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.

Summer Fun – Art Outside

Creating art is one way to get your child thinking, moving and doing in a different way than usual. Jump into the mess, but do it in the yard! Summer weather means that you can worry less about mess, by using outdoor spaces.

Collins Academy, A different kind of help for Homeschoolers

Recently, I had a chance to interview Sarah Collins, OTR of Collins Academy Therapy Services. Sarah is a homeschooling Occupational Therapist and she offers a unique form of help for homeschooling families who have kids with learning challenges, special needs, or those who just want some special guidance.

Summer Fun – Cooking with Kids

As summer camps are closed this year, you may be wondering what to do with your child to mix things up. Cooking is one of my favorites activities to do with kids. There are some ways to change it up to make it more interesting as part of your summer fun.

Brains grow, even in Quarantine

As our Quarantine drags on, how are you holding up? As a homeschooler, it took some time for me to start to really feel the difference. I didn’t mind staying home with my kids, I knew how to do that already. But honestly, it isn’t a banner year for us either.

Following Up on Our Kanban Chore Chart

My family has been using our Kanban chore chart for a few weeks now. I thought it was time to give you all an update on how that is going. In general, I am still liking this method better than most chore charts we have tried. However, exactly how well it works, depends on which child we are discussing.