I hired Sharon
in June of last year and my time with her
has been like "gold" to me. Smile.
I have a huge amount of respect for Sharon
is a very wise, practical and experienced consultant.
For example, when I was choosing math curriculum - she
walked me through step by step - pros and cons based on my kids' needs.
does not have an agenda to sell.
is objective and also flexible.
All of the tutors and teachers I have worked with in the past - seem so opinionated and pushy.
Many times after working with other tutors/teachers/helpers - I've left feeling badly about my kids or my situation.
That's such a defeating and dismal feeling.
- has only helped empower me.
understands the struggles.
There is no judgement.
She is loving and kind and her goal is to help me help my kids take ownership of their struggles, offer practical help and ideas to me as their teacher and THRIVE.
has completely helped me simplify and make the "main things the main things.
I am so thankful the door opened for me to be able to work with Sharon
I recommend her
Wishing you all the best on this amazing journey,
The IHEPs (In-Home Education Plans) that Sharon
helps me craft every year really clarify what our plan for the year is, and again, we aren't chained to it.
If it needs changing, we change it!
I can ask questions whenever I need to.
The quarterly evaluation forms streamline keeping track of our progress, and the comments section of our monthly attendance forms is more than a mere formality.
reads them and responds -- sometimes when I didn't even ask a question!
I love that personal touch.
Sometimes we moms just need a pep talk, and Sharon
is always a terrific encouragement.
I am so thankful for the help of Sharon
and Prabha through AVCS
We homeschool all of our children, and have found it somewhat difficult in the past to find "experts" who understood the demands and benefits of homeschooling, some pressuring us to put our (fairly severely dyspraxic) daughter in public school special education programs despite our conviction that she would do better at home.
Also, being mothers of "special needs" children whom they taught themselves for many years, Prabha and Sharon
have in my estimation, earned the right to make suggestions to me, in a way that most other people (even therapists and specialists) have not.
Likewise I have been immensely blessed by the meetings and interaction with all of the AVCS mothers at these events.
I found the single most helpful and life changing resource out there is Almaden Valley Christian School
, a homeschool ISP provider run by Sharon Hensley
, located in my small town of Morgan Hill, CA.
It is a homeschool ISP for families with special needs learners and their siblings.
provides consultation as well as ISP if you choose to go under her
school instead of filing your own, at a very low cost.
I love the flexibility of choosing ether the consulting or ISP option or both if needed, but the great thing is both options also give you the majority of control over your kids schooling.
Reporting is a simple with her
and you choose all your own curriculum.
If you need help she
is there to guide you.
I can't say enough about how Sharon has helped me more than any therapist or book I've read, she has hands on personal experience but just seems to be the queen of schooling special learners.
VERY PRACTICAL ADVICE is what you get.
I can't stress enough how any special needs parent needs to get plugged in with her
thinks outside of the box more than anyone I've ever met, which as you know is the key to special needs where you have to deconstruct even more your idea of school and learn how to teach as your child needs.
has literally been a God send.
gives quarterly talks and posts them in a special log in place for us parents that are invaluable.
has also worked with me in the training of our service dog and provides therapeutic horse riding and Animal Assisted therapy.
This has become our families forte and it's been great to have her
help us integrate that in our lives.
I cannot believe how fortunate we are to have found Sharon
My son has some severe learning disabilities (secondary to cerebral palsy) but is extremely bright.
It seemed there was no place in the world for him, so we had to make one for him at home
With Sharon's guidance, we've been able to navigate the legal ins and outs of what's needed (and what we can do without!)
has shepherded us through creating a custom curriculum and we are now on year FOUR of homeschooling with great success!
I was terrified when I started, but Sharon
gave me just the hand-holding I needed.
also gave me reassurance and support....even when I didn't know I needed it.
Needless to say, all our "searches" kept leading us back to Sharon
After our initial call we never looked back or anywhere else for that matter!
helped ease our anxiety trying to disseminate all the curriculum choices out there, which in and of itself can be an overwhelming task.
As much as I may be an expert at having a son with learning disabilities, I am not an expert in learning disabilities, and there is a difference.
A perfect example was in our initial choice for an on-line math program.
I realize now it never would have worked!
We had found what we thought would be the perfect math program, but after talking to Sharon
and having it revealed to us a greater understanding of and discussing our son's "visual learning style" we knew we needed a program that would better fit that model.
We ended up with Math-U-See and it has been perfect!
Our friends and family are so surprised at how comfortably we have transitioned into Home Schooling and we credit Sharon
for making that happen.
We could not have done this without her!
A few years ago I sought answers to difficulties within my then home school group.
My child has autism and some retardation, and that previous group had no knowledge about laws nor IHEPs.
HSLDA referred me to Sharon Hensley
and Almaden Valley Christian School
It turned out that I already had a book of Sharon's
She was extremely helpful with pointing out what I did and didn't need to do legally for my special needs child - and how to explain that to the other school's director - considerably before I decided to change schools.
I got nowhere with that other school and thus switched to AVCS
about 3 or 4 years ago.
is very helpful with any questions and with ideas for the IHEP.
I am very thankful for engaging Sharon
in my homeschool this year, as a Consultant.
I SOO needed her!!
is available as I need her
, and tries hard to accommodate me/us as we need her
I felt her
support by phone call, through email, AND regular mail!
She even called me on Skype/VP per my request, since I am hard of hearing, to make sure I could understand everything- she is willing to accommodate me/us however we need, with the ultimate goal of getting the best plan designed for my students.
has surprised me with the texts and materials she
has available, to consider if I wanted to incorporate a new idea into my teaching.
I so appreciated the opportunity to view firsthand any new options for supporting my students- a new therapy approach, a new curriculum approach, etc.
I also appreciated her
wealth of knowledge and familiarity with all curriculums and educational options I explored- she
was able to match my students with the best educational approach for each of them.
I loved that I could ask her
, "What do you think about trying Classical Conversations?
I highly recommend Sharon
team, to support your home school, as you challenge your children academically, and encourage them to their highest potential.
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