Picking the Perfect Pet

There is a myth that homeschoolers all live on farms and have more pets than a respectable zoo. I would never be accused of having a zoo, but we have had several of the obligatory variety of pets. Here are some things that I have learned.

Happy Quarantine-aversary!

Welcome to March! It has now been a year for most of us since we felt like life was “normal.” We’ve now spent a year in this alternate reality where we wear masks, social distance, and work from home. Many of you are celebrating your first full year of homeschooling. Congratulations! It has been quite a year!

Black History Month: Book Ideas for Little Learners

Black History Month often focuses on learning about great Black heroes of American history. But learning history is complicated and requires context, which young children may not be ready for. I’ve put together a list of great picture books that depict Black children and families exploring the great outdoors.

Valentine’s Day for Homeschoolers 2021

Valentine’s Day might be my favorite homeschooling holiday. It doesn’t have the baggage of many other holidays, and if you homeschool you can do anything you want with it. I have a ton of lesson plans built around Valentine’s Day, both as an OT and as a homeschool mom. So, let me share a few ideas with you!

Keyboarding: When an OT teaches her own kids…

Learning to type can be a huge relief for students who struggle with handwriting assignments. However, learning typing isn’t as easy as putting your child in front of a computer program and walking away. Let me tell you about what I am, and am not, doing to teach my kids typing this semester.

Sensory Bins: Easy and Fun

Sensory bins are a way to set the stage for play for your child. They are easy to make and a fun way to play with your lesson theme for the month. And you probably already have most of what you need! Let me tell you how.

Let’s Play! Why your child needs to play instead of work.

Some children seem to be born ready to play from the moment they learn to crawl. But what if you have a child that doesn’t seem to know how? What if they ask you to play too? What if you feel like your child needs a bit of a push towards play time? Here’s my guide to how, and why, you can create more play in your home.

Welcome to Homeschooling in 2021 – A letter to my past self.

Dear 2019 Me. I want to tell you about the changes to homeschooling that have happened in just a few years! In a few short years, homeschooling has grown by leaps and bounds! Thousands if not millions more children are being homeschooled here in 2021!