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

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

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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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Laziness, Late Bloomer, or Learning Disability?

Laziness, Late Bloomer, or Learning Disability workshop

Laziness, Late Bloomer, or Learning Disability?

This is the question!

As parents, this question churns around in our mind over and over again. As we watch our child interact with others, work at their addition and multiplication facts, and attempt to sound out words in their favourite books. And so you wonder, “Why is this so hard for them?”

We know that our child has the ability, we see their zest for life, and we see the excitement on their face when they learn something new. But, when we present them with a workbook, the tears start to flow and arguments ensue.

We worry and we wonder…will our child ever catch up to their peers? Is it true that they will thrive once they’re ready?

Is my child just lazy?

Laziness – “the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy; idleness” (Oxford Dictionary)

Will they catch up eventually?

Late Bloomer – “a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual.” (Wikipedia)

Do they have an actual learning disability?

Learning Disability – “refers to disorders that affect the acquisition, retention, understanding, organization or use of verbal and/or non-verbal information.” (ldao, 2001)

The process of learning affects how a person:

  • Takes in information – Perceiving information through senses,
  • Stores information – Processing and remembering information, and
  • Uses information – Expressing information verbally or in writing.

It can look like laziness. It can look like a late bloomer, but perhaps there is a learning difference in the way your child takes in, stores or uses information.

In the following snippet from one of her workshops, Diane shares from her own personal experience as well as from the perspective of a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist.

Most importantly, Diane encourages parents and teachers that there is hope and help for their child that learns differently!

Here is a snippet:

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Creating Experiential Learning Opportunities

It has been widely established that we learn best through experiential learning! As we involve more of our senses, more learning can take place. Learning promotes more learning. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experiences and then reflecting on them. As parents and educators, we have the incredible opportunity to provide powerful experiential learning experiences for our children.

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What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

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What will YOU be when you grow up?  I remember adults posing this question to me as a child. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” What does one answer? Is growing up a state of being? Do you arrive after you’ve achieved your goal? Is there a formula to ‘success’, whatever that might be? As a mother, is growing up a reflection of my career or is it an end result of parenting? Continue reading