Why I Still Read Aloud To My Tweens and Teens

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Once my children hit their teen and tween years, there was no reason to stop reading aloud to them even though it was a little trickier to schedule. After all, reading aloud has always been an important part of our homeschool family culture.     The Undeniable Value Of Reading Aloud From the time our babies are born, we are constantly reminded how important it is to read to them. We buy board books and picture books and we spend time every day reading to our little ones. We know that reading aloud to our children offers so many benefits. Reading aloud increases their vocabulary....

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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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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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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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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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When A Child’s Anxiety Looks Like Anger

When Anxiety Looks Like Anger -- Helping Kids Identify Emotions

"I don't know!" He was clenching his fists, shaking with rage. His brows were furrowed, his face was red, his whole body sent off one message - he was angry. Yet again. However, he could not tell me WHY.     My son had been struggling with controlling his temper for years. No therapy techniques, special topic books, breathing exercises, diets, oils, or punishments had worked to quell this fountain of rage that seemed to overflow without notice. He was combustible, unpredictable. "Try to help head off the explosion before he reaches his boiling point," I heard most...

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Practical Strategies For Helping Anxious Kids

Practical Strategies For Helping Anxious Kids

This is the final episode in our series, all about anxiety. Today we're going to talk about strategies and tools we can use to help our children cope. These are practical takeaways we can use to help our kids manage their anxiety.   We want our kids to know that there's nothing wrong with them. They're not broken. They're not bad. Their brains are just wired in a different way. It's Not Your Fault and You Are Not Alone Something that can help our children is to make sure they know that they're not alone. They're not broken, they're not wrong, or bad because they worry so much. It can...

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Learning Strategies for Reluctant Gifted Children

Learning Strategies for Reluctant Gifted Kiddos

It's Monday morning and the week is already going sideways. The oldest has told me that he absolutely cannot do the work that we've chosen (together) for him, and the next oldest is avoiding her math like the plague. The twice-exceptional struggling reader is melting down because, well, books, and my youngest is taking advantage of everyone's distraction and wreaking complete and utter havoc.     I have gifted kids -- so why aren't they just working? Don't gifted kids love to do their work? Well... not always. Learning strategies for gifted kids are sometimes different than...

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Anxiety and Learning: What You Need To Know

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This continues our series, all about anxiety and atypical children. Today, we are talking specifically about the impact of anxiety on learning.      Anxious kids are anxious kids all aspects of their lives, including learning.  When it comes to work, homeschool, traditional school, private school, and anxiety, it can be hard to determine what we are actually dealing with.  Are we dealing with the anxiety? Are we dealing with school and all of the expectations? Or, is it the internal pressure that our kids put on themselves? The answer truly is yes, it could be all...

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Anxiety In Children: Physical, Emotional, and Behavioral Symptoms

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This continues our new series, all about homeschooling a child with anxiety. Today, we discuss the physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of anxiety in our children, as well as how we can help.       Last week, we talked about the difference between stress, anxiety, and perfectionism, how they all feed into each other, and what we can do to recognize which one we're dealing with in our children, or even ourselves.  Today, we're going to focus on the various symptoms you may be noticing in your child. The Emotional Symptoms Of Anxiety in Children Let's begin...

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