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Social Distance Summer Schedule

Two years ago, almost exactly to the day, I wrote a post about our weekly summer schedule. That post is the most popular post written on my blog with over 42,000 page views. That post gets high traffic this time of year, but since things are looking a little different this summer, I decided to adapt the post a bit for you, and give you some ideas on how you can make the most of this summer for your children, even with the current climate in the world. 

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I want to preface all of this with the fact that I don't think you need to do one of these things every single day. If you find yourself bored and want to do something, use this as a guide. I honestly don't believe in over structuring summer. How many of us look back on our own childhood and think, "I'm so glad my mom used a block schedule the summer of 1999 and that I learned about the Spanish Inquisition and long division..."  (Not throwing shade at people who LOVE doing this kind of thing, I'm just not that kind of mom, and know I don't have the energy to keep up with anything like that!)

I'm all for routine, and finding a natural rhythm and pattern in our days, but I think the second we start telling ourselves life has to be done one way, and it needs to be that way every single time, it's when we find ourselves burnt out, stressed out, and disappointed by false expectations. I hope this post can serve as a great guide to help you with ideas of things you can do with your children, but in no way make you feel pressured to do any of these things. 

Make it Monday:
Monday's are a great time to get our crafting on! We're fresh from the weekend and feeling fun and motivated right? I love getting little paint kits from the Target Dollar Spot, or Dollar Tree. I also love just getting a bunch of random crafts supplies like paper, paint, beads, string, glue, popsicle sticks, and letting their imaginations run wild! 

Learning Tuesday: 
I am not a workbook/school work every day of the summer kind of mom. However, you could take a day a week to do a fun story time or music class with your kids. Let them pick a topic that they want to learn more about and make a mini lesson on it. If your child struggles with a certain subject, you could take 20 minutes a week to work on that with them. In our house it would be numbers with Kinsley and writing with Kyle. I don't want them to lose a lot of ground in those subjects over the summer, so those might be the things I decide to work on IF we are feeling up to it. 

Water Wednesday:
One of my very favorite things to do with my kids is fill up a kiddie pool with water, throw them and their plastic toys inside of it, and let them have a ball for hours in the backyard. I plan on doing this weekly when we move. Other fun things could be water blobs, water balloons, squirt guns, running through the sprinklers, slip-n-slides, and any other water game your children love!  

Adventure Thursday:
Adventures are harder this summer with splash pads likely staying closed. Things I hope to do are hikes, nature walks, nature scavenger hunts, scenic drives, and any other thing that gets us outdoors and exploring!

Foodie Friday:
I really want to get Kyle cooking more in the kitchen this summer. We bought him a kid's cookbook, and are working our way through it currently. You can cook with your kids, go out for ice cream or shaved ice, or do a family date night and eat somewhere new you've never been. 

Super Saturday:
This is a great day to do something as a family since the work week is over. Go on a camping trip, to the drive-ins, have a BBQ, game night, or sleepover in the backyard. The sky is really the limit. Whatever you do, do it together as a family!

Sundays: 
I did not include this on my graphic, but Sundays are a day where we go to church (depending on when they open again), or we do church at home with our kids. Then we just relax and spend most of the day at home laying pretty low. It's a reset day for us where we just take time to be together as a family with no real agenda. 

What are your plans this summer? Do you like doing small things with your kids each day, or stick to a more structured schedule? I'd love to hear what works for you in the comments!

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Free May Printable Coloring Pages

Right before Easter I launched coloring pages for the first time and they were a huge hit! I decided that I would try and attempt to launch some new coloring pages each month for you to download! I'm really excited about how this month's coloring pages turned out and tried to his all the wonderful holidays coming up in May! 

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What's Included in the Pack:
This month's coloring pack contains seven coloring pages to help you celebrate all of May's best moments from May Day, to Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day, and ending the month with Memorial day! There are also a couple fun coloring pages like hiking and mountains, fun trucks, and a color by number!

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How to Print the Coloring Pages:
To download this month's coloring pages, scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can click a link to take you to the free downloads. It will take you to a google drive where you can download the files onto your computer, or print them directly from the drive. 

My Favorite Printer:
If you're in the market for a new printer, we just bought the Epson Super Tank printer from Target and it's been the best purchase ever! With the ink that comes in the box, you can print 4,500 color pages and 7,000 black and white pages before having to buy more ink! For our family this printer will pay for itself in less than six months! We have zero regrets about this printer! 

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I want to see your pictures!
My favorite thing is when you tag me in your photos of your little ones enjoying the coloring pages, so be sure to tag me in your pictures on your stories or in your feed so I can share your pictures too!

Click Here to Download this Month's Coloring Pages!

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Church at Home During Quarantine + Giveaway

We have done church at home with our kids since the very first week of quarantine. My family and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so what we do might look different than what you do in your home, depending on which church you attend. My hope is that I'm able to point you in a few good directions, regardless of your denomination.

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>>See the bottom of this post for information on how you can win one of these felt Atonement kits for your family. 

My favorite part about doing church at home is that there is no right or wrong way to do it, and our church has not come out and said that you need to do X, Y, and Z each week in your home. You get to choose what works for you, and I think that's amazing. This post is not intended to say you need to do church like us, but to simply give ideas if what you're currently doing is not working for you. 

Have The Sacrament: I really don't know what this looks like for people in other churches, but I've seen people from a variety of christian churches having the sacrament in their homes, so I'm assuming this is a widely practiced thing right now. Obviously check with your church leaders to see how they would like this done in the home, but it's honestly been the perfect thing to get my week going in the right direction, and I'm grateful we're able to do this each week. 

Come Follow Me FHE Weekly Lessons: First of all, Angie from Come Follow Me FHE is a delight. We've been online friends for about six months now, and her Come Follow Me FHE lessons have saved our bacon this entire quarantine. 

Our church comes out with specific lessons and scriptures for our world wide church to read each week, and Angie sends out weekly lesson plans geared towards kids that are based off of those church assigned lessons. Angie creates lesson plans, coloring pages, object lessons, and so much more, all for $7/month. 

Each Sunday we print off the Come Follow Me FHE lessons, and work through as much of it as we can before we lose the kid's attention. Whatever we don't get to, we leave out in the living room, and work on it throughout the week.

If you're not LDS:
Angie has another shop, The Christian Cottage, where she provides biblically based lessons for Christians of any denomination! 

Singing Time For Kids:
After we do our weekly lesson we move onto singing time for the kids. Angie has also been putting out singing time resources as part of your subscription during this time, and we've been using her fun activities with the kids while we sing songs that are either included in her lesson, or that the kids personally pick. 

If you want to do your own thing, pick some hymns/songs that your kids love and... 


  • Make little instruments for them to use while you sing, like rice in plastic eggs as a shaker, or a box to use as a drum. 
  • You could do a hang-man game where you add a body part to your hang-man after each song.
  • Cut out a circle for the middle of a flower, and some flower pedals, and add a pedal to the flower after each song.
The sky is the limit! Your kids will love engaging in whatever fun activities you come up with, these were just some I thought of off the top of my head. 

For Personal Study: Right now the only thing I'm doing each day is reading a chapter in the scriptures. But one thing I want to get in the habit of doing is reading/listening to a conference talk at least every Sunday. Our family time on Sunday is mostly focused on teaching the kids, so I want to carve out some time before bed to make some extra spiritual time for myself on Sundays. 

Some talks from the April 2020 General Conference that I can't wait to go back and read again:
If you attend a different church, this could look like listening or reading a sermon from either a member of your church, or a non-denominational speaker you enjoy. 


Felt Atonement Kit GIVEAWAY: My friends over at J.M Porium sent me this fun felt atonement kit that the kids have been loving playing with each day. It's an easy way to teach about Christ to a young audience, and can be enjoyed by all Christian denominations. 

They're hosting a giveaway on my instagram right now, so be sure to head on over to enter!


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How to Make Oobleck

Oobleck is a fun STEM project you can do at home with your children. If you're wondering how to make oobleck with minimal ingredients, look no further. 

I love doing messy activities with my kids. I know I'm probably not in the norm with that statement, but I love it because it entertains them for hours! Things like slime, finger paints, glitter, glue, etc... I lay it out for the kids and they let their imaginations run wild and take over the rest. 

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We were having one of those Sundays that seem to go on and on with no chance of bedtime in sight, and decided to try making this Oobleck with the kids a few weeks ago. It was super fun, kept them busy right up until bedtime, and they both had a blast. 

How to Make Oobleck:

There are a lot of different recipes I've seen for how to make Oobleck going around on the internet, but the best Oobleck recipe we've used it to simply use equal parts water and cornstarch. Once our mixture was done, we stirred in some food coloring to make it a little more fun for the kids, and then let them have a blast with it. 

If you pick up a big handful of it, it feels like a solid, only for it to completely turn runny and melt through the cracks in your fingers. 

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What is Oobleck?

Essentially it's a mixture of cornstarch and water. It isn't quite a liquid, and it isn't quite a solid. When you stick your hands in it, it feels wet, but your hands don't penetrate all the way through to the bottom of the bowl right away. They kind of sit on the surface, and then slowly sink in after a few seconds. 

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How to make Oobleck more fun:

If you want to add a little flair to your play, you can add some marbles or toys into it that you don't mind getting messy. You can then let your children look for the objects inside the Oobleck to make it more of a little scavenger hunt instead of a messy free for all (we went for the free for all but if you need structure this is a good option!)



How to Make Oobleck

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Oobleck is a fun STEM project you can do at home with your children. If you're wondering how to make oobleck with minimal ingredients, look no further.

Ingredients

How to Make Oobleck
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Combine all your ingredients together in a bowl, and enjoy your playtime!

Have you made Oobleck with your kids? It would be a fun sensory game while we're all at home right now!

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Special Needs Homeschool Teaching Resources

Yesterday on my Instagram I went through and showed everyone what Kinsley's teacher had sent home for her to work on, and I said I'd do my best to compile a list of resources for any parents out there still navigating these dark waters without much instruction from your schools. 

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I do want to start off with the fact that special education is literally so subjective and individual. That's why these kiddos have IEPs or Individual Education Plans. It's right in the name, individual. What Kinsley is working on could very well be different than what the nine other kids in her class are working on, and could be completely different than what your child is working on as well. 

The resources I'm linking you to in this post are to for activities similar to what Kinsley is working on since that's all I really have to go off of. You know your child best though, so out of these things, take what works for you, and adapt it to what will work best for your child. 

Kinsley has been working on this same name tracing worksheet since preschool. Luckily after three years she's gotten really good at it. To make your own worksheet, CLICK THIS LINK, scroll down and on the portrait option side, type the name you want, traditional font, and then generate worksheet. It will spit you out a sheet that looks like this with your child's name. 

If you can laminate it, I would. Kinsley does this every single day, so it will save you ink and paper if you only need to do it once. 

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If you want to make some flashcards at home, the ones LINKED HERE are the ones I would do. There are flashcards at the Target Dollar Spot, and at Dollar Tree, but I find the ones at the store that you buy have extra pictures and words on them (like A is for apple and a picture of an apple), and that can be distracting, at least it is for Kinsley. These printable ones are just the letter without other distractions.

To print these, click the options for upper-case only, all letters of the alphabet, US Letter for paper size, and I personally like the 8 cards per page option best. 

Then repeat this process for the lower case letters too. 

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Kinsley is currently learning her upper and lower case letters, but it's easier to have them on separate cards so that it's not distracting. I put the card down, and she tells me what the letter is. Before she could do this though, I'd lay four cards in front of her (such as A, B, C, and D), and ask her "which one is A?" and then she would give me the card. 

Once we identify all the letters, we go through one last time and I have her tell me the sound each letter makes. 

The same website for letters also makes number flash cards too. To make these, simply put in the number range you want (we have 1-20), and then select 8 per page, and print. 

To work through these, I put the card down and Kinsley tells me which number it is. Once we go through them once,  we put them away and just move onto the next task. 

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Shapes is another task that Kinsley works on each day. We go through this worksheet one time and have her name her shapes, and correct her where she makes mistakes, and then have her identify the colors. I like this sheet since it has the shapes colored in, meaning you can use one sheet for both tasks without having to print something else. You can also cut this into flashcards too, but we have ours as just one full sheet, and just point to each one we're talking about. 

Also Kinsley's sheet calls a diamond a rhombus, and I feel like that's just not setting her up for success. She's a diamond ;) 

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Alphabet Tracing Worksheets:
We work through tracing one specific letter of the alphabet per day. She does a mixture of sheets where she traces each letter, and other ones where she traces 1-2 times and then she independently writes the letter.  I've linked you to both options above, and you can see what the sheets look like below! 

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In addition to these worksheets we also count out loud to 20, and then count 20 objects. We also read before bed each night, and work on some educational Ipad apps (Lexia and Imagine Math) for 10 minutes per app. Once those things are done, we're done with work for the day! 

I hope this post was helpful! I know how stressful this whole coronavirus/homeschool thing is, but it's even more stressful when you have a special needs child and their learning style isn't like your typical child. I'm happy to answer any questions when possible! 


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FREE Easter Springtime Coloring Pages

Spring is right around the corner and I'm sure we're all looking for simple things to do with our kids these days. I made some fun Easter printables for my own kids over the weekend and thought that it would be fun to share them with each of you.


While we're in the throws of homeschooling and being with our kids all the time, I love to use the afternoons to let our kids be more creative. Whether that's painting, coloring, making jewelry with beads, baking, etc... I really like to let the creative juices flow in the afternoons. Having some new and exciting coloring sheets on hand is an easy way to introduce them to something they haven't seen before, and give them them something new to spark their interests. 

Click here to download your free springtime coloring pack! 


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Our Daily Routine During Coronavirus

There are a lot of "daily schedules" floating around the internet dictating what we should be doing with our kids while they're home from school hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute. And while these schedules are surely well intended I think that it can add a lot of unnecessary pressure to your day, and make this time way more rigid than it needs to be. I'm planning on sticking to a schedule with my kids, but I like to think of it more as an order of operations, where we complete one task, and get to the next one when it happens. Not living by the clock, but letting the natural momentum of the day get us where we need to be. 
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Morning: I have zero intentions of setting an alarm clock and getting my kids up by a certain time. We'll wake up when our bodies wake up. Once that happens we'll get dressed, do hair, get leg braces on (for Kinsley), and then head downstairs and eat breakfast. Once breakfast is cleaned we'll get into our school work for the day. 

Kyle's school is very rigid and structured when it comes to what he should be doing each day. I'll set Kinsley up with some education apps on the iPad, and work through Kyle's work with him. When his work is complete, I'll set Kyle free on the iPad while I work through Kinsley's work (TBD), and therapy goals with her. 

Afternoon: Once we get done with the school work we'll make lunch, eat, and clean up. After that I plan on getting my kids outdoors for at least 30 minutes. Vitamin D is life, and just because they told us not to go to work and school doesn't mean we're not allowed to get fresh air and sunlight. Adding this into our daily routine will be a sanity booster for everyone. 

Once we come back inside I really plan on letting the kids lead the day. We have plenty of craft supplies for whatever art time they want, board games, toys, books, cooking, etc... this is free time where they can do whatever they please, and I plan on getting my own work done. 

Around 4pm I'll likely make everyone get the house cleaned up so that it's not a disaster when Derek gets home. I need our nighttimes to be peaceful, and cleaning up before dinner is a great way to set the tone for the evening. 

Evening: Once the house is picked up we'll make dinner and eat. After dinner we do prayer, scriptures, PJs, bath, teeth, stories and bedtime. We usually have bedtime between 6:30-7pm every night. Kinsley usually goes to sleep at this time, and Kyle can stay up to read until the sun goes down and he doesn't have light anymore. 

I'm really not about running a rigid schedule while the kids are home. Yes I want to do school work in the morning when everyone is fresh, but after that, lets enjoy these kids and the unprecedented time we have with them! What does your schedule look like these days? I'd love to hear in the comments below! 


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8 Ways We're Getting Through Coronavirus

I'm sure that this is a common post going out on the internet this week with schools closing rapidly across the nation as we try to contain the coronavirus from spreading. My kids are home through the end of March followed by Kinsley's week long spring break the first week of April, and Kyle's spring break the second week of April. I'm trying to be as positive as possible, but Kinsley has been out of school due to her own illness since the last week of February, so when all is said and done, she'll have missed five weeks straight of school. I'll also have had kids home from school for six weeks total by the time Kyle's spring break is over.

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All that being said, I think we might be fearful of going a little stir crazy. Today I want to share some tips and things that we're implementing into our own home to keep things moving in a positive direction over the next month. 

Dollar Tree Craft Supplies:
One thing I did a few weeks ago was raid the craft section of Dollar Tree and make a little craft station for our kids. I used some mason jars, and the box the mason jars came in to organize all the things we had on hand, and then sorted some small pieces into six different jars. All together we have:
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  • Construction paper
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Paint Brushes
  • Google Eyes
  • Pom Poms
  • Stickers
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Beads
  • String
  • Glitter Glue
I feel like this is a wide variety of items that really lets our kids do whatever they want. Painting, creating, making, they have free will and free range to do it all! When Kinsley starts getting grumpy my go-to is to pull this box out of the cabinet and it turns things around in seconds. 

Learning Workbooks:
Kyle's school sent home all his text books, and a major game plan for how education should pan out over the next few weeks. That being said, we don't have much of a plan for Kinsley (yet). I've been a huge fan of these School Zone Workbooks for ages and they have books for children 3-8 years. If you don't have specific things to work on from your schools, this could be a good starting place to get something done.

That being said, I'm only doing the learning thing because we've been told to do it. If it doesn't work for you, don't feel pressured. We're not making a full blown homeschool curriculum. I'm literally planning on just getting Kyle's work done with him while Kinsley is on the iPad, and then switching and doing Kinsley's flash cards and daily PT stuff with her while Kyle is on the iPad, and then not thinking about school again until the next day. 

Free Coloring Worksheets:
The internet is full of free coloring printables. I love these St Patrick's Day ones that Angela from About A Mom recently made, but you can find other ones for any holiday, character, or occasion you could ever need. 

Come Follow Me FHE:
Angie from Come Follow Me FHE is an amazing resource for LDS Families. She makes weekly lesson plans based off of the church's Come Follow Me lesson plans and gears them towards children. With church being canceled, this is more valuable than ever. She also has a coloring page subscription that you can add to your account where she comes out with new coloring printables each month!

Right now she's offering a 30 day free subscription to her lessons, and sharing time resources as well. Click here for more details.

Board Games:
This is a great way to kill time, and spend time together as a family. I wrote this post a few years ago about our favorite board games for younger kids, this review for Pegs in the Park, and my friend Janssen has this post about board games here.   

Bake with your Kids:
Baking a treat in the kitchen with your kids is one of the best, and tastiest ways I can think of to spend time with your children during the coronavirus. Some of my favorite recipes to make with kids are my sour cream banana bread recipe, these chocolate chip cookies, and this maple frosted applesauce cake. 

Get Dressed Everyday:
I know it can be super tempting to stay in your sweats or PJs all day long when there is downtime like this, but you're going to feel a lot better if you take the time to get dressed and get ready for the day. I really feel like there is power in the, "look good, feel good", mentality.

I also plan on making my kids get dressed, and do their normal school morning routines. Hair, brushing teeth, leg braces for Kinsley, the whole nine yards. Mostly because I don't want to get out of the habit of doing these things, but also so that they're ready when we decide to go outside later in the day.

Get OUTSIDE:
I think a lot of people have this idea that we need to be in our houses hid up from the world for the next 2-3 weeks. Yes, we should not go to school, and avoid social gatherings, but that doesn't mean we can't go outside for a walk, or take our kids to the park. I believe in fresh air and vitamin D, and I'm making that a priority for my entire family each day.

What are you prioritizing these next few weeks? I really want to make this time special for our kids and not feel so pressured to be on a tight schedule! How about you? 


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How To Teach Spelling at Home

If you're wondering how to teach spelling at home, it doesn't need to be complicated. Here are five ways to make spelling at home fun!
Last year was a harder school year for Kyle that led us to doing a lot of digging around his academic performances. While he is super bright and amazingly gifted in a lot of areas, we noticed that spelling was something he was struggling with. We started implementing these five spelling strategies at home, and Kyle's spelling skills have dramatically improved. We're really proud of how far he's come in the last year. 
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How to Teach Spelling at Home

Spell the Words in Shaving Cream:

Remember how much fun it was to clean your desk with shaving cream in grade school? You can totally do this at home on your kitchen table. Give them a bunch of shaving cream on the table, and then let them have fun spelling their words in the shaving cream with their finger. Yes, it does make a small mess, but it's mostly soap anyways, you child will love it, and it will teach spelling in a fun way, while also reinforcing reading and writing.
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Make a Spelling List Word Search: 

Children learn in so many different ways, and word searches help them with seeing, spelling, and learning to read the word. I found an online word search generator that allowed me to paste in his spelling words, make it to the size we wanted, and configure which ways we did and did not want the words to appear in the search, and then it generated the entire thing for us. We set our puzzle up to only show the words going from top to bottom, and from left to right. No diagonals, and no backwards words. The website we love is Word Search Maker.
Since this only gives you the word search, we print out our own list of words separately.  
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Play with your Food:

One of the best ways to teach spelling words is with cheerios or another small cereal. Let your child make out the words with the food. This will help them to both read and spell the word, and it's a fun game that crosses off snack time in one fell swoop. 
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Mock Spelling Tests at Home:

Kyle definitely has a little bit of test anxiety. When the teacher is saying the words and he has to hurry up and write it as fast as he can he sometimes gets a little frazzled. Practicing at home is a great way to help him feel prepared on test day. 

Recite the Spelling back to Parents: 

Lastly, the good old fashion way of simply having your child recite the letters back to you. Spelling is definitely not an everyday endeavor in our house. I find if we do 1-2 fun activities with Kyle, he's usually ready to recite the spelling back to us rather quickly. I also find that simply reciting the spelling back to us helps Kyle recognize spelling patterns, and the sounds in words better than anything else.

Our Spelling Schedule:

On Monday Kyle's teacher emails us the spelling list. I print it out and make the word search for him. He comes home from school and does his word search, shaving cream, or cheerios spelling. And then I'll verbally quiz him on the words. 
Around Wednesday I'll check in with him to make sure he still knows the spelling, and on Thursday nights we'll do a mock spelling test. 
All of this accounts for maybe 20 minutes of the week and doesn't take much time at all!
I'd love to know how you prepare for spelling tests in your home! Let me know in the comments below. 

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Advocating Moms: A Special Needs Parenting Conference

When Kinsley was born, the world of special needs parenting seemed so foreign to me. I didn't know how to advocate for her and her needs, I didn't know what resources were available to us, and I felt like I was constantly swimming in medical debt with no real idea of how to get myself out of it. 


After being in this world for five years, and finding my way through loads of red tape, and seeking out the alternative options, I constantly find myself wanting to share what I've learned with the entire world. I share so much on Instagram, and here on the blog, but I can only do the information so much justice. 

I'm so excited to announce that I have put together a parenting conference that will happen next month in Salt Lake City, UT. There will be four speakers (see bios below!), speaking on sensory systems and behavior, saving money on mobility equipment and other financial resources in the state of Utah, all about IEPs and the special education system, and the importance of recreational therapy and resources for that in our state as well. 

This is something that I've been working hard on for over six months now, and I'm so excited to be able to share my vision, these people, and their knowledge with as many of you as possible. I hope that I can meet many of you at the conference on September 21st and that it can be such an amazing experience that can benefit you and your family. 

Tickets for the conference can be purchased here: tiny.cc/advocatingmoms


Michael J Workman: Michael has been a life saving asset for our family. He is Kinsley's physical therapist, and has been working with her for over a year now. He runs Ability Found, a local foundation that helps people access low cost mobility equipment that they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. He also provides home based pediatric physical therapy in the state of Utah through professionaltherapies.com, and is the Owner of The Bamboo Brace, a dynamic elbow brace that aids in upper extremity function for children and adults suffering from cerebral palsy, stroke, and other neurological disorders. This conference also would not have happened without Michael trusting my vision, and signing off on it for my college internship. He is one of the most generous people you'll ever meet, and is such a wealth of knowledge for this community. 


Wendy Bertagnole: Wendy and I met about a year ago when her family had recently moved back to Utah. She has a master's degree in special education, is the owner of the Exceptional Parenting Podcast, and facilitates a Sensory Solutions parenting course. Wendy is dedicated to helping people understand the root cause of their child's behavior, and explains sensory differences/sensory processing disorder in such a way that anyone can understand it. Her methods and explanations are so simple and effective that you can immediately start implementing them in your home to help your child. 


Brooke Buchanan: I actually met Brooke through Wendy. She is a licensed speech language pathologist, and also happens to be a special needs parent. Her personality is so warm and inviting that you instantly feel like you have a new best friend. She offers a unique perspective as someone who sets goals in IEP meetings for other people's children, and yet has to advocate for her own child in these meetings as well. She will be speaking on how to navigate IEP meetings and the ins and outs of the special education system. 


Andrea Thompson: Andrea is a recreational therapist for the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. When Kinsley was young I often felt sad that she wouldn't get to do sports or fun activities like typically developing children. I didn't know that these were the types of things recreational therapists provided and instantly wanted to know all the places in our community that offer these types of adaptive sports and activities. Andrea will be speaking on services the National Ability Center provides, along with other resources in our state!

I'm so excited about this conference and hope that you can share this with as many people as possible, so we can help make a difference in the lives of some amazing families!

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