2017 Montessori Homeschool Summit in January 2017.