Developing a Work-life Balance in Homeschooling Practical Solutions for a Persistent Problem If you read a lot of homeschooling blogs (and I do!), you’ll notice one thread of complaint come up again and again: homeschooling parents consistently have a hard time separating the work of education from their lives outside of teaching. Either they’re letting […]

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Integrating New Students

Integrating New Students: A Guide for Educators Giving Confidence to Children in Homeschool Co-ops and Traditional Classrooms Any teacher can tell you how hard it can be to introduce a new kid to the classroom mid-year. And any parents who have been through it will talk at length about the anxieties it stirred up in […]

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Cutting Through Overcomplicated Classrooms Advice for Teachers In Public Schools At YesPhonics, we typically write about issues around homeschooling and parenting. We’re not narrowminded, though, and today I thought I would write about something a little further afield: problems facing teachers in the public school system. As you’re probably aware, public education has a lot […]

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Allaying Fears About Friendships in Homeschooling

Allaying Fears About Friendships in Homeschooling Advice for Undecided Parents Homeschooling is ipso facto appealing to a lot of parents. The opportunity to get out of the conventional school system, the chance to spend more time with your kids, and the creative fulfillment of coming up with a curriculum of your own design can all […]

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Dyslexia: How Phonics Helps Overcome Learning Disabilities Strategies and advice for educators with dyslexic students Even if they’re very mild, learning disabilities can be a serious challenge for an educator. Whether you’re in charge of a class or just in charge of a single child, it can be extremely difficult to get students through their […]

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Dealing with defiant teenagers Using active listening and philosophy to solve chronic opposition. Whether you’re a homeschooling parent or a teacher in a conventional school, you’ve probably dealt with a lack of enthusiasm from time to time. Nobody always wants to do their work, and that goes for kids as well. Especially if they’re teenagers—teenage […]

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learning styles

10 Phonics Games for Kids to Build Reading Skills A Creative Approach to Word Retention and Reading Comprehension Let’s face it: following a workbook can get dull, and not every child learns best by copying letters and sounds. At YesPhonics, we know that learning is multisensory, and that every child learns differently. Last month we […]

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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play Time for Children Background and Strategies for Parents and Teachers Kids can fall behind in reading for a lot of reasons. Some of these reasons are more or less biological—dyslexia, for example—but others have to do with the environment that they find themselves in. When kids get are taught poorly in […]

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motivate students

Creating Structure to Motivate Students A Guide for Parents and Teachers Unmotivated students can be a huge problem for educators. It’s far from easy to teach kids even when circumstances are good, and with the added difficulty of cajoling students who would rather not do the work in the first place, teaching can become an […]

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homeschooling motivation

How to Stay Motivated when Homeschooling Advice for parents Do you ever find yourself, as a parent and an educator, getting burned out? I predict that the answer is yes, and you’re not alone. Many, many parents around the world have trouble staying motivated in their homeschooling routines. While doing research for this post, I […]

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