Virtual Homeschooling 101

With our increasingly computerized world, virtual homeschool is a hot topic these days. Fortunately for you, our family has been following this path for the past three years. Read on for answers to all your questions about attending a virtual school from the comfort of your home.

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Tween and Teen Summer Reading: 2017

Summer is here and it’s time for my tips to get your kids to read! In case you missed last year’s article on “Preventing Summer Slide,” here is a link. Summer slide is real, and the best way to prevent it is to get those kids to read! Big kids (10-18) don’t need to read a zillion books to avoid learning loss; three to five novels is enough to maintain and grow a few brain cells.

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Summer Brain: Keep Your Kids Sharp While School is Out

Summer break is upon us and billions of regular school-attending children are in need of input! Keep their brains sharp with these resources for reading, math, science, and more.

Reading

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I do it with my children, to my children, or just while sitting in the same room next to my children. In my opinion one can never read too much. Whether your children are just beginners, or taking down chapter books in a single setting, you can keep them moving forward with the right resources.

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Helpful Autism Awareness Resources

A few months ago I was in line at the grocery store. I stood behind a woman with three children, two boys and a girl. They looked to be between the ages of 8 and 12. One of her sons was having a full-out meltdown. He did not want to walk. He did not want to get in the cart. He did not want to hold Mom’s hand. He just wanted to sit and rock in the aisle. He wanted to look at the little toys for sale on the rack. I was desperate to show this mom support, but I did nothing more than smile at her, and her children.

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5 Great Techy Toy Options on Kickstarter

With all kinds of amazing projects on Kickstarter, it has made us here at Mammatech wonder about what sort of projects are currently on Kickstarter for kid’s toys. So I’ve spent hours and hours this past week getting sucked into the amazing things that everyday people have invented and are currently looking for funding. The following five recommendations are each a techy toy I would buy for my boys! Read more

A Toddler Mamma’s Review of the Kids Edition Kindle Fire

I consider myself a new age Mom. When I say ‘new age’ I mean that I consider myself open to new types of parenting, and flowing with what is going on in the world around us. One of the tools I use as a new age Mom is having my toddlers learn through Kindle Fires. They’re turning 3 and 4 this week, and yes, they already know how to navigate through their Kindles on their own.

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The Importance of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

CTSOs

Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are one of the best ways for your child to gain valuable skills that will help them through high school and beyond!  As the DECA sponsor for my high school, here are some of my favorite reasons to encourage your child to join a career and technical student organization.  Read more

Online Management Tools: Keep Your Kids On Track

“Mom, Paul was on slither.io again!!”

“I was not!”

This conversation has been rehearsed about 500 times since my children discovered that silly website. The standard fix would be to monitor their online time or just take it away altogether. The Paul mentioned above is only six-years-old, surely he does not NEED to be on the internet, right?

Unfortunately no. Since my children “attend” a virtual school, a lot of their day is spent online, accessing much of their coursework through the school’s website. This problem is confounded by the fact that I have multiple children in school at the moment — four to be exact. In addition I have three more not-quite-school-age children running around, as well. But we are going on our third year with this program and we really do appreciate all it has to offer. So what’s a busy momma to do? — Get smart!

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How to Help Your Child with Math at Home

Math is a four-letter word that leads to the exclamation and consumption of other four-letter words.  As a high school business teacher, I frequently find myself helping students with math and occasionally teaching business math.  Because I’m not a math teacher, I have a few tricks up my cardigan sleeve that I wanted to share with you! Read more