March 08, 2018

18 Tips for a Great Homeschool Convention Experience

Tags: , , homeschool convention tips

by Kathy Kuhl     Once I heard a convention center employee ask another what people do at a homeschool convention. The second didn’t know, but he guessed we bought textbooks.  That’s like guessing people go to the beach to swim. It’s not the whole story. A homeschool convention can features anywhere from dozens to hundreds […]

( Read the full post… )

March 01, 2018

Manage tasks with less stress

Tags: , , , making lists for my lists

By Kathy Kuhl     If you homeschool kids, you have a lot to manage. But when you homeschool a child with learning challenges, special needs, and/or giftedness, you don’t just need lists. You need sub-lists, lists that repeat, lists to save for next year. Some of us have distractible kids, and some of us are […]

( Read the full post… )

February 22, 2018

Three Steps to Protect our Kids from Abusers

Tags: , , , , , , abuse prevention

By Kathy Kuhl     I don’t know any parents eager to talk to their kids about sexual abuse. But making body parts and sex unmentionable is more dangerous than being uncomfortable. I don’t want us to be paranoid, but “wise as serpents, innocent as doves.” This is a sad topic to consider, but ignoring it […]

( Read the full post… )

January 18, 2018

Help for Dyslexic Teens: Never Too Late to Read, a book review

Never Too Late to Read: Language Skills for the Adolescent with Dyslexia by Ann Cashwell Tuley

By Kathy Kuhl Know a dyslexic teen, or any adolescent who struggles with reading? It’s so frustrating for these students and their parents. The students are probably avoiding reading as much as possible, and may be resisting your efforts to teach them. It would be no surprise if they are discouraged. They may even try deny […]

( Read the full post… )

January 11, 2018

Cathy Duffy’s Curriculum Reviews

By Kathy Kuhl          “What’s a good curriculum for my child?” people ask me. “That’s like asking me ‘What’s a good shoe for my child?’” I reply. I’d need some measurements. I want to know what the child’s good at, what they like, what their goals are. Tap dancers, scholars, and fashion designers need different footwear. […]

( Read the full post… )

January 04, 2018

Goals help you gear up for growth

Tags: , , goal setting guide

By Kathy Kuhl Happy New Goals! I hope you’ve had a rest or at least a change of pace over the holidays. As we return to our homeschooling, it’s a great time to review and perhaps revise our goals. If you need to set or revise goals for this year and would like some help, […]

( Read the full post… )

December 21, 2017

Enjoy the holidays!

enjoy the holidays

By Kathy Kuhl          You probably have plenty of holiday joys and duties to keep you busy, so today I’ll focus on what to do over the little break from homeschooling that this time of year gives most of us. These tips can make it easier to enjoy the holidays. Take a break: […]

( Read the full post… )

December 14, 2017

What about High School Credits, Diplomas, and Transcripts?

Tags: , , , , , high school

By Kathy Kuhl          When I speak on homeschooling high school students with learning challenges, parents often ask: What about transcripts? How do I decide when and whether to give a diploma? Often, I receive some version of this question, which came up on a Facebook group recently: Do you ever worry that your student will […]

( Read the full post… )

December 14, 2017

Language Skills for Young Children: Reading with Young Children

Language Skills

by Kathy Kuhl          How do we help small children become ready to read? How can we make it easier for wiggly kids to sit still while we read to them? How do we help little ones with learning challenges develop language skills? Recently I had the opportunity to chat with a pediatric […]

( Read the full post… )

December 07, 2017

Reading Teaching Tools, Part II: Megawords and MindPlay


By Kathy Kuhl          This post is the second of two posts, highlighting resources to help kids and teens with dyslexia. Last week I talked about Learn to Read and Spell with Miss Letterly, and you can read that post here. Today I’m featuring two resources, both aimed a bit older than Miss Letterly was. Megawords What if […]

( Read the full post… )