My husband, the organizer, wants a plan for our precious daughter’s kindergarten year that’s coming up this fall. While I would have been content with nature play and finger rhymes, he asked me for a syllabus, a schedule, a well-planned year. This unexpected turn left me a little overwhelmed. Truthfully, I love putting together curriculum, but … [Read more...]
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When I was a little girl, my dad loved to tell me stories before bed. These weren’t just any stories. They were always full of imagination and silly voices. I never knew exactly where he was going with each story, but I could usually depend on there being a purple polka-dotted dragon involved. All these years later and I still remember how much … [Read more...]
Math can be a thorn in the side of a non-math minded homeschool mom. Thankfully we have so many options from which to choose, that it is no longer a huge issue for those of us who aren't mathematically inclined. There is ample curriculum available to cover every child's needs! Disclosure: We were compensated for our time. All opinions are my own … [Read more...]
How Homeschool Parents Can Find Time to Date Their Spouse Homeschooling can take a big chunk out of your day. On top of the lessons, you still have household chores, extracurriculars, and errands to keep up with. Let’s not forget about your spouse. Afterall, you two couldn’t do this homeschooling thing without each other. All too often, we … [Read more...]
Having a child with sensory challenges can be a bit, well, challenging at times. Teaching your child how to self-regulate is a major accomplishment! With SPD, Apraxia, ADHD, and generally high energy boys this is something we are always working on. We have been having incredible success getting the boys to decompress on their own in this … [Read more...]
Kids Audiobooks for Homeschooling We are big fans of audiobooks. I love them because they are screen free, they are a fun way to get in extra read aloud time, and there are so many wonderful adventures the boys can go on while I get housework done or take time to read something I want to. Some of the best audiobooks for kids are from Focus on … [Read more...]
Can you believe how quickly the holiday season flies up every year? It's like you pack away the garlands and lights and then it's time to put them out again. Our Christmas decorations are aging since most of them have been around since we got married (almost 10 years ago!), and several were around before that. They are looking a bit worn now. By … [Read more...]
Online Learning for Kids Did you ever balk at people who talked about how great online learning could be? I'm pretty sure I gave an eye-roll or two. Then I had kids. One of the challenges we have in our homeschool is that Mr. T having dyslexia means that Mr. F, who has always loved letters and numbers and books, is on the same level in some … [Read more...]
Homeschool Curriculum to Reduce Mom Stress Homeschooling takes a lot of work. When you have multiple kids at multiple levels, having a little help in the way of online and all-in-one programs can make the difference between a thriving homeschool and a burnt-out mom. Other times, life throws you curve balls and you just need that all-in-one … [Read more...]
When Your Bright Child is a Struggling Reader Lots of things come easily to some children. Having a child who loves to be a read to, who has a high school level comprehension and vocabulary, and who eats science projects for breakfast is a wonderful, if sometimes exhausting, thing. When this same child cannot sound out simple words, … [Read more...]