treating kids guest blog Summer 2020 Issue of ADDitude Magazine homeschooling

How Relaxed Homeschooling Helped My Daughter (and Our Garden) Grow

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We knew halfway through pre-K that public school was not going to be for us. The large classroom, too much time sitting at a desk, and too little time outdoors.

There were explosive breakdowns when my daughter came home every day. We decided to try homeschooling, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into.Even with a background in education, I was up against ADHD and a strong-willed five-year-old.I spent hours that August creating a curriculum for the first year.

I had lessons planned out week by week, each with a different objective. There was to be art time, outside and nature learning time, and a lot of play time.I correlated themes to the time of year and to what we were learning about in other subjects.

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