Category Archives: Homeschool

Anyone who knows me knows I am not a big fan of public schools. Homeschool is the better option, in my opinion. I am homeschooling my soon-to-be adopted daughter and I homeschooled my son some 20 years ago. I will support my TK clients who wish to homeschool if that is what they wish, by having their child do some of their schoolwork here at TK.

Why we are using Connections Academy as our homeschool program.

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Connections Academy is the homeschool program that I have signed my Li’l Rosebug up with. We’ve been with the program for about a half of a school year now, so I wanted to summarize why we are homeschooling, how this program works, and my opinion of it.   A couple of decades ago I chose Read More →

She wants to do it HER WAY!

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The other day my li’l Rosebug revealed to me that the reason she gets so angry with me when I tell her to do her schoolwork in a certain way is because she “…wants to do it her way!”. Well sometimes that is okay, but oftentimes, with schoolwork, it is not. There is usually an Read More →

Patterns, math before it starts…

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    Patterns are a precursor to all early math. Some of us may think this is obvious, but some of us might not realize that most math is all about recognizing patterns, solving patterns that aren’t quite complete or that are missing a part. We create patterns for memorization of all basic math facts. While Read More →

Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 2

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In the first part of this two-part series, I discussed teaching your child the letters of the alphabet and their associated phonetic sounds. Please click the link to Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 1 if you haven’t already read it. Only after your child has mastered the skills in part 1, they are ready to move Read More →

Teaching Your Child to Read…Part 1

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Teaching your child to read is a momentous undertaking, and an incredible gift you can give to your child, even before they go to school. Please don’t think that only the “professionals” can teach your child how to read after they go to kindergarten. In fact, in most cases, I think that you as the parent Read More →

In spite of…

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In spite a very difficult start to our first day of our new homeschool,  my li’l ‘Rosebug drew one of her most proficient drawings for a school assignment. It is supposed to be a drawing of her home, featuring things that start with the letters A and B. In the picture the Rosebug is eating an Read More →

SQUIRREL!

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We are starting a new school today, my li’l Rosebug and I. It’s an online homeschool called “Connections Academy”. We put the ‘Bug in public school for first grade last year. Boy was THAT a waste of time! At that point we didn’t know we were going to be adopting her, and I didn’t have Read More →

Time on a Wall…

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Pretty tight schedule around here on weekday mornings. I get up at 4am and work on the computer as that is the only time that my brain function and peace and quiet coordinate around here. My first childcare kid comes in about 5:30. Thankfully my early childcare kids are content to watch TV in the morning, Read More →

A Year Old Conversation

An old conversation I had with a respected friend a year ago about my li’l Rosebug:   ME: Her teacher cut down on homework significantly. I felt like 90% of her problems are attitudinal, with focus issues…. It is just so hard to pin point. When she is in a good, cooperative space (which is rare when Read More →