Category Archives for Tips & Tricks

Why I Sometimes Play Dumb

Sometimes I play dumb with my kids. The other day my daughter asked me if I knew what words she could use to replace “show” in a paper she was writing. Immediately my brain started to churn out ideas — “display” “mirror” “reflect” “exemplify.” But I caught myself before the words left my mouth … […]

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How to Regulate Screen Time

Question: How do you regulate screen time? Answer: Ah … screen time … the big elephant in the room for every homeschool parent. To do it … to not do it … how much is too much? … what about educational stuff? Here’s what we do: 1. Each kid has certain planned learning experiences (some […]

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How to Teach the Countries of the World

Question: How can I teach my kids the countries of the world? Answer: I’ve done a few different things. 1. We put a big map up on the wall. My favorite is the laminated map that Costco sells every fall because it also has flags and a US map comes with it. I’ve seen other […]

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Turning “I can’t!” into “I CAN!”

I once asked my six year old to pick up some food that had fallen on the floor during dinner time. I knew she would be squeamish—it was peas and mashed potatoes, after all—so I offered her a paper towel to protect her fingers from slimy cold food and lots of encouraging words. She still collapsed in […]

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5 Questions to Ask When Your Kids Don’t Want to Learn

It happens to the best of us. One moment, you think everything is fine. The next … tears … defiance … refusal. Your kid does NOT want to do their school work. Their eyes lock with yours, and you realize that this is a battle that you’re not sure you can win. You start to […]

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