Ditching the IEP to Homeschool

Are you about to step into the world of homeschooling, but you fear leaving behind your child’s IEP? Often, an IEP is hard-won ground that helps your child function in school.
This spring, as schools shut down or went virtual, many of those IEPs were ignored like wrapping paper the day after Christmas.

How to Plan Your Homeschool Year

Homeschooling your child actually takes several levels of planning for success. It isn’t enough to just read ahead in your teacher’s guide. There are many things to coordinate. Let me walk you through how to successfully plan each week of your school year.

Write Your Own Parenting Handbook

Are you tired of hearing about tons of theories of parenting from all those expensive books and experts? I’m going to tell you right now, how to write a book that will make you a better parent, possibly, the best parent you can be.

Virtual Conference Booth

With all our homeschool conferences canceled in real life, we thought it would be fun to make a video of Laura’s “table talk”. Watch this video to see what it is like to talk to Laura at a table at the homeschool conference and learn all about our different programs.

How to (birthday) party in 2020

My family just had our first birthday in 2020. This is a year without parties, bounce houses, or adventures. This year, birthdays are something most of us get to spend at home. But, how do you make a child’s birthday special this year?

Teach your kids Social Justice – for Teens and Tweens

Teaching teens and tweens about what life is like for other people is one of the best ways to help them develop empathy and an understanding of justice. Using this approach I have built a short unit study around a great graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Summer Fun – Exercise

Normally, I don’t love the word “exercise.” It evokes thoughts of burpees and jogging—both things I will happily never do again. We have always had active summer plans. But, this summer, I am worried about my kids getting enough exercise. I need to make some new plans.

Building The Perfect Kindergarten Year

If you ask homeschooling friends what to do for homeschooling kindergarten, you may feel you have only two options: An academic year full of curriculum, or unschooling. There is at least one more choice: Developmental kindergarten.

Teach your kids Social Justice!

As a parent, sometimes, I have high ideals of what I want my kids to be. I want them to be kind, thoughtful, and useful members of society. I want them to go out and make the world a better place. But if I want that to happen, I have to parent for it. So, I am trying to teach my kids about social justice.