End of Year Review — 2019

As we wrap up another year, I’m going to take a minute to think back on what this year brought. 2019 was a complicated year with some highs and lows, and I’m feeling good that it is over.

Homeschool Mom, Are you Okay?

Hey, Homeschool Mom, I want to talk to you for a minute, about you. Usually, we talk about your kids, your homeschool, all those things that are taking up your entire life. But those things aren’t all of you.

My Favorite Toys — Bop It!

I have a new favorite toy for homeschooling. It gives my kid great sensory input and a fun brain break. Check out why I love Bop It!

Homeschooling when Life Gets Hard

Homeschooling through major life events, new babies, illness or moving, can be challenging. Should you push through or change your routine? Advice from a veteran homeschool mom.

Quick Question: What is copy work?

Copy work is mentioned in many places in the homeschooling world. It is even included in most Five Senses Literature Lessons programs. Copy work means you select a word, sentence, or passage from a book and have your child copy it. As an occupational therapist, I am a huge fan of copy work!

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, which makes it a wonderful time of year to teach your homeschooled child about Native Americans. If you are interested in celebrating Native American Heritage Month, here are some ideas you can do with your family.

Understanding Executive Function Disorder

Have you been told that your child has executive function disorder but you don’t really understand what that means? Problems with executive function can occur in people with ADHD, autism, and other learning challenges and be very frustrating for parents and caregivers to understand.

Make your kids do Hard Stuff

“If it goes great, it will be awesome. And if it doesn’t … It will make a great story!” This is the mantra I’ve raised my oldest child with. Think about it: stories with wrong turns or times when everything went wrong, are the most entertaining ones to tell and hear! And often lead to the best lessons.

Is it Neurodiverse or Maladaptive Behavior?

There have been a lot of discussions lately about how we need to honor the neurodiverse brain. And how it just works differently. We are asked to let our children be neurodiverse without labeling their behavior as a problem. But some behaviors are problems. So how do we tell them apart and what do we do about them?

How to Get a Great Music Education at Home

We all have seen the research that says teaching children music has amazing benefits. Therefore, most of us want to provide some music education in our homeschool. But how do we do that on a budget?