Writing instruction does not have to occur during a single isolated time in your homeschool day. It can occur throughout your day by embedding writing instruction into your other lessons. This helps children to apply their writing skills in practical contexts while rei...

Natural-born writers seem to pick up the individual skills required to become a good writer with ease and with minimal help from others. Most children require explicit instruction in writing skills though. So how do you provide explicit writing instruction? 

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Some children are born writers. They enjoy it. They’re good at it. They are creative and imaginative. Other children are good writers and storytellers but they don’t enjoy the process. Still others struggle to write at all. 

There is no shortage of writing curricula ava...

Like many parents, I first taught my children to count using tangible items. We would count stuffed animals, balloons, balls, and any other toys that happened to be nearby. We do this with young children without really thinking much about it.  

As children start learnin...

ADHD is a disorder characterized by difficulties in paying attention to specific items that require directed attention, hyperactivity, distractibility, excessive daydreaming, and an overall lack of focus. Many people don’t realize that there are actually three types of...

ADHD has become a disorder that almost every parent in the US has heard a lot about today. Some people dismiss ADHD as simply a newfound name for an old issue, hyper kids. Other people argue that it is a real disorder that has become more and more common. The truth is...

Let’s be honest. We all have behaviors that we’d like to change or encourage in ourselves as well as in our children (and probably our spouses, too!). Changing behavior is tough though. Just look at the number of New Year’s Resolutions that are dropped within a few wee...

I vividly remember my 10th grade math class. I’d always done well in math and found it quite easy. Then I moved to another district with different standards and different testing methods. Suddenly, I found myself behind and struggling to get a good grade. Then the day...

In the public schools, being Gifted means something very specific. It relates primarily to a child’s IQ score obtained from a nationally-normed standardized test and a child’s demonstrated academic ability. Children in public school Gifted programs are your stereotypic...

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