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.

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!

Irlen Syndrome: Diagnostic Testing for Glasses

Do you have a child who struggles with reading? If you feel like it might be “more than just dyslexia” you could be right. Irlen Syndrome is a condition that affects reading, writing, and sensory processing. It is suspected that 50% of students diagnosed with dyslexia have Irlen Syndrome.

Unit Study: Why they are the best way to learn.

Are you new to homeschooling? Or maybe you are just exploring your options for homeschooling and you came across the words “unit study” and wondered what that was. Let me give you an explanation.

Working and Homeschooling

Over the years of our homeschooling journey, I have worked both from home and outside the home. It is a balancing act, and I don’t always feel like I am succeeding. But as so many parents are now struggling with the reality of needing to do both, I thought I’d share what I know about how to make this work.