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Veteran Advice for Homeschooling a Child with ADHD

Veteran Advice for Homeschooling a Child with ADHD

By | Homeschool 101

Homeschooling is a challenge all by itself, but homeschooling a neuro-divergent child adds a different layer of challenges altogether. Keep reading for a wealth of practical guidance from a veteran homeschool mom of twenty years and eight children sharing her experience and tips for homeschooling a child with ADHD.

Veteran Advice for Homeschooling a Child with ADHD

A couple of weeks ago I sat down with my good friend Heidi who agreed to be interviewed for this article. Heidi has ADHD herself, and has homeschooled two children with ADHD. One of those children she successfully graduated, and the other is in high school now. Including her twenty years of homeschooling eight children, her veteran homeschooling mom credentials are solid!

After our conversation was over, I told her that I wish I had taken a recording of what she said. I took a solid four pages of notes and having a child with dyslexia only, I still felt like so much of what she said resonated with my experience. So take it from me, whatever learning challenge you are going through, there is something in this article for you.

All content to follow came from this conversation with Heidi.

To Be Diagnosed or Not to be Diagnosed, That Is the Question

Formal diagnosis of neuro-divergence is often frowned upon, especially in homeschool community. No one wants to medicate their child, but there comes a point where the parent has to decide if medication will be worth it if it makes that child’s quality of life better, gives him or her the ability to be independent, and overall helps to build that child’s confidence level.

In Heidi’s experience, one of her children with ADHD didn’t start showing signs of ADHD until about third or fourth grade. She tried everything from diet change to herbal remedies to address the symptoms, but diagnosis and medication was key in addressing the issues they were dealing with in their home and homeschool. She acknowledges that this might not be the case for every family, but it is something that those families who do not find an easy foothold must consider at some point. Just try not to let a fear of modern medicine keep you from doing what is best for your child’s wellbeing.

Getting a Diagnosis for a Child with ADHD

There are a couple of ways to get a diagnosis for your child. You can check with your local public school system, as public schools often offer these services. Heidi chose to go through a private Psychologist for one child and a Neuropsychologist for the other. This might be covered by your insurance, so it is worth checking into.

Heidi shared with me that many children who are diagnosed with ADHD also have some level of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). These issues often overlap. Many people do not like getting SPD therapy for their children because it just looks like “play time.” A parent might think that they can replicate the same environment at home. However, it is a misnomer that what a therapist does in these types of specialized therapies are just play. From her personal experience, consistent work through these therapy sessions did her children a world of good and she highly recommends that others do them too.

The best thing you can do for your child is to educate yourself in every way you can concerning ADHD and any other challenges your child might be dealing with. Heidi highly recommends Russell Barkley and Dr. Daniel Amen for self-education as you aim to help your child.

It Is All About Executive Function Processing Skills

One of the most interesting parts of my conversation with Heidi was when she started talking like the expert she is about training children in executive function processing skills. In her words, “All moms of children with ADHD function as their child’s frontal lobe. We remind them they need to shower or eat lunch, basic life skills. Moms of children with ADHD must train their children in executive function processing, because we cannot be their frontal lobe forever.”

How did Heidi teach her kids better executive function skills? She figured out what method worked for her kids by trying all the methods she could think of. She shared that children with ADHD learn best by focusing on sequential steps for accomplishing tasks. As a parent, you will need to build strategies that work for them. Consider putting sticky notes up on the mirror [or using your Homeschool Planet Online Planner to guide your child through his daily tasks].

Giving your child strategies to accomplish life skills on his own will train your child into independence from you being his “frontal lobe.” This may take trying multiple strategies over his lifetime to find which one your child takes to the best, but it will be worth it. Training your child in executive function processing skills will help your child succeed later in life when he needs to take care of himself and his family.

Sage Advice for Moms Homeschooling a Child with ADHD

Our vision as homeschooling parents is often shaped by public school. Heidi said she heard someone once say that public school is designed to keep thirty kids busy in a chair for eight hours every day. Homeschooling on the other hand is very different.

We have all the flexibility in the world as homeschoolers, and for a parent of a a child that is not neuro-typical, you will need to be utterly flexible in your approach to homeschooling. More than likely, you will need to switch your curriculum many times to find the right fit for your child. You may need to allow your child to talk to text for writing his papers, take sensory breaks to get his mind working again, or offer cheat sheets to help your child succeed in core subjects.

One of the most difficult hurdles for parents of children with ADHD, is the mental exercise it takes to embrace your child for exactly who he or she is. Look for how your child shines, and stop focusing on how he doesn’t measure up. It is OKAY if your child does not learn at the same rate as other children his age or develops emotionally later than his peers. Many children with ADHD are brilliant and creative in their own way and excel in those things in which they take interest. They may not succeed according to typical school standards, but they thrive and shine in other very important areas.

Heidi expressed multiple times during our conversation that parents of children with ADHD need to find more things to praise in their child. Your child is more than likely harder on himself than anyone else. There is no reason to pile onto the guilt and frustration that already exists. It is perfectly OKAY if your child “grabs it” later than what is typical. Learn to celebrate the small steps and you will see your child’s confidence blossom.

Conclusion

Your child may not be neurotypical, but that doesn’t make him or her any less special. Consider the possibility that a diagnosis and medication may help your child in the long run. Give therapies a real consistent shot. Be flexible and relaxed in how you educate your child with ADHD at home, and most of all embrace your child for who he or she is. Learn to celebrate all the small wins as you equip your child in executive functioning skills for lifelong success.

I hope you have enjoyed the sage wisdom that Heidi had to share from her experience as someone with ADHD and a homeschool mom to two children of her eight diagnosed with ADHD.

Let us know in the comments what piece of advice you found most helpful! 

How To Know If Your Child Is Ready To Begin Homeschooling

How To Know If Your Child Is Ready To Begin Homeschooling

By | Homeschool 101

I have a decade of homeschooling under my belt with children in every grade level. I have been asked the question often by future homeschooling moms, “How do I start homeschooling?” My response is always the same. The key to understanding how to begin homeschooling, is to know if your child is ready to begin homeschooling.

There are three primary components to timing both when you begin homeschooling a child and how you choose to have them progress to the next grade level.

  1. Know your state’s homeschooling laws.
  2. Know your child.
  3. Know yourself.

I will expand on these three key principles for beginning and continuing homeschooling your child below.

How To Know If Your Child Is Ready To Begin Homeschooling

Know Your State’s Homeschool Laws

The very first thing you need to know as a parent before beginning your homeschooling journey is your state laws on homeschooling. These must determine when you begin homeschooling your child and often will include which subjects you teach, when you teach them, as well as how many hours you are required to teach per day. I love to share the Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s website with friends because they have an easy to navigate guide on state laws pertaining to homeschooling.

Know Your Child Before Starting Homeschooling

In addition to understanding your state’s laws, you need to strongly consider the age and maturity of your child. Is it is truly the right time to formally begin your homeschool journey? I will grant that there are some children who mature early and are reading and writing by five years old, but this is by no means the majority of children. There is a lot to be said for letting little children be little for longer.

My argument is not that preschool is harmful, but that preschool isn’t ultimately as effective as we think it is. Just take a look at this study from Cambridge and this one from Stanford. There is overwhelming evidence that play time for young children is the best teacher.

These articles are from the world’s most notable institutions and, therefore, are largely based on public education, but you won’t have to go far within the homeschool realm to find this same approach being encouraged in home education. Charlotte Mason, a British educator from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, has this to say about the early years.

“The educational error of our day is that we believe too much in mediators. Now, Nature is her own mediator, undertakes, herself, to find work for eyes and ears, taste and touch; she will prick the brain with problems and the heart with feelings; and the part of mother or teacher in the early years (indeed, all through life) is to sow opportunities, and then to keep in the background, ready with a guiding or restraining hand only when these are badly wanted” (Vol. 1, pp. 192, 193).

Charlotte Mason advocated waiting until the age of six to begin formal education of the child. The early years were meant to be ones of exploration and imagination, a time when fine motor skills could be developed through play. This is also a good time to focus on character training and habit building.

In my own experience, I found that delaying formal reading and math lessons with my own children until the ages of six or even seven saved us a lot of heartache. It meant that my children picked up the information I presented immediately, rather than laboriously drilling math facts and sight words for months on end during the younger years.

Learning through play and life experience is an education unto itself. Teach beginning math skills while cooking together. Learn colors while taking a walk through the woods during the Fall season. Develop a morning time routine and read good books together as a family to inspire your child’s imagination and love of reading. Get messy with finger paints and build with blocks to develop fine motor skills and coordination.

The younger years are not “wasted” if formal lessons are not being taught. Each day is a new opportunity to follow your child on their natural path to learning about the world around them. You are there to answer questions and sow opportunities for them to glean a rich harvest of knowledge at their own pace and in their own time. Facilitate their natural desire to learn, but consider stalling formal lessons until they are developmentally ready to begin.

Know Your Child Before Continuing Homeschooling

In the same way that a homeschool parent needs to consider when their child is developmentally ready to begin homeschooling, it is important to consider your child’s age, maturity, skill sets, and challenges before progressing your child to the next level of learning once you have begun formally educating your child.

As homeschoolers we often think we must stick to the same schedule as the public schools. Most states do not require the homeschool parent to structure their child’s education in this way, and it may not be particularly helpful to your child to progress to the next grade level before he or she is ready to do so.

For instance, I have a dyslexic child who should be formally in seventh grade, but she is working at a sixth grade level due to natural learning challenges she has. We have not run into a single problem with completing her end of year testing required by our state even though she is working an entire year behind her formal grade level. In fact, she always tests above average on these standardized state tests. This is due to the fact that homeschool curricula on average operates at a grade level higher than its public school counterparts.

It is more important that you progress to the next grade level when your child is ready, than it is to keep up with what you perceive to be the standard. It is more important that your child really understand the material, than it is to continue presenting more and more challenging material that will only confuse and frustrate. Laying a foundation for your child that is strong will inspire confidence especially in those who learn differently. Taking this route will also give you as a parent room to breathe if you don’t fully complete a textbook by the end of the year.

Know Yourself

I took this little online quiz years ago from Eclectic Homeschool called “What Kind of Homeschooler Are You?” It isn’t scientific by any means, but much like a personality test, it was helpful in giving me a view inside my personal pedagogical philosophy. My answers to the questions on this quiz have changed over the years as I have developed more clear cut methods.

It is important to know a few things about yourself before you begin homeschooling your children.

  • What is your reason for homeschooling?
  • Do you have a philosophy of education?
  • What is your preferred method of teaching?
  • How do you personally learn best?

The answers to these questions will first keep you homeschooling when the going gets tough, and they will also guide you on your homeschool journey. You may not be able to answer some of these questions until you have some experience under your belt, and your answers probably will change a little over the years. However, being more self-aware can be helpful when homeschooling your child.

What happens if your method of teaching or learning clashes with one of your student’s learning styles? This happened to me. I have one child who is very Type A, and I am not. It was important for me to learn to meet her where she was at. On the other hand, she has had to learn a lot of patience with me. It has been a process of compromise and growing in our relationship together. She had to be come more flexible, and I had to learn how to offer her the structure she craved.

Assessing your child’s abilities and challenges, as well as your own preferences and expectations is extremely important before beginning or continuing your child’s home education. Definitely align your homeschool schedule with your state’s homeschool laws, but consider your child as a whole person and meet him where he is at. Don’t pressure your child to begin or move on just because you fear not keeping up with a perceived cultural standard. Allow your child to move at the pace for which he is developmentally ready. You both will be happier for it and more confident in the outcome.

How to Navigate Homeschooling a Large Family

How to Navigate Homeschooling a Large Family

By | Homeschool 101

The number one question that I get asked as a mom homeschooling a large family is “How do you do it all?” With my gaggle of seven kids in tow, ranging from ages two to fourteen years, my response is always, “I don’t!”

Large family moms don’t have to “do it all” because there are methods to our madness. Whether it is home life or homeschool, large families learn to treasure the benefits and blessings that come with having so many children (often so close together), and these families also learn to navigate the challenges that are guaranteed to crop up.

One of my all time favorite memes is the one that says, “I don’t have ducks or a row. I have squirrels and they’re everywhere!” That meme is funny because it’s true. The reality is that large families come in all styles. Some large families run a tight ship and others, like mine, have organized chaos. Both of these methods work, but sometimes those in the latter category need a little dose of structure, and those in the former category need a little dose of flexibility to make things work.

How to Navigate Homeschooling a Large Family

The Benefits of Large Family Homeschooling

If you have been a large family mom for long, I probably don’t need to convince you of the many benefits that come with large family learning. Socialization, which has somehow become the cornerstone of education in our society, is not a problem for large families. Socialization in a large family homeschool setting happens organically, without force. Older kids learn how to care for and share with those younger than them. Younger children learn to pivot from the older siblings so that mom is not “spread too thin” when teaching so many students. Tasks like household chores and cooking can be shared among those of the appropriate age.

The old adage “many hands make light work” comes to mind. Mom can appear like she is getting it “all” done, but really she becomes very skilled in training and delegating while managing her own list of responsibilities.

The reality is that we know this is what large family living could look like, but we often don’t know where to start or restart if we have cultivated bad habits over the years. I would like to share with you below some of the tips I have garnered over the years through my own experience in this arena.

Let Them Be Little

Whenever a young homeschooling mom asks me for one piece of advice, I tell them to skip preschool and wait until their child is six or seven to begin formal lessons altogether.

My first child I did preschool with and she turned out great, so my argument is not that it is harmful. My argument is that it isn’t ultimately effective in the ways we think it will be, and in addition to that, it drains a mom of the vital energy she needs for the children who do need formal lessons.

Before you check out over such a preposterous notion, take a look at this study from Cambridge and this one from Stanford. There is overwhelming evidence that play time for young children is the best teacher.

I have shared studies from some of the world’s most notable institutions which are largely based on public education, but you won’t have to go far within the homeschool realm to find this same approach being encouraged in home education. Charlotte Mason, a British educator from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, has this to say about the early years.

“To form in his child right habits of thinking and behaving is a parent’s chief duty… To nourish a child daily with loving, right, and noble ideas we believe to be the parent’s next duty.” Charlotte Mason, Vol. 2, p. 228

“In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air.” Charlotte Mason, Vol. 1, p. 4

Let your little children be little for longer. Their education will not be delayed because you delayed formal lessons. Instead, when you do start formal lessons at the age of six or seven, your child will be able to soak up the information quickly, as opposed to what would have taken weeks when he was younger. Your child may also develop a stronger confidence in his abilities because he will have immediate success in remembering basic addition and letters at a later age, instead of drilling facts and laboring over letters at an age before he has developed even fine motor skills.

Taking on this approach to homeschooling my large family, has removed so many years of unnecessary burden. My littles play together during the time that my older children are receiving formal lessons from me.

Develop a Morning Time Routine

Morning time, also referred to as circle time or morning basket, is a part of the family’s routine that brings everyone together in the morning. This is not a time for lecturing, but a time for the entire family to start their day off right together. When my children were little, I would do morning time around the table while they were busy eating and sitting in their seats. As my children have grown older, we have migrated to the living room where we lounge and do our daily read-alouds. It is also a great time for poetry, song, and memorization work.

Morning time is the perfect time to delegate the day’s tasks. School work, chores, meals, appointments, etc. can be covered so that everyone is on the same page about that day’s priorities before breaking to their own corners of the home.

Developing a morning time routine in our home has been vital to keeping our large family synced together. We stopped doing it for a while due to life getting busy, and my children begged me to begin again. In the same way that eating dinner around the family dinner table gives a sense of tradition and togetherness, a morning time routine brings the family together for a moment of sweet togetherness before the chaos of the day’s schedule ensues.

Integrated Learning for Family Learning

There are so many types of homeschooling curriculum on the market. Some families choose to do all their school online and others choose to do all workbook based schooling. Neither of these were for my family. I wanted to read with my kids, learn with them, but I did not want the stress of doing it all myself. Then there is the question of how do you do that with so many kids at different grade levels?

Integrated learning using the classical method with a dash of Charlotte Mason was the eclectic solution for my family. Integrated learning is another term for “unit studies.” The unit study method immerses the student in a particular topic by using several subjects taught together. The child then approaches that topic from a number of different perspectives and really gets to know it in a far more intimate way that other methods just don’t provide. Of course, some topics will not interest a child, so he will fly through those more quickly, but there will be those that capture his imagination and really spark a passion to learn more.

A curriculum that provides an integrated learning style and follows a classical method of teaching at the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric levels allows the homeschool mom to read much of the material to the family as a whole. The younger kids can learn alongside their older siblings, and they can do many of the activities and projects together. This kind of curriculum will break down age-appropriate literature for each of the grade levels for more in-depth, independent reading or teaching. In my experience this idea of learning together has once again lightened my burden over the years so that I am not teaching each child individually, but all my children as a whole. It spurs many a conversation around the dinner table because my children all know what their siblings are learning.

There are a few integrated learning style curricula on the market, but our family’s choice is Tapestry of Grace. You can find Tapestry of Grace Lesson Plans in Homeschool Planet’s Marketplace to make your homeschool planning a breeze!

Large Family Schedules

I was the type of homeschool mom who rebelled for years against planning anything including my homeschool. I like to be one of those spontaneous parents. We purposefully do year-round homeschooling for this reason. I realized, however, as we added more students to our homeschool roster and one of those students moved up to high school that my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach to homeschooling would not continue working for us.

The reality is that when there are more people involved, even those who do not like structure need to adopt a little structure into their lives. In my case, Homeschool Planet is the perfect planner for my “Type B” personality. It is easy to fill in with assignments and chores using my favorite feature – the assignment generator. My children have their own login where they can see what I expect of them and can check off when they have completed the required tasks. For all those days that I forget to lesson plan or just don’t feel like it, I go in and back date it with what was accomplished.

Homeschool Planet offers this large family mom the perfect guilt free solution to her rebellion against structure. Homeschool Planet also assists this large family mom in structuring her planner with all the pre-made lesson plans offered for popular curricula publishers in the Homeschool Planet Marketplace.

If you haven’t already, you should try Homeschool Planet’s 30-day free trial with a free lesson plan!

Find Your Own Groove

Navigating homeschooling a large family comes with its own challenges, but the benefits far outweigh any negatives. In the end, each large family has to find its own groove. What works for our family, may not work for your family, but I do recommend that if you are feeling like something needs to change for you to find some sanity, consider adopting one or a few of these methods to bring the family together. Whenever I am struggling with feeling overwhelmed or the kids just don’t seem to be getting along, bringing the family together for conversation, food, games, or even learning always seems to help us reset, refresh, and begin again.

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Why Integrate An Education?

By | Homeschool 101

What Is Integrated Learning?

You may have heard the term “integrated studies,” sometime used interchangeably with “unit studies,” and wondered for what that was all about. Interestingly, the Latin root of “integrated” is “integer,” a word for that might ring faint mathematical bells in your brain. The word means
unity, wholeness, and completeness—traits that many of us long to see in our country right now. “To integrate” is to make up a unity out of different parts, perhaps especially in the sense of bringing outsiders to the inside and making them part of the whole.

Why Integrate an Education

In the world of homeschooling, “integrated” or “unit” studies refers to the use of several subjects to achieve a whole immersion into learning. I once asked my mother, who enthusiastically immersed six children in integrated studies, “What made you do it?”

“I did it because it made the most sense to me,” she explained. “I think that is how people learn, and how they fix information in their minds: by integration.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, take Egypt. You could simply read about it in a history book, couldn’t you?”

I admitted that I could.

“And you could fly over it, which would give you some idea of its geography.”

This, also, I could do.

“But those things would only give you a certain amount of understanding, right? That’s why it isn’t enough for us to read about our favorite places: we want to travel to see them before we die.”

“That’s true…”

“Now, imagine visiting Egypt. Think of standing at Giza in front of the Great Pyramid, the only remaining Great Wonder of the Ancient World. Suppose you are eating Egyptian food, listening to Egyptian music, and reading Egyptian poetry. Imagine feeling the wind across the desert and speaking with people whose ancestors have lived back for thousands of years in that land.”

“Wow,” I breathed.

“There you are,” said my mother. “We were given five senses for a reason. When we approach a thing from many different angles, we deepen our knowledge. We reason better—make better opinions and decisions—because we understand better. For Christians, this also means that we can share the Gospel better.”

Immersion by Integrated Learning

Thus, growing up, my studies were integrated. When we approached a new unit, my mother would pick a historical topic and explore it from every angle. I learned to make Egyptian palace bread—which I recommend only for the sweetest tooth!—and many-colored beaded collars. My little brother and I reenacted “The Tale of the Wicked Hemti” (more elegantly titled The Eloquent Peasant in some Egyptian literature anthologies). I learned the meaning of Ankh (“life”) and Ma’at (“truth”). I tried to listen to Egyptian music, and I pretended to be a corpse so that my little sisters might mummify me in layers of toilet paper. I covered sheets of butcher block paper with imitation tomb paintings. I was astonished by a poem called, “I think I’ll go home and lie very still,” which showed me the playful side of people who have been dead for thousands of years. Out of many parts, a whole experience came together in my fourteen-year-old mind. Even now, twenty four-years later, I remember it so vividly. I was immersed.

Now, like my mother and many another educator before her, I have found that integrated studies “make the most sense to me” as a teacher. “Integration helps to fix knowledge firmly in the mind,” said my mother. I have found it so, and I now draw on that knowledge to help my
students experience other points of view and arrive at a deeper, more complex understanding. Together, we walk an extra mile in the shoes of ghosts, or stand on Boo Radley’s front porch, or carefully handle the fine wires of fear and hope that bind together all this human family.

By immersion, we learn to weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice. We learn not to despise those who came before us, but rather to try the wisdom of the ages, keeping that which is good. We learn to see one another—more often than not, the seeing leads to knowing and to loving.

Integrated Education Made More Approachable

Integration often involves extra work, or at least an extra degree of ingenuity. My mother is a little unusual in that she wrote down her plan of integration for her children. It took her twenty years and several thousand pages to show how twelve grades of education in history, literature, geography, writing, worldview, politics, fine arts, and philosophy, might all be integrated together as unit studies. Because of her efforts, I can immerse my own students more easily, and I am grateful! Now, I work to continue her project, hoping to add mathematics, sciences, and economics to the integrated tapestry made up of many threads that she and my father handed to me. When it is finished, I hope it will make up an “integrity”: a wholeness that helps my students to see other humans, to love them, and to share the love of God with them.

Integrated studies offer us a potential wealth of understanding, but they require a little extra work, extra ingenuity, and extra planning. Fortunately, Homeschool Planet’s software can now lighten that load in ways my mother never dreamed of when she first began to write her Tapestry of Grace. I hope the new planners for our curriculum will make it easier than ever to offer your students this precious gift that my mother gave me: an integrated education.

Add Tapestry of Grace Lesson Plans to Your Homeschool Planet Planner

If you are interested in learning more about the Tapestry of Grace curriculum or adding the Tapestry of Grace Lesson Plans to your Homeschool Planet Online Planner, click here to visit the Homeschool Planet Marketplace. There you will find Tapestry of Grace lesson plans are available for all learning levels bundled for your choice of Integrated, Full Racks, or Spools. Integrate your child’s education today with Tapestry of Grace!

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Meet Special Guest Author: Christina Somerville

Christina SomervilleHome-educated through high school by Scott and Marcia Somerville, Christina earned a BA in Literature from Patrick Henry College in 2007. Upon graduation, Christina returned to Lampstand as an author, writing a Great Books Literature program for high school students, the beginning of a Literature program for junior high students, and two textbooks. During this time, Christina also edited Marcia’s Love the Journey, contributed to Writing Aids and Evaluations, taught for Tapestry University and Lampstand Learning Center (now Lucerna Academy), and helped to design the Advisor program as the first Advisor Liaison. In 2016, having completed a “first career” as a curriculum designer, Christina left Lampstand Press to embark on a “second career” as a teacher. The next four years broadened her knowledge of education beyond homeschooling as she taught secular international, public school, SAT prep school, AP, and private school students, while also continuing to teach at various times for Christian homeschool co-ops, Christian private students, and The Potter’s School. As 2019 ended, Michael Somerville decided to move on from his role as Lampstand’s President, so Christina transitioned part-time to a “third career” as the owner of Lampstand Press. (She also continues to teach because she can’t help herself.)

5 Tips for Homeschool Record Keeping

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Are you left with a stack of unsorted papers at the end of the year? Like many moms, I had to fumble my way through a year’s worth of tests, quizzes and reports, in order to comprise final grade cards and eventually transcripts. In the beginning of my homeschool life, I didn’t want to throw anything away, but I didn’t know hot to go about record keeping.

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4 Tips for Homeschooling Students With ADHD

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Homeschooling students with ADHD is challenging, but as a mom who has graduated two of these amazing human beings from her homeschool, Melissa can tell you that every struggle is worth it. A special welcome to Dr. Melissa Felkins as our guest writer today.

4 Tips for Homeschooling Students with ADHD

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Homeschool Tips When Mom Needs a Sick Day

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Homeschool moms are used to balancing math quizzes, making dinner, and taking a sick child’s temperature. Chaotic days are simply a part of the homeschool life. Homeschool moms play janitor, cafeteria lady, and teacher. So what happens when it’s mom who needs a sick day? Here are some tips to help moms recover and rest while learning still goes on. Read More