I was amazed today. My teen finished all of her online high school coursework by 11am. Yesterday she finished by 2pm.
I’m so jealous. I would have loved to be able to do that when I was in high school, but online schools didn’t exist back then.
That’s okay. I’ll let go of my jealousy and move on.
The reason my daughter is getting done so early is because of a new system she is trying. I think it will work out well this semester. Want to know what it is? Continue reading
Do you have a child that struggles with focus issues?
I mean one that may have been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD?
I personally don’t like to use labels like ADHD. It can create negative connotations. These kids are too valuable for that. In fact, I think that they are a gift just the way they are. They tend to have gobs of energy. (Wish I had that) They are dynamic and fun. They do things totally spontaneously. They’re beautiful.
On the flip side, they do have their challenges. They have their vices to work on just like the rest of us. The rest of us just haven’t been diagnosed.
These little butterflies need to work hard on self-control. While it may be difficult for them, it is possible.
So what is the best road for teaching and parenting these little balls of fire? Continue reading
Praise is a treasure to any home learning environment.
I was reminded of that recently by a mother in a Facebook group. Here’s what she said:
“I think sometimes I forget since I am teaching the girls at home that they need pats on the back.” — Tracie C.
What incredible wisdom.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been guilty of forgetting to give my kids a pat on the back.
I think as parents we tend to be so concerned about our children’s bad behaviors that we forget to look for the good behaviors. Tracie’s quote is a gentle reminder for us to look less at the bad and look more for the good.
Here’s more about the power of praise and how to use it effectively in your online learning home. Continue reading
As you know, the internet is chock-full of fun sites that help kids learn. There are so many sites out there that it can seem overwhelming at times. That’s why I decided to go on a hunt for some of the best free online resources for kids.
It took a couple of days for me to narrow down my choices and find the right sites. I looked for sites in a variety of school subjects including math, science and music. Some subjects, like math, had a ton of options. Others, like Phy. Ed., didn’t have as much for kids. But I kept on my expedition of the web until I found what I wanted. Now I’m going to share it with you.
Here they are, the best free online resources for your kids by subject. Continue reading
Remember the last time you learned something new? It could have been crocheting or cooking some new fancy dish or using a digital planner like Cozi or Google Calendar. Do you remember how awkward you felt at first? I bet it was uncomfortable. Now do you remember what you had to do to get good at that skill? Let me take a guess. I bet you had to practice, right?
We sometimes groan about practicing a new skill daily. We often hear our children complain about it too. But practice is one of the essential tools of learning. Here are some why’s and how’s to practicing. Continue reading