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ASL – Signing as a Hearing Family (the Perks!)

ASL – Signing as a Hearing Family (the Perks!)

Have I mentioned I love signing? My family and I know quite a bit of American Sign Language (ASL). Well, we know many signs, but we typically use them as “signed English” (putting the signs in order as we do with English, which is not true ASL). I really enjoy communicating with my kids this way; it allows us to do a number … Continue reading

Language development in Toddlers

Originally posted on More Good Days – Parenting Blog:
Developmental Milestones Individual children vary, based on gender, temperament, and caregivers’ language use, but here are some typical average milestones for language development: At one year old, your child might understand 50 words and say a few. Around 20 – 24 months, he may understand 150…

*Break the Code* Scavenger Hunt

*Break the Code* Scavenger Hunt

Children love scavenger hunts and they also love surprises! Why not combine the two? The following activity can be tailored to different ages as well as any holiday or other special day (or even just a rainy day)! I’ve hidden valentines, coloring pages, Easter candy and more. Basically, you are going to be hiding something for your child(ren) and … Continue reading

My Beautiful New Planner (Ideas?)

My Beautiful New Planner (Ideas?)

I bought myself a lovely new planner. Now I’m trying to figure out what I should do with it exactly! I’ve never used an actual planner for homeschooling before now. I’ve always just used notebooks and clipboards with loose leaf paper. Planners weren’t really necessary before because I don’t generally give grades (scores on tests, yes, … Continue reading

Book Review and Giveaway!

Book Review and Giveaway!

The wonderful Jaimie M. Engle wrote and recently published an awesome fantasy/adventure book for children called Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light. The 302-page book would make a great read aloud for classrooms and homeschooling families alike, or the perfect independent reading material for boys and girls in upper elementary – middle school. The author was kind enough … Continue reading

Homeschooling the Active Child

Homeschooling the Active Child

Our daughter was very active as a young child. She was always on the move, it seemed. She did enjoy storytimes and cuddles on the couch, but she much preferred moving her body. We frequently visited parks, where she played with other children and quickly mastered all the playground equipment. She had great balance and could run amazingly … Continue reading

Homeschool Beginnings ~ Part Two

Homeschool Beginnings ~ Part Two

In the two years that followed my realization that I wanted to homeschool Maggie, I had to find out what the laws/requirements were, figure out what and how I would teach her, and convince my husband that this whole thing was a good idea. ;) It was intimidating to know that there were laws in … Continue reading