Category Archives: Learning Ideas

Working on Physical Skills Helps with Reading, Writing, and Learning!

Helping your child develop his/her fine and gross motor skills is critical, yet often overlooked.  It’s not on the end-of-the-year public school standardized test, so there may not be time in school unless a child is labeled as having special needs. Learning to hop, balance, catch, skip, and cut are just a few physical skills […]

Taking it One Day at a Time: Why you may not need to know what you’ll do tomorrow.

Almost all new homeschoolers worry about what they are going to teach their child. Why only yesterday they were deciding to homeschool and today it’s overwhelming since they don’t have their curriculum yet! Eventually, they’ll figure it out. But for now, they are in panic mode. It’s going to be ok. Here’s how it can […]

Feed Me a Story!

Are you feeding your child’s brain? The concept of “brain food” was part of a campaign that was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s “America Reads Challenge” years ago. They had a catchy slogan: Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every Child Become a Reader. One document that was inspired by this reading […]

My Experience with Stealth Schooling

Right in the middle of school-at-home and radical unschooling is an approach that is becoming known as stealth schooling. Goldilocks would probably describe it as “just right!” No school hours, no schoolroom, just learning all the time. It’s conscious on the part of the parent, while the child merrily learns, sometimes oblivious that anything special […]

“Play Anywhere” Games

I love playing children’s games that come with no rules, directions, or a box. Any number can play, and the rules can be flexible. And best of all, you can play in the house, outside, or while passing time when you are waiting somewhere. When I was a child, I knew games were fun. As […]