Resources

A collection of my essays, activities, and case studies for supporting the education of disabled/chronically ill and neurodivergent children.

The Message in the Resistance in Learning

The Message in the Resistance in Learning

The number one question I receive is what to do about motivation. The child is either unmotivated or is easily bored. ⠀ I don't believe in forcing children to do anything.   The child's resistance in learning is a message.   What is that message? Do they...

Home Education as Personal Rebellion

Home Education as Personal Rebellion

I often say home education is my personal rebellion against the systems that oppressed individuals like my son for centuries.   Unschooling, in particular, is a resistance to all oppressive institutions, including those that oppress marginalized communities....

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

Why Do You Care About Homeschooling?

To stay the course in anything we do, it's always a good idea to ask ourselves why.  Why did we choose this? Why did we want to do this in the first place? When we connect with the "why," it keeps us motivated to keep going.⁣ ⁣ I challenge you to go one step further...

Plan With the End In Mind

Plan With the End In Mind

As homeschooling parents, we can get a little off-kilter about our children's education. We are tempted by sparkling new curricula and we ask ourselves if we are doing enough. ⁣ We want to do better. We'll be more organized. We'll do all the things, and all the...

More Essays, Activities, and Case Studies

Standardized Tests Are Ableist

Standardized Tests Are Ableist

Standardized tests are inherently ableist.   This one-size-fits-all method of evaluation is highly problematic and often debated in conventional schooling (only skimming on the fact that it’s discriminatory). In the homeschool setting, they’re an abomination.⁣...

Charts and Standards are Ableist

Charts and Standards are Ableist

It's not good enough to say we will modify, adapt, and accommodate. Standards are created for one type of person/learner. Period. We have been twisting ourselves backwards and upsidedown for decades and calling it unfair when it's truly deeper than that. It's...

The Absurd Demands of Conventional Education

The Absurd Demands of Conventional Education

Can you imagine if we handled life experiences the way conventional education handles students?⠀ ⠀ After attending a hockey game, you are required to write an essay about what you observed.⠀ ⠀ After grocery shopping, you must take a multiple-choice exam about items...

Honoring the Child

Honoring the Child

How are you honoring the child in your learning environment?   As much as it appears that educators, parents, and students are sometimes at odds, the reality is, we all want the same thing. ⠀ We're simply not communicating it well.⠀ ⠀ What do we want?⠀ ⠀ We want...

Standardized Tests Are Ableist

Standardized Tests Are Ableist

Standardized tests are inherently ableist.   This one-size-fits-all method of evaluation is highly problematic and often debated in conventional schooling (only skimming on the fact that it’s discriminatory). In the homeschool setting, they’re an abomination.⁣...

Charts and Standards are Ableist

Charts and Standards are Ableist

It's not good enough to say we will modify, adapt, and accommodate. Standards are created for one type of person/learner. Period. We have been twisting ourselves backwards and upsidedown for decades and calling it unfair when it's truly deeper than that. It's...

The Absurd Demands of Conventional Education

The Absurd Demands of Conventional Education

Can you imagine if we handled life experiences the way conventional education handles students?⠀ ⠀ After attending a hockey game, you are required to write an essay about what you observed.⠀ ⠀ After grocery shopping, you must take a multiple-choice exam about items...

Honoring the Child

Honoring the Child

How are you honoring the child in your learning environment?   As much as it appears that educators, parents, and students are sometimes at odds, the reality is, we all want the same thing. ⠀ We're simply not communicating it well.⠀ ⠀ What do we want?⠀ ⠀ We want...