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.

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 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.

Sensory Tips and Tricks

While a sensory diet is essential for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD), it is actually helpful for everyone. Helping your child get a variety of sensory inputs each day, can make them stronger, more alert, and happier. But, where should you start?

My Favorite Toys — Bop It!

I have a new favorite toy for homeschooling. It gives my kid great sensory input and a fun brain break. Check out why I love Bop It!

Understanding Executive Function Disorder

Have you been told that your child has executive function disorder but you don’t really understand what that means? Problems with executive function can occur in people with ADHD, autism, and other learning challenges and be very frustrating for parents and caregivers to understand.

Is it Neurodiverse or Maladaptive Behavior?

There have been a lot of discussions lately about how we need to honor the neurodiverse brain. And how it just works differently. We are asked to let our children be neurodiverse without labeling their behavior as a problem. But some behaviors are problems. So how do we tell them apart and what do we do about them?

Thank you for your struggles!

As my oldest child starts their first college class, I’m feeling stressed. Some teenagers seem to run towards adulthood, college, driving, and jobs with zest. Not my child. Yes, they want to take the class, but still, I am worried.

Is starting school a milestone?

Life is full of milestones, walking, talking, even getting married. We don’t do those at the exact same age, so why do we start school at the same age? Should we rethink educational milestones?

Magic Monday: Buses

Look at this happy guy! Michelle’s kids have been using our Wonderful World curriculum and having a great time with it! While the lesson topic of “buses” might sound silly to an adult, for a kid, buses are amazing!