Need more info or have questions? Just drop me an email and I'll get back to you, usually within 24 hours. If I can't answer your question, I will try to refer you to a person or website that can. If you don't have a reply from me within 24 hours, check your spam folder. Some email servers filter more aggressively than others.
I'm taking new families for the Fall 2023 school year. I don't have openings at this time any sooner than December 2023, but I do have a waiting list. If someone cancels, I can contact you for possible scheduling, but it's usually quite short notice.
If you'd like to sign up for Peabody testing with me, please include the following info in your message:
The name (as you would like it printed on their scoring report) and current grade level for each child old enough for testing (in Minnesota that's each child who is 7 or older on Oct 1 of your school year)
Who referred you to me for testing (I like to send a thankyou for the referral).
Where you are located- I'm in Minnesota, but can test for families anywhere in the world. We just need to work around time zone differences.
New to Homeschooling or looking for some coaching on new ideas?
We can set up a coaching sessions to talk about options specifically fitting your family situation. Coaching sessions can be 30 or 60 minute, by phone or video conference. There are a lot of options out there. I can help you choose your path and answer your questions. $25 for 30 min or $45 for an hour.
Who am I?
Firstly, I'm a homeschooling mom of 2 now grown sons. We decided on homeschooling when my oldest was just 3 yrs old, and thought we'd see how it went. Quite honestly, we never looked back. It wasn't always a walk in the park. We had friends and relatives who didn't understand our choice. We struggled with the financial ups and downs that come with making this a lifestyle choice. But my degree in Psychology and a fascination with watching them grasp concepts and follow their passions just melded into a completely satisfying way to raise and educate children. And I became convinced that textbooks were about the worst way to learn anything -- but especially if your child is a non-traditional learner (by personality or learning style).
Secondly, I've been a Peabody tester and Homeschool Coach since Jan 2001. I test for homeschoolers in 16 states and 3 other countries and have presented workshops to homeschool parent groups and at statewide conferences encouraging parents to choose their own path. My testing service is part testing, part mentorship/coaching time. This website is meant to offer options for families in a browse-friendly format, available when you need ideas because the current path has hit a roadblock.
If your group is interested in a workshop topic, let me know. We can do them live or over a video conference platform. These topics can also be discussed one on one in a coaching session.
The topics I cover are:
Homeschooling and Taxes: get the credit your deserve (for Mn homeschoolers)
Creative Curriculum: the grade school years
Creative Curriculum for teens
Portfolios: recordkeeping for all ages
What about preschool/kindergarten
Getting Started: what you need to know/ Exploring Homeschooling
Helping Children Who Struggle (Reading, Spelling, and Math)
Understanding Standardized Testing and your options
I'm also happy to host a general Homeschooling Q&A session that can hit on any of these topics and works well for a group that includes newer homeschoolers as well as families with children across the grade levels. For groups- Just email me to set up a session for your group.