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.
We make tons of lists of things we are going to teach our homeschooled children. Everything from reading and algebra to cooking and cleaning is on those lists. We want our kids to learn so much. Here is a list of things they probably don’t need to learn this year.
Are you about to step into the world of homeschooling, but you fear leaving behind your child’s IEP? Often, an IEP is hard-won ground that helps your child function in school.
This spring, as schools shut down or went virtual, many of those IEPs were ignored like wrapping paper the day after Christmas.
Homeschooling your child actually takes several levels of planning for success. It isn’t enough to just read ahead in your teacher’s guide. There are many things to coordinate. Let me walk you through how to successfully plan each week of your school year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.