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9 Smart Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer is the time for playing, relaxing, going on vacation, and watching tv, right? Right? Not exactly. According to a 2001 study from the University of Missouri, kids lose an average of 2 months’ educational progress over the summer. 2 months! In other words, they have to relearn in September and October what they already learned in April and May (or May and June). The regression happens to homeschoolers and traditional schoolers alike. Kids seem to lose the most in math, but also often lose ground in reading and other subjects, as well. Don’t throw up your hands in despair … Read more

Learning to Read & Write by Playing

playing learning to read

As the academic year has progressed, Grace has grown to hate our homeschool curriculum. It’s unfortunate. I had replaced all of our fun playing as learning activities with the curriculum from a Pennsylvania-based cyber charter school. Unfortunately, the curriculum was redundant and a year or so behind her skills. After some conversations with our cyber school teachers, I have gone back to the fun stuff and dumped the curriculum. We’ll begin a new curriculum in a month or so, but in the meantime, we’re just playing. Playing to Learn My favorite source of lessons and activities for learning to read … Read more

Preschool Activity Book

preschool activity book

Do you remember this homemade activity book? I had been keeping it on Grace’s bookshelf in our living room, and she wasn’t getting it out to use it very often. I moved it to a basket of books on the floor, in front of the couch, and Grace writes or draws in it every single day. She colors. She traces. She’s learning to write letters. Pretty awesome. She thinks so, too. (In case you’re wondering, I edited the photos of Grace to preserve her modesty a bit. Sorry if my editing made them look goofy. Better goofy than have exposed … Read more

Is That The Story You Want To Tell?

As many of you know, my Weight Release journey began this week. Really, it began a couple of weeks ago when I decided to work with Freeman Michaels and began reading his book. It’s been difficult. I learned this week that I’m afraid of much more than spiders. It’s also been rewarding. I’m learning to forgive myself in a way I had reserved only for others. Freeman has been so delighted with Feels Like Home readers’ response to his Weight Release webinar series that he’s decided to open up 8 more spots – a total of 20 in all. If … Read more