Date Night On The Cheap

Date Night On The Cheap

Episode 253

Date night on the cheap is something both Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis have experienced. In this episode, Felice and Meredith share ideas that will help you leave the excuses behind. Date night can be fun and cheap!

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Meredith’s Ideas: Date Night On the Cheap

  1. Walks in the park: enjoy time alone at your favorite park. Make it your time and enjoy each other’s company. Cost, nothing!
  2. Surprise picnic lunch with nice plates, napkins, and fizzy drinks. Pack your favorite foods, or something simple. Use your nice silverware, plates and cloth napkins and tablecloths. Dress up and enjoy!
  3. Coffee in a beautiful hotel – Meredith shared that they couldn’t afford a meal in an expensive, yet very beautiful hotel nearby. So, instead, they decided to have coffee and dessert, going at an “off time” when the hotel wasn’t too busy. This is one of their favorite date-time-places on the cheap.
  4. Date night, dancing in the parking lot – crank up the music and enjoy dancing with your spouse under the stars. The ambiance is beautiful and the company perfect!
  5. Reading old love letters: what better way to have a date night on the cheap than by reading old love letters, lots of giggles, laughs, and kisses!

Felice’s Ideas: Date Night On the Cheap

  1. Walk on the beach – one of a favorite date night on the cheap. Gas to go, parking which is inexpensive and a few beach chairs and some drinks in a cooler. Watch the sunset
  2. Dinner, trying small out of the way places
  3. Home with the children making your meal
  4. Weekend deals – set up hotel alerts
  5. Recreating past dates

Books by Meredith:

Special Replay: The Best Way to Teach Reading

best way to teach readingThe almost militant battle of how to best teach reading has been waged over the last 150+ years with proponents from both sides being adamant about their recommendations.  As the reading curriculum pendulum has swung back and forth from phonics to sight to phonics the controversy roars on with little attention given to anything except technique. This narrow view of reading has resulted in millions of individuals being diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading and language delays.

With the introduction of learning styles even more reading techniques abound.  Phonics is an auditory approach to reading. One must hold each sound in auditory short-term memory long enough to get the word “sounded out”. If the child’s auditory short-term memory (processing) is low, phonics doesn’t work well, and the parents typically finds themselves moving from one phonics program to the next.  This is often the case in the home school community because phonics is viewed as “THE” best way to teach reading.  Don’t get me wrong; I love phonics and it is a terrific way to teach reading IF the child has good auditory processing. If not, there is frustration, tears and feelings of low self-esteem.

A visual learner might pick up sight words easily but struggle with phonics because of the learner’s visual bend.  For the tactile learner, reading is a real challenge as it is time consuming and inefficient to create each word you need to learn out of pipe cleaners or the like.

In this episode, the Brain Coach will give you tips on what functions must be working well in the brain for reading to take place as she reveals the best way to teach reading.


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Easy Way Curriculum Planning

easy way curriculum planningEasy Way Curriculum Planning

Episode 252

Curriculum Planning The Easy Way?

It never gets old, the feeling of excitement OR dread when you are planning your homeschool curriculum. What is curriculum? It is the books, and the methodology you will use to homeschool your children. I won’t go into all the styles of homeschooling, this has been done in other podcasts.

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Easy Way Curriculum Planning: An overview of methods are and links to these podcasts on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network are as follows:

Charlotte Mason

Classical Method

Unit Studies

Principle Approach

Textbook and Workbook

Unschooling and Delayed Academics

Homeschooling Elementary Years

Homeschooling Middle School

Homeschooling 101

There are more, and that is an eclectic approach mixing some of these methods. For example, I used the Unit Study method for the majority of the elementary years, but I supplemented it with textbooks when needed or unschooling, in allowing the children to pursue or go off on tangents that interested them – or an idea that was sparked by our unit study. This type of learning is the most effective because the children are excited to learn and that is when most “real” learning takes place. I notice this now in my older children. My son was interested in weaponry – making weapons after studying ancient history. This carried on in later years and my son has made throwing stars, and knives out of steel, a sword, a bow and arrow, and display cases. It is a fun hobby that he does in his spare time.

My daughter, on the other hand, learned her love for oceanography after studying about the topic and went on to Scuba dive, getting her advanced certificates while in college. This daughter has gone on to homeschool her children.

We are going to take a quick commercial break and when we come back we will discuss planning your year – using the 4-Square Planning Method. We’ll be right back.


Okay – where were we? Planning your Curriculum.

  1. Decide your method. Which will you select? It really depends on the method of homeschooling you select on how to plan your curriculum. Here I’m assuming you have the curriculum in hand or are thinking about what you want to do for the coming year. If you study the different methods of homeschooling, textbooks, unit studies or unschooling the variety of options are endless. Regardless to your method you still need to accomplish, even if you are unschooling – that is not using any set curriculum and using student-led topics, you still need to accomplish learning for the year. This needs to be planned at some point and scheduled. If you are using the Classical approach there are various cycles, so you want to look at your student’s age/grade and figure out where they are in the study or approach. Charlotte Mason uses experiential, literature and nature studies. For the Principal each subject is based on Biblical principles and students are taught to think and reason using a Christian worldview and ideas using a notebook method to research, reason, relate and record. It still requires books which takes us to the next point.
  2. Look at how many weeks you will schedule your homeschool. Typically we homeschool 180 days of school, 5 days a week, for a total of 36 weeks. Just divide the number of days a week you want to homeschool into 180 days of school and that will help you. I used a yearly calendar and circled the days we would school in pencil. Just think! There are 52 weeks in the school year. If you homeschool 36 of those weeks it gives you plenty of downtime – time to take a break.
  3. Look at your books – where will you begin? It is different if you are using different methods. Here are some example of two methods I am most familiar with and ways to set them up.
  4. Textbook/workbook – take the number of days you will homeschool, the number of pages in the book and divide the number of pages by days. So if there are 320 pages in your child’s math book and 180 days it will take 1.7 days to complete – so, doing 2 pages per day will allow you to complete the book in 160 days which gives you 20 days of cushion. Cushion time: This is a great relief to homeschool families, to have the time to get ahead of if you take a break, you’ll know how many days you can miss without getting behind.
  5. Unit study – plan your topics for the year. Then, decide how many weeks you will use to study the unit. The best unit studies take at least 6-8 weeks of study. My own Creation Study Guides used this method.  In this amount of time, you can read about the topic, do science or history projects and really delve into the topic thoroughly.
  6. Schedule in time for breaks such as field trips — Schedule time for vacations. Even staycations. Also include breaks for planning, planning time for long weekends, vacations
  7. Field trips were a big part of our homeschool and needs a number all of its own. You can schedule your field trips around the topics you are studying or just schedule your field trip as a stand-alone. We studied the ancient Greeks and Romans and then we decided to visit various restaurants to sample Greek and Roman foods.

Easy Way Planning

easy way planningEasy Way Planning

Podcast 251

In this episode,  Easy Way Planning, Felice discusses a system she recently began using to plan her day, her week, her month, and her year. And, it really works well. Taking a simple approach to planning helps keep the family and life in general organized. Add a journal and you are all set to a wonderful method of keeping life straight. Even in those times when nothing seems to go right.

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Show Notes:

Easy Way Planning

Planning is a tool we use to feel a sense of accomplishment. Many times our days consist of putting out fires and getting the kids fed and dressed! And sometimes we just settle for fed. Accidents happen, plans change and often we feel frazzled. I learned several secrets during my years of homeschooling and working from my home. I learned that if I put it on a list, even if I never looked at that list again, I remembered it. I also learned some of the things below:

  1. Plans are meant to be broken. Don’t stress if everything does not get finished in one day. God willing there is tomorrow.
  2. Planning my homeschool schedule one year in advance is the best gift I can give myself. Many times I went to the plan when I felt lost. If something didn’t work out for us, no problem! I shifted gears and skipped ahead… and then added to the list.
  3. During my planning time, my children enjoyed movies, crafts and play time. I hired a babysitter, typically the kid next door or my husband watched the children on a weekend so I could think.


    Easy Way Planning


    Pray daily

    Bible reading

    Time to listen to God

    Podcast: A few minutes with God podcast (*wink—I host this podcast!)




    Specific academic goals

    Assign chores



    Subjects for the week

    Reading/ writing assignments


    Special events/field trips

    Check off lists filled out daily



    Weekly menu

    Grocery shopping

    Cleaning schedule


    washing/ folding clothes  schedule


    You can do this for the year – start big and scale down – to monthly, then weekly and then daily.

    There are things we need to do each day, depending on your season in life … with little ones your days are pretty much tied to their schedule, what their needs are like eating, changing and naps. As the children get older they become more independent (if you help them to be independent) and can do more on their own, without so much concentrated help.

    The four areas that may be in a 4-Square Page — a homeschool family will always be: Faith, Kids, School and Household.

    When planning I was sure to bundle activities. One day for errands and field trips. That was it. I was always tempted to run to the store for one thing or another, but I learned that if I did this I would lose precious time of homeschooling.

    1. Emails and computer time was at lunchtime. Even with a business, there was absolutely nothing that could not wait. (Yes, even a downed website could do without me for three or four hours.) I put my family first.
    2. Unit studies were a gift from God. I could teach multi-aged and multi-levels all at the same time, with various additions such as a grade-specific math and reading book. Otherwise, we learned as a family.
    3. Field trips were another blessing. We arranged our homeschool learning around our trips as much as possible, reading library books and building our own home library. The children illustrated, took pictures and created their own memory books after each of these outings.
    4. Hands-on learning was important no matter what the age of the child. Whether it was a mechanical toy, or paper body parts they put together or a chemistry, biology or physics lab as they got older. Experiential learning was important for long-term memory.
    5. Memorization charts are a fun way to learn facts as a family. I made it a game. A bird chart of various types of birds, and I allowed the children to study these charts daily. Then came the quiz on Friday (orally) as I pointed to each bird and the children excitedly named them one-by-one. I used this technique with parts of speech, the periodic table of elements, biology, etc.
    6. My children had their own chore and school subject check-off list. They could show dad or me each day their accomplishments especially for subjects they handled on their own such as math or writing. I gave rewards when they were younger for completed check off lists. They could select a meal or a movie we would all watch as a family. Believe me, we often had 3 movies to watch in one weekend because all three of the younger children (my most competitive kids) would complete their lists and chores.


    Just quickly – I wanted to hit more on journaling but will need to cover this further in another podcast. One thing to remember about daily journaling, it helps you take a snapshot look at your day and assess what went well and what you’d like to change it will help you pinpoint what needs to happen in the future. I didn’t like journaling at night – it got me thinking and then it was difficult to sleep – so I would journal in the morning.

    Podcasts for journaling that are faith-related:

    A. Answered prayer through journaling

    B. Journal How-To

    However, you use this planner I pray that you relax and use this time to enjoy your children. I had two children, a space of twelve years before I had the next three. So, basically, I had two families with the same husband! I got a “do over!” I could improve my homeschool methods over the first two, I could change and do some of the things I had hoped to do but never accomplished with the older ones as well. This planner is a reflection of some of the changes I implemented. I’m sure you can add your own as well. Happy “easy way” planning!









Life Hacks Traveling and First Aid

life hacks traveling and first aidLife Hacks Traveling and First Aid

Episode 250

Traveling with kids can be stressful and with these traveling and first aid life hacks this is an easier way to make things happen.

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Show Notes: Life Hacks for Traveling and First Aid:

Previous Show on Life Hacks for Home and School Here

Traveling Homeschool Life Hacks: 

  1. Traveling with children can we a wonderful time to make memories. One of my favorite traveling life hacks is to have a bag or a backpack ready ahead of time with essential items such as wet wipes, napkins and tissues, quick and nutritious snacks, first-aid items such as band-aids, ointment, (one of my favorites is melaleuca oil), sunscreen, binoculars, and storage bags for “treasures” your children want to keep.
  2. For suitcases – tie a ribbon to identify yours quickly. Yes, it has worked for me for years and guess what? I learned this from my parents. We always had a bright ribbon on our bags and not trouble spotting them.
  3. Another life hack – free bags on your plane. If you have a small carry on and really wanted to check it, most of the time that can be free when you are on an overbooked or full flight. They will make an announcement soon before boarding and check your bag for free. I only like to do this on a non-connecting flight, however, if I am traveling home I will check it. Free is always good!
  4. Set up a alert. This tidbit I learned from a check-out guy at the grocery store. I set up Skyscanner alerts from our airport RSW to the airport where I want to arrive. I get alerts when the price goes up or down. I have saved hundreds of dollars on flights this way. All airlines are compared.
  5. Take a picture with your smartphone of a business card, or important number so you can find it later in your photos. I use this idea for recipes as well.
  6. Take a photo of your parking spot so you won’t forget where you park! Or better yet when you shop at regular locations always park in the same place, it will help you remember which I learned from a lady who followed us on the way out of a store one day and overheard me telling my kids I had no idea where I parked.

First Aid Life Hacks:

  1. Use meat tenderizer for bug stings. Even works for ant bites. Mix a teaspoon full of meat tenderizer with water and put on the bite. Watch for an allergic reaction. If you use homeopathic remedies use
  2. This idea works great! Use frozen vegetables such as peas or mixed vegetables as ice packs. Place it in a thin cloth or washcloth that is wet. It works amazingly well and you can refreeze it as needed or store it for a long time. Just be sure to label these bags so you don’t eat them!
  3. Homeopathic remedies such as Belladonna and Aconite for the first sign of a cold.
  4. A great cold remedy. Vitamin C for colds. Take as needed. 500 mg for adults. Also liquid drops from the health food store of echinacea – or echinacea tablets with zinc. Both have been lifesavers in our family. We use DoTerra drops such as OnGuard at the first sign of a cold. If you want to order some, go here: DoTerra – Felice Gerwitz
  5. Neem spray. Keep this to ward off mosquitoes and biting insects.
  6. Homeopathic advice and great remedies! Be sure to listen to HomeopathyforMommiesPodcast — great tips on natural remedies.

Life Hacks Home and School

Life Hacks Home and SchoolLife Hacks Home and School

Episode 249

Are you ready for some life hacks for home and school? Life hacks are those little bits of advice that make your life go so much smoother. Some are little known and others are tried and true. In this episode Felice Gerwitz shares some life hacks she has found useful for her family, home, homeschool, traveling and first aid.

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Life Hacks for Home and School

Home Life Hacks:

  1. Reduction of clutter – keep things simple and neat. It is amazing that when you keep things clean it is easier to find and put away.
  2.  Daily to-do lists. Keep laundry to one day, shopping and errands on another and lessons for another day, or stack these “away” events to one day.
  3. Work as a team and as a family — enlist the help of your husband and kids. Or trade with a friend and watch each other’s kids.
  4. Multi-task or bundle activities. Clean while listening to CD’s or stream a podcast, watch an educational program while folding laundry.
  5. Troubleshoot what robs you of time – things such as running errands can take up so much time. Plan to run your errands on one day by hitting several places on the way.
  6. Overplanning can be a way to experience burn out. Try not to over plan. Try one event per day as a way to avoid burn out.
  7. Do you have carpet in your house? If you do in the main areas you will find the best way to keep your carpets clean is the no-shoe policy. Kids wearing socks is another way to avoid dirty floors.
  8. Clean up as you go — and teach your children to clean up as well. Keep towels off the floor, take plates off the table, rinse and place in the dishwasher. Clean up the sink in the bathroom after brushing your teeth, or make beds the first thing. Do little tasks as you go all day, this helps tremendously!
  9. Tired of folding all your clothes? Do you have closet space? Hang clothes on hangers to keep from folding them, if you lack space use thin hangers.
  10. Take a poll and ask your children what they’d like to do —you may be surprised at the chores your children select. And, the bonus is kids who do chores without complaining.

Life Hacks For Home and School:

Life Hacks for School:

  1. Plan your year ahead of time. Being organized helps you for all those times that life unexpectedly happens. Especially after a holiday break or an illness in the family.
  2. What robs your time? Social media is number one. As much as possible avoid social media.
  3. Routines work. Keep things organized. Return your papers, pencils, and books to their right place each day.
  4. Check off lists work! Especially for your kids. You can accomplish much each day, especially if you can see where you need to catch up or makeup work. Each evening for accountability show dad.
  5. Time to think — allow your children time to spend to “think” — to develop hobbies, read or discover something they are passionate about. Little ones need help and you can do this by providing toys for exploration.
  6. Teach your children something new each day and have your older children to teach the younger ones.

Planning For The New Year

planning for the new yearPlanning for the New Year

Episode 248

Each new year we plan so many things and most are undoable. Yes, we over plan or think we can do more than we can accomplish and therefore often feel a letdown or disappointment when things don’t turn out as we plan. So, for this new year, I’ve brought back a method that works for someone as imperfect as me…and that is my four-square method. If you are on our mailing list you’ve received a link to this year’s planner. It includes the four-square printable.

In this episode, learn how I use the four square method to make my life simpler and allow homeschool and home life to go as smoothly as possible. It does take a little advanced planning but it is so worth it.

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Show Notes:

Four Square Method – Planning for the New Year


Pray daily

Bible reading

Time to listen to God


Listen to A Few Minutes with God Podcast



Spiritual / Character

Specific Academic Goals

Assign Chores


Subjects for the weeks

Reading/ Writing / Assignments


Special Events/ Field Trips


Weekly Menu

Grocery Shopping

Cleaning Schedule


Washing / Folding Clothes/ Schedule

Homeschool Life Hacks

homeschool life hacksLet’s Make This The Best Year Ever ~ Homeschool Life Hacks

by Felice Gerwitz

Life is hard enough without making things more difficult and through the years I’ve discovered some amazing ways to make life, especially homeschool life easier with these homeschool life hacks. First, I discovered many of these ideas by accident and second, I’m not a perfectionist. Fair warning for those of you who are, therefore let it be known that I believe perfection is best left for those who do not homeschool!

I once read that successful people make their beds each day. It gives them a sense of accomplishment that carries on throughout the day. Do this yourself and teach your children to do this one chore each day. It will make an immediate difference in your life. Another great tip is to ask children to do simple tasks first. This builds their confidence early in the day and a sense of, “I can do this!”

Here is one audio on homeschool hacks and another is coming soon.

I’ve divided my ideas for homeschool life hacks into various categories. One is the home, the second is the homeschool and the third is traveling and fourth is first aid. So many times we lose track of what needs to be completed in a timely manner and with just a tiny bit of tweaking, we can make great gains in the process. One way is to fine-tune our list making. This is a great boon to any life-hack idea as well as homeschool tips and tricks along the way.

Homeschool Life Hacks: The Home

  1. Reduce clutter – the number one way to stay sane as a homeschool mom is to remember that less is more. All those great nick-nacks from field trips or your great-aunt-Margaret? Give them or store them away! Dusting these items takes precious time.
  2.  Monday is for laundry- folding and putting away, Tuesday dusting and floors, Wednesday food shopping – grill or casserole day, Thursday lessons and Friday for field trips and make-up day. Saturday is mega cooking for the week and events, Sunday a day of rest and worship. Of course, your routine may look different but keep it similar so there is less thinking and accomplishments and more doing.
  3. Work as a team. Enlist the children’s help and you will accomplish much. Or, enlist a friend with kids your children’s age. Take turns watching toddlers while another friend shops, cleans, or works on homeschool lessons.
  4. Bundle and multi-task. There is much to be said about multi-tasking if it is done correctly. Fold clothes while listening to little ones read. Make dinner while the little ones play with blocks nearby.
  5. Errands: plan them to hit different places en route and on one day.
  6. Do not over plan. Often one event per day is enough to avoid burn-out.
  7. Have kids wear socks in the house, or take off their shoes. For years when I had carpet, I never had it cleaned because we had a no-shoe-indoors policy. It cuts down on the wear and tear as well as clean up.
  8. Teach children to clean up after themselves. No towels on the floor, clean up sink in the bathroom after they brush their teeth. Make beds upon rising, etc. Minimize tasks by doing them immediately.
  9. Hang up all your shirts to keep from folding them. Use thin hangers. Use hangers with multi-clips for pants.
  10. Ask your children what chores they want to do — surprisingly my kids all liked jobs that no one else wanted to do, for example, one liked to empty the dishwasher and another sweep and mop floors, another taking out the trash! If your kids like their chores they will do them willingly.

Homeschool LifeHacks for the Homeschool:

  1. Prepare ahead. There is nothing like knowing what you are doing for the year, ahead of time. It helps for those days you are ill or can’t remember where you are after a holiday break.
  2. Stay off of social media. Yes, I mean you mom! The minute you check emails or Facebook, just “real quick” you will lose precious time. This goes for the children as well.
  3. Keep a routine for school and home. Use Monday – Friday as subject days.
  4. Divide your books by the number of days in your school year (approx. 180) to figure out how many pages you must complete daily, or pages you should read to finish a book.
  5. Spread out the subjects every other day. For example Monday – Wednesday for language arts and science and Tuesday, Thursday for history and reading. Monday – Friday for Bible daily and math. In this way, you can accomplish so much more because you are not attempting to complete each subject each day.
  6. Do not, and I stress do not leave your home on a school day. Keep errands for after school. This one tip will guarantee a productive homeschool day.
  7. Everything has a “home” … clean up your school area daily. Be sure to return papers, pencils, and books to the proper place. It makes starting each day so much more pleasant.
  8. Use a check off list for your kids. This is worth its weight in gold! You can see at a glance what has been accomplished daily and see where you need to catch up or makeup work. Show it to dad when he gets home for accountability!
  9. Allow your children to have time off each day. Set aside what I call, “Time to think.” In this way your children can develop hobbies, read or discover a passion. You may need to help little ones by providing some toys for exploration only for this time.
  10. Encourage your older children to teach the younger ones something new each day. It reinforces their knowledge and allows them to remember things better by teaching a sibling. If there is not a younger sibling you can have the child teach a friend or even another parent, aunt, uncle, etc.

Traveling Homeschool Life Hacks: 

  1. When traveling with kids, remember to pre-pack a bag or backpack ahead of time with essentials such as wipes, snacks, first-aid, binoculars, and plastic bags for “treasures” you want to bring home.
  2. For suitcases – tie a ribbon to identify yours quickly.
  3. Take a picture of a business card, or important number so you can find it later in your photos.
  4. Batteries dead? Drop about six inches above a hard surface. If they bounce once they are still good. If they bounce all over the place they are drained or soon will be drained.
  5. Put batters in squeeze bottles to pour without a mess. I use this technique for pancakes and waffles. I also freeze the leftovers for a quick breakfast when needed.
  6. The back of the door is an amazing space saver. I use clear shoe hangers to store cleaning supplies or even clothes for the kids. I also use closet storage systems to free up closet space. With little kids, put one week’s clothing all in one drawer. No thinking, just pull out the pile to dress the child. A sibling can help with this.
  7. Mega cooking. This works if you do it in this way. Every time you make one meal triple the recipe and freeze the rest. I do this for lasagna, cookie dough, pulled pork, ground beef, etc. It makes mealtime planning so easy and I do not need one entire day to cook. Use a pressure cooker (insta-pot) to hurry your meal along! Yes, you can do this with a large family. It works great. The lasagna I made in October was served through January!
  8. Use a pool noodle on the edge of a bed with a fitted sheet to keep little ones from rolling off.
  9. Use clothespins to keep chips, crackers, bread tied shut.
  10. Take a photo of your parking spot so you won’t forget where you park! Or better yet when you shop at regular locations always park in the same place, it will help you remember.

First Aid Life Hacks:

  1. Use meat tenderizer for bug stings. Even works for ant bites. Mix a teaspoon full of meat tenderizer with water and put on the bite. Watch for an allergic reaction.
  2. For ice packs: use frozen vegetables such as peas or mixed vegetables. Place it in a pillowcase. Works great. Refreeze as needed.
  3. Homeopathic remedies such as Belladonna and Aconite for the first sign of a cold.
  4. Vitamin C for colds. Take as needed. 500 mg for adults.
  5. Neem spray. Keep this to ward off mosquitoes and biting insects.
  6. Listen to HomeopathyforMommiesPodcast — great tips on natural remedies.

Special Replay: Neuroplasticity – Rewiring The Brain

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Special Replay: Neuroplasticity – Rewiring The Brain with Dr. Jan Bedell

Podcast #19

Neuroplasticity, hmm? Do we really have to use such an unfamiliar word?  Yes, to describe the amazing gift that God has given us we can start with a big word and break it down.  It really is quite simple – “neuro” is having to do with the brain and “plasticity” is the ability to change.  Our brains are changing all the time. This is really good news when you have a struggling learner or a child with a label like dyslexia, ADD, ADHD or autism.  The key is knowing how to fuel the brain with the right kind of stimulation so it builds new pathways.  From these new pathways, the brain can receive, organize, process and store information well enough to bring it out and use it in everyday life.  With the right kind of stimulation, your brain can take little developmental steps to achieve giant strides in academics and overall function.  That is what happens when you use the products and services of Little Giant Steps.

In this episode, you will hear the experience of a teacher that had taught first grade for 17 years before using The NeuroDevelopmental Approach in her classroom in year 18.  It made a huge difference for her students and can make a difference for you and your family as well.  Applying just a little information can make all the difference in your child’s future.  We shouldn’t leave out the adults either!  It is never too late to change the brain.  Two ladies in their 50’s, one a reading tutor and the other a Montessori teacher who had always struggled with reading comprehension, raised their reading comprehension score by 3 ½ years in only four months’ time.   And guess what? They didn’t do any specific reading program.  All it took was organization and specific stimulation to the brain and their abilities radically changed.


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Special Christmas Show: TRUE Love of Christ for Mom


HSMtale2 Merry Christmas from Vintage Homeschool Moms!  Back in 2013, Felice Gerwitz shared a story she wrote especially for you, the busy and weary mom. Felice writes a tale of a woman you can probably identify with at some point of your journey as a wife and mother. She writes about the transformation that takes place when this woman places herself totally into the hands of Christ.

We hope you enjoy this special story – and share it with your friends!



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