Category Archives: Planning

Are you choosing the wrong learning materials for your child?

Are you using the wrong learning materials for your child

One of the things I’m passionate about as an educator and curriculum developer is that learning products for young children should be visually engaging, colorful, well-designed and simple.  Reaching this balance is a challenge, but it can be done. I’m really picky about the aesthetics of any materials I use with Caroline whether it is […]

How we ended up relaxed homeschoolers and what it looks like

How we ended up relaxed homeschoolers and what it looks like

I realized we were relaxed homeschoolers somewhere along the beginning of Caroline’s second grade year (this year). I had kind of wandered in the wilderness of trying to figure out how to answer the question when people would ask what kind of a homeschooler I was. This was mostly due to trying to figure out […]

Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years – A How To Series

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One of the benefits of observing homeschooling and homeschoolers for many years before I was blessed with a child is that I had the opportunity to read lots and lots of articles and blogs posts written by moms who shared their mistakes. They wrote of the things they wished they could do over, what they […]

Should elementary students formally study mathematics?


In a 2010 article from Psychology Today, Peter Gray, Ph.D., makes the case that math should not be taught until middle school. He shares a fascinating study from 1929 that has largely disappeared from the nation’s collective radar. But the findings are stunning. In When Less Is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in […]

Simple Classroom Activities for the First Day of School

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The first few days of school set the tone for the entire year. Getting started with fun, informative and relationship-building activities is essential. Overpreparing for the first few days is also important since activities can move along more quickly than anticipated. Here is a list of simple to prepare activities that work well on the […]

Classroom Management Strategies for New Teachers and the New School Year

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Many new teachers go into teaching because they love the subject matter, working with children and making a difference in the lives of others. But classroom management is also a significant part of being a successful teacher. Carefully planning classroom management strategies such as procedures and expectations makes the start of a new year easier […]