Students can seem “lazy, sloppy, unmotivated” while having an undiagnosed Dysgraphia or blocked writing gate. Many times it isn’t identified until a child is a teenager and not turning in written work! The most common gate that is blocked with gifted kids. He knows so much but just can’t get his thoughts down in writing because this “head to hand” process takes too much energy….a blocked learning gate.
This student has not internalized directionality and does not have a well-defined sense of space. A powerful simple daily exercise develops this important skill and takes the stress out of the writing system, by sending this process to the Automatic Brain Hemisphere. Affects sports too …coaches report improved performance on the court or field.
Do you have a strong-willed child? You’ll love these quick, practical ways to bring out the best in a strong-willed child of ANY age!
What does homeschooling look like when your family is busy with ministry projects, work, or just life? In this episode, Jessica interviews Alyssa Bethke about what homeschooling in Hawaii has looked like for their family as they lead several ministries and also write books. Alyssa offers encouragement for overwhelmed moms and reminds us of the many benefits of homeschooling, even when family life is full!
While we may not have had 20/20 vision going into this year, I’ve found that hindsight really is 20/20. In today’s show, I am sharing three lessons I learned and Bible stories to flesh those lessons out! Let’s take the lessons we learned in 2020 with us into 2021!
Sometimes learning seems harder than it should be. Both parent and student can feel frustrated, not knowing what to do. Join Kathy Kuhl and me as we talk about reading, writing, and learning, and ways you can help students who struggle.
Today we are talking with the author of Screen Kids, Arlene Pellicane, about the boundaries we can set around our children’s devices (and our own.)
Step away from the Yuletide unit studies! Put down the glitter and the glue guns. You can’t add “making merry” to a homeschool transcript. Why try? One of the best things about homeschooling for the holidays is...you don’t have to! But if you insist, listen in for my Christmas tips for seasonal sanity, and ways to to get the kids involved without ending up as nutty as a fruitcake.
One of the most puzzling situations a mother finds herself in is when she has a child who can read the words in a book but cannot answer the questions or tell her what has just been read. These moms frequently hear the phrase, “I don’t remember,” when queried about the reading material.
When working with bright, hardworking 4th through 8th graders in my reading class, I realized that these students were not proficient at converting the words they were reading into a “movie” in their head, as the rest of us do when we read. They were merely doing “word calling” much of the time. I found that “movie making” was a skill that could be developed in them, using an easy fifteen-minute a day exercise. This exercise did not involve paper or pencil, but only the use of their brain. “Word calling” is a left-brain auditory task, while creating a picture or movie of those words is the responsibility of the right brain hemisphere. I merely showed them how to create a seamless flow of words to pictures as they were reading. You can do this at home, very easily.
In this episode, Jessica chats with her sister, Julie, about making memories over the holidays. They cover food traditions, entertaining, Advent traditions, and centering your holiday around Jesus.
Middle Schoolers reveal their thoughts, feelings, and fears--and it may not be what you expect!
In this relaxed episode, Brian Wasko and Janice Campbell discuss reading, the art of teaching writing, and what English majors really do. Hint: It isn’t about being a pickier grammar snob! You’ll hear about some of their favorite books, whether education is a means or an end, and get good advice on how to evaluate your student’s writing.
Wendy Speake often talks with us about our various Homeschool Triggers, but today she’s asking us this hard question: What do you turn to to help you deal with those Triggers on your hardest homeschool days? Tune in for a convincing conversation that ends with an exciting invitation!
The 2020 election infection... Is it over yet? We might want to be oblivious to the political turmoil outside our blanket forts but homeschooling and elections have connections and consequences. Just like no candidate in any election is perfect, no educational choice is perfect. Yet whichever we say yes to, we should still be saying yes to God's plan, not popular opinion. Choosing what is right is not always easy or with the "in crowd", but then again neither is homeschooling. Join me for some hifalutin and earnest thoughts on civic responsibility and how it relates to homeschooling.
Are working with a bright, hard-working learner who feels “dumb”? Change the evidence by changing the way he learns. Here are some strategies that I used in my resource room and consultation practice to prove to students how smart they really are. The students that use these “zany” memory strategies find they have great success in school and take these skills with them to college.
How to recognize and celebrate the transition from childhood to adolescence--and still keep your sanity!
Elizabeth Kidd offers her humor and practical tips on what supplies are absolutely essential, best curriculum for kindergarten, and how a child with Down’s Syndrome has been a gift to their family.
Although we are surrounded by messages that imply that college is the best choice for everyone, that isn’t always true. Some kids and families have the kinds of gifts and talents that make a skilled trade or entrepreneurship a much better option. Join us today to hear about Cindy LaJoy’s experience in homeschooling a blue-collar family.
Is your homeschool relaxed and inviting? At one time, our homeschool was miserable. We were following all the “rules of school” and enjoying absolutely none of it. School had become stale and boring, and we desperately needed to add a little bit of Enchantment to our relaxed Charlotte Mason homeschool.
Today we are going to be talking about teaching our children to know God’s voice. Mark and his daughter Summer recently released a children’s book entitled God Speaks in Whispers.
This may have been my favorite interview yet! Even if you don’t have young children to read this picture book to… this is a not-to-be-missed conversation!
Humor and introspection into the different species of homeschoolers, homeschool uniforms, and the lingo and vocabulary unique to the homeschool culture.
Do you have a child who is anxious, and gets upset easily…who is “overreactive” to his environment? Childhood should be “carefree”, but for some kids and teens, it is anxiety-filled. Their nervous system is sending them erratic messages that make them feel uneasy, panicked, or upset. We call them kids whose nervous system is in disequilibrium. Is it “Character or Chemistry?”. In this Podcast, we will explore the physical symptoms that a child often has that leads to behavior that is inappropriate. We will explore ways that we can help these kids feel so much better. Looking to the body’s manufacturing place for the calming neurotransmistters (the “gut”), we will explore an easy nutritional supplement plan (using your local health food store), that many parents use to help their child’s body make more calming neurotransmitters, so they can feel peacefull, fall asleep easily, handle loud noises, and in general be able to react to their everyday environment with more ease.
Tried and true ways to get your kids to actually remember what you say!
Jessica talks with Rachel Jankovic about the success of her first book, Loving the Little Years, about her passion for women reading Scripture, and about why women need to understand their identity.
Reading in community can take you more deeply into a book, and more deeply into the heart of friendship, too. If you’ve ever wanted to start a book group or wondered how to lead a class discussion on a classic work of literature, Jennifer Dow’s wise counsel can help you do both. You don’t have to know everything about a book in order to do this. Jennifer suggests that “If the goal is community and the hospitality that leads to healing, we must provide free space with clear, helpful boundaries. We must meet people where they are, at the same time offer or invite others to a vision of what can be, together, shoulder to shoulder. This expresses itself in the environment we curate, the content we behold, and the way we teach or read.” Join us to learn more about how to cultivate a reading atmosphere that leads to learning, growth, and relationship.