Olivia Learning Pack Giveaway: Let’s Talk Special Needs

Dear Homeschooler,

It’s time for a giveaway! I love finding materials that are educational and highly engaging. Whether your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbor kids, etc. homeschool or go to public school, encouraging them to read and be creative is paramount! Check out this month’s Olivia Learning Pack Giveaway:



Olivia Learning Pack Giveaway

  • Ready-To-Read Level 1: Olivia Helps Mother Nature
  • Ready-To-Read Level 1: Olivia Measures Up
  • Ready-To-Read Level 1: Olivia Becomes a Vet
  • Ready-To-Read Level 1: Olivia Trains Her Cat
  • Big Fun Book to Color: Olivia


For More fun activities with Olivia, check out Olivia: High Interest Learning



As this is Autism Awareness month, let’s talk special needs. As many of you know, I was a special education teacher for many years, teaching in a specialized program for students with autism. Although I homeschool now, the love I developed for all my previous students continues. I do have a heart for the parents who are doing all they can to support and teach their special needs children, whether homeschooled or not. You know that teaching doesn’t stop when the bell rings.

Do you have a special needs student? What teaching strategies do you find helpful? What areas are challenges? Would you be interested in more posts specifically about teaching and supporting special needs students? Would you be interested in support that is more interactive like a forum to post questions and helpful ideas? I want Dear Homeschooler to support and encourage you.



The giveaway will be open for 7 days (April 5  12:00 AM till April 11, at 12:00 AM). Please take note of the entry options because some are mandatory (participation in the discussion below, ‘Like’ me on Facebook, and subscribe to the newsletter –last two can be found on the right sidebar) and some entries you can fill out every day and increase your chances of winning! Remember, if you are already following Dear Homeschooler, go ahead and take the entry points!! 🙂


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  1. We’ve always loved the Olivia books. I have one child who is very much like Olivia. 🙂

  2. my grandkids are homeschooled and love Oliva

  3. Awesome. My daughter loves Olivia!

  4. My daughter loves all these books

  5. I love these books

  6. I do! Patience and presence and persistence!

  7. I don’t know if your giveaway is open to Canada or not. Just wanted to wish you lots of entries. 🙂

  8. Connie McCullough

    We tried homeschooling this past year, and I think I’m the one with special needs; teaching is just beyond me! I’m looking now into an online school that has teachers but also allows students to stay home. Hopefully we can make that work. If so, homeschool information will still be very useful to us.

  9. Neat idea but I do not have any special needs student at this time

  10. My son is special needs. It is a struggle sometimes to keep my patience with his defiant behavior. He also has a severe speech delay and although i understand him better than anyone, i cannot always understand him 100% which is very frustrating for him. But homeschooling him is definitely helping.

    • Emily, we all get frustrated sometimes. Communication issues definitely make it harder for both of you. Homeschooling does give you lots of options. Would information on non-verbal communication be helpful? Keep with it!

  11. I would donate the prize to charity

  12. what a great giveaway!

  13. ths would be awesome

  14. This is very neat!! We have been working on finding exciting ways to help our daughter learn!

  15. My kids are not special needs students but they have friends who are. I so admire parents who need to work extra hard to make sure their children get the best education for them.

  16. I had no idea that there were Olivia curriculum materials. My nieces all love her books and I’m sure would enjoy her teaching materials also.

  17. This looks awesome, thanks for sharing, this would be very useful!

  18. brittany marie thompson

    My daughter is autistic and loves the Olivia books.

  19. My son could really use this he is behind in school and the there is no one on one in the classroom he could really use this

  20. My oldest has sensory processing disorder and has great difficulty interacting with textures and proprioception. It wasn’t the reason I chose to homeschool (she simply missed the cut off to get into kindergarten this year) but this year has opened my eyes to her needs educationally and it is part of the reason we will continue to homeschool!

  21. These books look amazing. Learning and fun at the same time.

  22. Here are some ideas I have been considering: a dedicated special needs blog category, a forum where we can ask questions and support each other (for all home educators), and a Facebook support group. What do you think of these ideas? Do you have a different idea that would be helpful to you?

  23. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)

    My children love the Olivia books. They’re definitely kindred spirits.
    I don’t have a special needs student, but I know quite a few.

  24. My daughter has a neurological disorder where she is missing her corpus callosum. She is extremely high functioning and has only mild social-communication challenges, but we homeschool her partly because we are worried about her falling through the cracks in the schooling system and then falling behind. She is a bright little girl!

    • Vicky, even the best schools are unable to provide the one-on-one attention and custom curriculum you are able to provide for your daughter at home. 🙂

  25. I forgot to answer a few of the other questions. I would love a support group to help and ideas from everyone on different ways to help teach my son. He is an incredible reader and speller. We have more difficulty in math and English. He also has a really hard time with writing for it is hard for him to grip pencils and pens. He writes very large and messy. We are working on writing and on money. I just started to have him do a couple of easy chores around the house to earn an allowance.

  26. I have a son with Autism. Our days can be so challenging but also so rewarding. For my son learning for him is best buy watching or by reading. The computer and his Ipad are the main ways my son learns. He also like Leapster and other educational tech toys. This seems to work the best for him.

    • Isn’t it amazing how much technology can help learning? It can be highly engaging and educational. Thanks for sharing, Julie.

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