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!

2020 Year End Review

Are you doing a year-end review this year? Or just burning your planner in a bonfire? It was a hard year for so many of us for so many reasons. But I am going to choose to look for the successes. Because even in a hard year, some things went right.

Being Grateful

About 10 years ago, I was working part-time and we had a sitter who came to the house to keep my kids while I worked. One December day she decided to warn my son, who was 3, that he “Better be good or Santa will bring you coal for Christmas.” My son didn’t respond the way the sitter expected.

Lunch Lady Help! Turning Dinner into Lunch You Will Want to Eat! 

One of the challenges of staying home with your kids every single day, is that you have to keep feeding them. I love food, but even I get burned out on cooking every meal every day. And while I have no problem with throwing a good PB&J at them, I don’t want a sandwich every day.

Role Playing Games: When You Don’t Want a Dungeon

Is your child asking to play an RPG (role playing game)? Do you like the idea but aren’t a dungeon master? Trust me, I understand. Role Playing Games can be great to explore story development, character building, and problem solving. But they can can be intimidating to learn. So what games can you play instead?