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February 22, 2018

Goodbye Flu! This week I am getting back into the groove of things. Over the weekend we enjoyed a day out at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center with some of my daughter's gymnastics team. What a great way to mix up some emotional and academic wellness in the lives of a few young athletes! An aquarium is a great way to end a unit of Marine Science for just about any homeschool age! Movies like "Finding Nemo" and books are abundant on this topic. Marine science unit studies can be easily made or purchased at teacherpayteachers for an even more in depth study. Or you can even check out a Marine Science class on Outschool.

Keeping homeschool interesting and fun is a homeschooling luxury that we can use to promote further wellness in the education of our children! It's why most of us love homeschooling. Field trips, like the one mentioned above, can be rolled into a week long Marine Science Unit or if you are feeling creative (but you are not creative), you can sign your st...

February 18, 2018

Whoa! What a week! You may have even noticed that this post is publishing a little late! After my last post about how scheduling helps us stay on track during unforeseen family emergencies, I thought I was headed home to start getting our homeschool and our family life back to the normal everyday groove! Little did I know, I was probably writing that post during the incubation period of influenza B! I assume I picked up this little bug at the hospital while checking out the beautiful Florida landscape. Talk about taking you out of the loop! So, did you get your flu shot? I did, but apparently they are reporting only 17% effectiveness this year. As a transplant patient with a weakened immune system, 17% just isn't gonna cut it! 

On the bright side, I am happy to report that I am sitting in a hotel room in Virginia Beach, getting ready to cheer on a group of talented young gymnasts at the "Excalibur Cup" and I am prepped to teach a group of kiddos all about h...

February 8, 2018

Looking out over the lush treetops of Jacksonville, you could almost forget you are viewing it from the 8th floor of the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic.

That's the point though, to be aware of the beauty that surrounds us in every moment, whether it be times of challenge or times of ease. Challenge and gratefulness are the best two words to describe this past week. Last week I wrote the weekly blogpost from the Baltimore airport, on my way to help family with a medical issue. My return flight, however, is long gone. 

If you are familiar with my coaching philosophy, realistic wellness is the key and it's times like this that have developed this philosophy. Real life is not simple, it is complex. In order to create wellness that lasts, we focus on skills that help us focus on positive, realistic wellness. This week was tough. When we talked to doctors, we acknowledged the tough feelings, but focused on what was good. As a homeschool parent, I focused on what was working...

February 3, 2018

I am literally writing this a second time because the airport wifi just knocked me out of the system and my entire blogpost did not save! As I teach my students in "The Gratitude Project" we must focus on what is working, not on what is not working. So, I will focus on the fact that I have a laptop, I have wifi (sorta) and I am sipping my favorite coffee. I am also waiting to fly to Florida where I will be able to help out other family members, something not everyone can just pick up and go do. Today, I am thankful for a work from home career that is mobile! 

Activities, Planning and Positive Thinking 

The National Archive in Washington DC was the highlight of the week. We attended a military promotion ceremony that was conducted right in front of the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence. This was an easy one to mix into the homeschool academic curriculum, especially when you throw in checking out The Magna Carta and a wonderful display educating people on America's...

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