I’m glad you’re here.
I am very excited about starting this educational blog and sharing our fun adventures with you. Let me introduce us to you. I am Kellie and here’s a bit about me. I dreamed of being a teacher and made that dream come true, with much help and support from my parents. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with a focus in psychology and both early and elementary teaching degrees. I taught for 5 years in Jefferson County, before having my son Jake in 2011 and becoming a stay-at-home mom. We completed our family with our daughter Ava in 2013. I have also owned a brain workout center business where I helped kids and adults alike find the root causes to their academic or behavioral issues. In 2016, I enrolled my nature-loving children in a forest kindergarten where we spent close to 2 years learning outside year-round in all weather. Then in 2017 I started a homeschool-enrichment program in my home for kids ages 3-8. We miss you Apple Tree Schoolhouse friends!
My husband, Brandon and I met as sophomores in high school and have been together ever since, so 19 years and married for 12. We had always resided in the outskirts of Denver, moving from Highlands Ranch to Reunion. We decided last April to follow our dream of living in the country and moved to just about the middle of nowhere in Elbert County (technically we are in Agate, CO).
As far as homeschool, we are pretty eclectic. We use Oak Meadow (but I am currently thinking of a switch), and I throw in lots of my old teaching lessons, my own games, things I find on pinterest or other sites. We go out daily and try to do a lot of our learning outside. We learn by painting, playing, cooking, crafting, reading together, exploring music, etc. Living in the country, we do a fair amount of driving in a week so I try to have some lessons ready for the car. We learn in all different areas doing so many different things and we are so excited to share them with you.
My desire to start an educational blog started when I was trying to find a homeschool curriculum. It’s extremely overwhelming, amiright? In my opinion I didn’t find a literacy curriculum that I felt truly taught all the pre-reading skills, like alliteration, rhyming, and the many steps of phonemic awareness such a phoneme isolation and manipulation, etc. (I should say my favorite literacy curriculum so far is All About Reading, though I have not yet purchased it). It all seemed to go from learning letters, to learning sounds, and then putting sounds together to learn to read. That’s all good but there are a few other things kids need before they can read. Also, when I was a brain workout teacher, I came to realize two major things: 1) how kids are learning how to read before they are ready and 2) how crucial ocular motor skills play into reading. When these happen, you get problems, like kids that resist reading, don’t get it or have to be taught over and over, hate reading, battle struggles, and then physical problems with eyes, etc. Had I known these things I could have seen WHY my students were struggling and having to have an ILP (Individualized Literacy Plan). I could have worked on the root causes instead of teaching the same thing again and again.
So… I wanted to share some key elements that homeschool parents could throw into the mix when it comes to teaching literacy to prevent the struggles later. Also, I wanted to share some easy, fun and hands-on ways to teach literacy and math that involve no or very little prep. Finally, learning should be fun! All too much have I heard (mostly from public school families, which is why I choose to homeschool and perhaps you too) that school is boring, too much homework and testing, they don’t remember what they learn and that PE and recess are the favored subjects. That’s because kids want to move and they have to move to learn. It’s not my style to sit my kiddos down with a large math workbook though there are times worksheets are needed and I do use them. It’s all a balance for me.
My goal for my kids and our homeschool is to blend the good things from homeschool and public school into one. So that is my hope for this blog, to provide you with an educational resource from a former teacher.
Here is a list of activities and resources you can find when you stop by.
- Storytelling: stories, activities, and tips on how you, the parent, can become an awesome storyteller
- Wednesdays are hereby claimed at Wild Wednesdays where you can find nature-inspired literacy, math, and science activities
- literacy and math games for the home, the car, outside, etc.
- how to teach literacy with a shared reading or read aloud lesson
- various books with accompanied lessons and activities
- literacy activities that teach phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension
- journal activities that are extremely easy and require very little or no prep
- tips on how to teach writing, phonemic awareness, comprehension and various subjects, math games
- writing lessons and activities
- how to find teachable moments anywhere
- how to differentiate activities- I can share with you how to take matching cards and create a lesson/game that can work for your preschoolers and your 2nd grader. Isn’t that what we homeschool parents need, activities that can be differentiated so you aren’t doing 3 different activities for 3 different kids??
- Freebies (worksheets that I’ve created or will share)
- and so much more!
Need something or have a question? I am happy to create something for you, provide you with ideas, activities, etc. Just a quick note that I have early elementary schoolers. I am not in the realm of late elementary grades (yet!). But if you have questions or need activities for those later ages/grades I can still provide you some help there.
I hope you will enjoy coming along for our EDventures in learning. We are really excited to share with you!
Please add comments, share ideas, whatever you like. Thanks again for being here!