Is Your Homeschooled Child Asking to Go To School

Is Your Homeschooled Child Asking to Go To School

Help, My Homeschooled Child is Asking to Go to School Is your homeschooled child asking to go to school? If so, you are not alone. Over the years, I have seen the desire to attend school expressed a few times by my kids. I have also known moms who fear their child will ask to go school or become saddened at the request. The request never made me sad. I simply answered that in our family we have made the decision to homeschool until such time we feel the situation has changed. For older children, middle school through high school, I will give a more detailed response citing our conviction and reasons for homeschooling. Is it My Child’s Choice to … Read more

5 Ways to Invite Joy into Your Homeschool Routine

5 Ways to Invite Joy into Your Homeschool Routine

Do you struggle to nail down a routine for your homeschool day? Does the lack of a routine leave you feeling anxious? We have a large family so I tend to find the idea of scheduling our day thrilling, but the actual application of it quite daunting. There are a few ways that I found, however, that really help to create and sustain an environment that welcomes joy into our homeschooling day. What can a daily routine do for your homeschool? A routine will give you confidence that you are accomplishing all that you need to in a day. A consistent routine will give your students a sense of stability as they take comfort in knowing what they can expect from … Read more

DIY Sensory Play, Stress Relieving, Fidget Balls

DIY Sensory Play, Stress Relieving, Fidget Balls

Do you have a child that needs and enjoys sensory play with colorful, textured toys?  Does your child struggle to sit still? Do they like to fidget? What about you as an adult? This project is for you!  It is frugal and fun, and my children went crazy over them.  I was especially surprised out how my toddler and my seven year old had the same reaction. These were played with for hours and help up really well to my kids playing with them roughly and outside. These would be a great thing to have in the homeschool room to allow children to “keep moving” while still sitting still.  This is a time tested strategy for helping those kids who … Read more

Discovering Dyslexia

Discovering Dyslexia

The look on her face, as she stared at the flashcard, revealed the confusion going on inside her head.  She could not make sense of the letters. The simple word “in” became an impossible puzzle. She knew what an “i” sounded like.  She knew what an “n” sounded like.  But the pieces did not fit.  The word was never formed.  Her bright eyes grew misty and the storm came.  The only evidence of a reading lesson were the tears that fell on the table. Why could other children her age read and she could not?  Why was she unable to learn?  I had no answers. She was a smart girl, so I thought the road to reading would be a … Read more

Top Apps for Dyslexia

Top Apps for Dyslexia

Once my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, I went on the search for educational tools that would aid my daughter in learning to read. Dyslexia is not a roadblock yet it does change the course of how you teach your child. One of my favorite new homeschool tools is the iPad. The sheer amount of educational apps can be overwhelming. So, I want to share my top picks that have helped my daughter. The apps will not only benefit a child with dyslexia but any child who struggles to read. 1. Dyslexia Quest- $1.99: (iTunes) The Yeti Master will take your child on an adventure while testing working memory, processing speed, visual memory, phonological awareness, auditory memory, and sequencing skills. … Read more

10 Ways to Use Unifix Cubes {Pre-K – 2nd Grade}

I always recommend Unifix Cubes to moms looking for a hands on approach to math. The cubes can be used for quite a few grades and fit any curriculum and homeschool method. If you have not heard of Unifix Cubes then grab a sit and learn a few ways to implement them into your math lessons for your younger children. Sorting The most basic concept of sorting colors is a snap with Unifix Cubes. You can also sort by number of cubes. Patterns Using the cubes to make patterns can be simple or challenging depending on the child’s level. The more colors the more complicated the pattern. However, if you give your child two colors, challenge her to come up … Read more