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.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching Cursive, Beyond Workbooks

To teach cursive, or not to teach cursive. That is the question. It’s one of the biggest debates in education today. I tend to be on the pro-cursive side of the discussion. Even in a world where we type everything, handwriting is important. So how do we make learning cursive easier and more fun?

Kanban your Kids: Chore Charts that Work 

Last week, I decided, again, that I needed a new way to tell the kids to do their chores. My husband thought a kanban board might help, so we gave it a try. Here is how we modified this business strategy to work in our home.

Homeschooling and Victory Gardening

Victory gardening was the cool thing to do in the 1940s. And now it is back! Is this the perfect way to add some science and life skills to your homeschooling? It’s worth a shot!

Social Distancing Challenge

My homeschool friends, I want you to know, we’ve got this. You are more prepared than you realize to cope with this strange situation.

Attention Emergency Homeschoolers

Welcome to homeschooling! I’m sorry you were forced into this. I’m here to share some secrets and tricks of the trade with you. Don’t worry, I won’t get kicked out of the club or anything.

Homeschooling With Dysgraphia, A Survivor’s Tale

Rae has dysgraphia and couldn’t write her name until she was 7. She did every single writing lesson “late.” She didn’t write an essay until she was 16. But she was able to get A’s on essays in college at 17. This is how homeschooling helped her get there.