Spooky Unit Studies For October Interest-Led Learning

Spooky Unit Studies For October Interest-Led Learning

I remember the year October tried to kill me: over-the-top excitement, hyped up intensity, and nonstop energy. The frenzied anticipation leading up to Halloween means that homeschooling can be challenging. Add in three birthdays within a span of 14 days and my kids tend to be rather unfocused. At my wits’ end I decided to try something different a few years ago in the hopes that October and I could be friends again.     My children are highly creative and love channeling that creativity through art and making things. Create Your Own Halloween Costume So I gave them a challenge...

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Finding Community For Your Atypical Child (and yourself!)

Finding Community For Your Atypical Child

Our series, 10 Strategies to Help Your Atypical Children Thrive, continues with today's topic: the importance of finding community for our children and ourselves.  Colleen discusses the very real impact finding our tribe has on our homeschools and our families.      Parents Need Support Too When we talk about the value of creating community, it’s not just for our kids. It’s not just for us. It’s for the entire family. You care more than anybody else could ever care about your own children. You work so hard to get it right. It’s really difficult and sometimes it’s...

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Helping Our Children: The Lies Anxiety Tells Us

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I've written quite a bit about anxiety, and to be honest, I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. It's a topic that's very close to my (rapidly beating) heart and very present in my home.     I am an anxious parent of an anxious child. I face anxiety every single day of my life in one form or another, be it my own or my kiddo's. While my knowledge and familiarity can't make it just go away, my experience has given me plenty of insight into how anxiety works - how it creeps, how it sneaks, how it attacks, how it talks, how it convinces, how it distracts, and how it lies. Anxiety...

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The Importance Of Connection For Your Atypical Child

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The value of connecting with your atypical child cannot be overstated. There are benefits for your homeschool learning, but more importantly, connection lays the groundwork for lifelong stability and success.      You want a successful homeschool. You want to feel good about your time with your kids. You want to feel like you are giving them what they need and that you are doing the absolute best for them. There is no better way to give your kiddos exactly what they need than intentionally connecting with them on a regular basis. Building a strong relationship with your...

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Helping Our Kids Understand Themselves

Our series, 10 Strategies to Help Your Atypical Children Thrive, continues with today's topic: Helping Our Kids Understand Themselves. Colleen discusses the value of self knowledge and acceptance for our kids, as well as how we can help them along the way.    "Discovering Self" And Our Children One of the most important things we can do for our differently wired kids is help them understand who they are and how their brains are wired. I am asked all the time, "Should I label my child?" Or, "What if I don't want them to be trapped in these labels for their whole lives?"  ...

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Showing Up In Our Homeschools

Showing Up In Our Homeschools

This is part of our new series, 10 Strategies to Help Your Atypical Children Thrive. Today, our topic is all about the value of showing up in our homeschools and being present in the moment for whatever that moment calls for.  My goal is to share small and actionable strategies and tips to make little tweaks for the better in your homeschool. Over the course of the last few weeks, I have shared the first three of ten strategies for helping your atypical child thrive. Today, I want to talk about showing up and being present in the moment in your homeschool, whatever that moment is and...

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Creating An Animal Unit Study For Your Homeschool: A Step By Step Guide

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Have you ever thought about using art to lure your kids into meaningful learning across subjects? Art enticed my boys into happily agreeing to write an informational essay on animals. This led to an entire unit study in our homeschool. By the time we finished this animal unit study, their project included not only art techniques, but scientific questioning and research, note-taking, the writing process from start to finish and layout and design. They also stretched in areas such as perseverance, problem-solving, and hard work. All because they were enamored with the art of Steve Jenkins,...

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Homeschooling Atypical Children: Opening Ourselves Up To New Possibilities

Homeschooling Atypical Children: Opening Ourselves Up To New Possibilities

This is part of our new series, 10 Things You Can Do To Help Your Atypical Child Thrive. Today, Colleen discusses importance of eliminating our fears in order to open ourselves up to new possibilities for our children.  We continue our series today with another strategy and mindset shift for helping you have an amazing homeschool year. You have atypical children. You have neurodiverse kids. They are gifted. They are twice exceptional. They have anxiety, perfectionism, or sensory processing disorder. They are on the autism spectrum. They have a mix of neurodiversity. I am right...

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When You Just Aren’t Comfortable Getting Help for Your Child

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I love talking with parents of gifted and twice-exceptional kiddos. Apart from the comradery and the peace that comes with knowing you're not alone in this often-difficult journey, it's so uplifting to encourage them, hug them, to be there when the lightbulb goes off as you explain why their child behaves they way they do. The relief that washes over a mom when she realizes that her child is wired to act a certain way and that it is not a reflection of her parenting - whew, that just fills my bucket right up. The tears stream and the shoulders relax, we all want to shout YES! from the...

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Leaning In: Embracing The Reality Of Parenting An Atypical Child

Leaning in

This is part of our new series, 10 Things You Can Do To Help Your Atypical Child Thrive. Today, Colleen discusses the value of leaning in and embracing the child we have in front of us, as a way for the entire family to thrive.     You have amazing kids.  While it may not always be easy (in fact, often times it won't!) when we can embrace the good, our families can do fantastic things together. Last week we talked about letting go -  educationally parentally, nutritionally, socially, and personally. This week, we're going to talk about the next step, and...

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