Think Outside the Box(ed) Curriculum


The following is a post from contributing writer Amanda from The Pelsers. I’m what you could call a Charlotte Mason, Classically-leaning, interest-led, eclectic homeschooler. That was a mouthful, wasn’t it? But, when I decided to leave my job and stay home to homeschool my son, I didn’t know where to start. So two years ago, I […]

Four Things to Remember When Teaching an Early Reader

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When my son Jonathan was about three and a half, he started showing an interest in reading.  He knew all his letters and most of their sounds.  He would flip through books and “read” the ones he’d memorized or make up the story for those he didn’t know.  And then, he started asking to learn […]

Help! My Early Reader Has Hit a Reading Wall

Jonathan Reading

I have an early reader.  At just over three and a half years old, Jonathan showed an interest in learning to read.  Within one month of starting to sound out words, he was reading at an early first grade level.  Fast forward about a year to age four and a half.  Jonathan now reads at […]

Three Reasons That Made Our Homeschooling Decision Easy


What is it that makes a person decide to take a different road? When looking down that road what caught their eye, what made them take that first step?  What gave them the motivation to fight the arrows and signs that led down a more used, more traveled path? For me it boiled down to […]

Great Homeschooling Links : July 15, 2011

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Can you believe that July is almost half done already? I can’t!  It seems like this summer just flew by.  By the time that you’re reading this, we will have already started our new school year. How about you? When does your year start? Kidwash : Peanuts are Evil I rarely link to my own […]

Giving Gifted Children What They Need

The next computer genius?

I grew up under the label “Gifted.” I’m not entirely sure how I got there, but I can tell you what the public school offered me did not go much beyond the label.  I was pulled from a few classes to attend sessions where I sat amongst other gifted children as we worked on brain […]

When Printing Is Hard


Does your child struggle with printing? What do you do if you have a gifted child who can mentally work significantly above grade level, but struggles with penmanship? How do you adapt your home learning materials to meet each individual child’s needs? My oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD and then Autism during his kindergarten […]

Picture Plays – A Fun Way to Learn


I can’t take credit for this idea.  It was all my 9 year old daughter’s doing.  But, it’s turned out to be a wonderfully fun educational tool! We gave our daughter an old digital camera on her 8th birthday last year, and from there, it’s been pure creativity!  Picture Plays was born out that creativity. […]

Homeschooling A Dyslexic Child

We all have our ups and downs while homeschooling our kids. It’s normal to get frustrated, tired or even overwhelmed. Homeschooling isn’t easy. When you have a child with a learning disability it can make your task even more difficult. Most of us are not trained to teach special education. We may have various degrees, […]

Why We Began Homeschooling (Tammy’s Story)

Please note: Several of our writers have decided to have one of their first few posts be about why they decided to homeschool. This is the first of those posts. Each one will be different, of course, as each person has their own unique reasoning for homeschooling. So, please know that each time a “Why […]