How Homeschoolers Must Prepare for the New SAT The College Board is launching new and redesigned exams in fall 2015 and spring 2016. The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the new PSAT™ 8/9—for eighth- and ninth-graders--will launch in October 2015. The new PSAT™ 10—for 10th-graders—will launch in February 2016 and the redesigned SAT in March. These exams … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About the New SAT
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. A picture is worth a thousand words, but imagine its value when it also includes corresponding text that not only describes, but engages children and educates adults. In Fine Motor ABC from Skill Builder Books, the photos and text come … [Read more...] about Developing Children’s Fine Motor Skills
Guest writer Jenny Herman joins us today with a wonderful way to make language arts fun for any age child with a library scavenger hunt. I love finding ways to make learning fun and practical. One thing I like to incorporate into my homeschool is scavenger hunts. Last year, I came up with the idea of a library scavenger hunt. What better way … [Read more...] about Make Language Arts Fun with a Library Scavenger Hunt!
Guest writer and homeschool expert Lea Ann Garfias joins us today to explain the importance of understanding our child's learning style. I spent quite a bit of my early homeschool years completely ignoring my students’ learning style. I didn’t realize how much I was missing out! By not respecting each child’s individuality in learning and … [Read more...] about 5 Things My Child’s Learning Style Will Teach Me
Are You a Homeschool Planner Drop Out? Even before I was a homeschool mom I’ve loved planners. Well, I mean I’ve loved the idea of planners. I have purchased big ones and little ones, all beautifully inspiring in their own way. Unfortunately, that’s about where I stop. I’ve had a few successful months of planning, but overall, I’m a planning … [Read more...] about 3 Perfect Planning Tools for Homeschool Planner Drop Outs
The Importance of Teaching Teens Better Communication This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Why would teens need to worry about communication skills? I spent nine months meeting with teens to get their input for the book Smile and Succeed for Teens, which is why teens are reading it and loving it (really!). It’s short … [Read more...] about Communication Skills for Teens
How to Train an Organized Child Have you ever picked up a “to-be-assembled” product at the store, gotten home, pulled out the directions, started reading, and said, “If only I could see someone assembling it I would understand what they mean by . . .” With YouTube and internet videos at our fingertips we can! I cannot tell you how many times … [Read more...] about Modeling Your Way To An Organized Child
Schoolwork is not always fun for kids. In fact, it is probably the last thing that they want to be doing when they get home from a tough day at school, especially when it comes to math. Many young children struggle with math, and solving multiplication problems can be difficult; however, the sooner that kids learn that math can be fun, the quicker … [Read more...] about Fun Ways To Get Your Kids Excited For Math
Day 1 on set Like the title says--today was day one on the set of my first real short film. (We're actually using a script this time!) Above: Our only set photo I decided to write something that I could film and only cast family members. Thus was born "Disposing Dwight," a comedy/thriller about four kids who (accidentally) murder their … [Read more...] about So, my teen is filming a movie . . .