Preparing for a New School Year

Next Monday, our family begins the 2016-17 academic year.  We have started school the first Monday in August for almost as long as we have homeschooled.  People are usually surprised when we tell them about our early start date. I often hear questions like, “What about summer vacation?” “Wouldn’t your kids rather be outside?”  “How … Read more

Making the Switch to Digital Reading

Our family finished the school year last Friday.  Yesterday, I began lesson planning for the 2016-17 academic year.  Why the rush?  Well, first off, I want to be prepared.  Second, we are transitioning to a much larger proportion of digital learning materials.  In order to effectively teach from digital curriculum, I need to understand it … Read more

Occupational Therapy Techniques in a Homeschool Setting

Our family has an interesting homeschool.  We cover traditional subjects, but often in nontraditional ways.  This is especially true for one of our daughters. She has dyslexia, so decoding written messages is really hard for her.  We have curriculum that is helping her learn to read, write, and understand basic mathematical concepts.  But even that … Read more