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10 Executive Function Tips For Your Toolbox

We all use executive function strategies and skills each day of our lives. In fact, we use these skills many times over, even before we leave the house for school or work.

The minute we open our eyes and glance at the clock, we’re deciding whether we have time to hit the snooze button. Then we choose what clothing is appropriate for the weather. Then we prioritize what to make for breakfast depending on our time restraints. And then, we have to remember what we need to bring along for the day’s activities. Oh, and what about the flexibility we need to deal with the fact that our favourite shirt is still in the laundry!

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Exposing the Unit Study Myths

When someone mentions the word ‘unit study’ do your toes curl? Or do feelings of desire (longing) come flooding your way? Does the very thought of homeschooling with this method seem overwhelming? Or are you intrigued and curious about how to implement unit studies into your homeschool? Continue reading

The Impact of Anxiety in this Season of Life

Anxiety and Covid

It has been 12 anxiety-filled weeks since all of our lives were impacted by a huge shift – schools were shut down, businesses were closed, sports events were cancelled, vacations were disrupted, and we were told to stay home!

A sense of panic settled into the atmosphere. None of us, adults or children, could predict the outcome. Hints of anxiety set in our hearts and souls.

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Potential: Reaching for the Sky and Beyond

This homeschooling blog, “Potential: Reaching for the Sky and Beyond” was recently published in The Canadian Homeschool Minute – a division of The Old School House Magazine. Published July 2, 2019. 

We hold our newborn infant in our arms. With awe and wonder, we marvel at the intricacy of this human being and the miracle of birth. We ponder all that lies ahead for this child; for the moments and days and years that will shape this child. We ask for God’s wisdom as we guide and instruct this little one. We want nothing but the best for this child! We want to do whatever is in our ability and capability to help this child reach his/her potential and beyond.

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‘Twas the Night Before School Starts

School has started, another summer has passed. Labour Day is over and anxiety fills the air. As I listened to mothers last week, I heard and felt their anxiety. Whether her child is homeschooled, attends a school, or is headed off to post-secondary education, she ponders and wonders:

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Can I Really Homeschool a Unique Learner?

This homeschooling blog was recently published in The Canadian Homeschool Minute – a division of The Old School House Magazine. July 25, 2018.

The decision to homeschool isn’t an easy decision. The decision to homeschool your unique learner is even more difficult. The doubts, fears, uncertainties and especially your abilities (or lack thereof) are ever before you. Can I really homeschool this child?

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When Homeschooling Isn’t As Easy as You Thought

This homeschooling blog was recently published in The Canadian Homeschool Minute – a division of The Old School House Magazine. July 4, 2018.

The journey of homeschooling is full of twists and turns, questions and uncertainties, challenges and trials. What do you do when your child learns differently or struggles to learn the concepts that seem so easy for their siblings or their peers? All across the country homeschool moms quietly ponder these thoughts in their heart.

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Why Unit Study is Ideal for the Unique Learner (or Any Learner!)

Homeschool Unity Study

Through most of my 25 homeschooling years, people have known me as The Unit Study Mom. I fell in love with the idea of Unit Studies way back in my Early Childhood Education days and carried this idea of ‘themes’ right into my Homeschooling Days. My memories include exciting units on The Body, Flight, Africa, Canada, and Electricity. It was these topics – hands-on activities, books and projects that shaped our homeschool days. To me, homeschooling without unit studies is like cake without icing or dinner without dessert.

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5 Tips for Choosing Curriculum for your Homeschool

homeschool curriculum hall

Conference season is around the corner! The exhibit hall is full of wonderful curriculum and resources for you to peruse and purchase. But sometimes the choices are overwhelming, especially when we consider the unique needs of each of our children. Somehow, we hope that if we scour through the curriculum exhibits, we will hit the jack pot and choose the very best one.

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