Saturation and Erosion

On vacation a few years ago, my wife and I went to Snoqualmie Falls near Seattle. It is a truly beautiful waterfall with breathtaking views and a nice trail down to the bottom of the falls.  I will forever remember the rocks where the water hits every day for years upon years and the gradual […]

Maintain the Enthusiasm

boy jumping in enthusiasm

The start of school is coming, and people are gearing up for a great year. The staff is posting pictures on social media of their decorated classrooms and ensuring everyone knows about “Meet the Teacher” night. The anticipation of the new school year is something even the most seasoned veteran relishes. Unfortunately, the research is […]

Kids as Clients!


Recently, I had to go to the DMV to update my driver’s license. It was an hour of my life I will never get back, and it is safe to assume that nobody will model their customer satisfaction systems after the DMV.  One should not have to take an afternoon off from work to get […]



Modern-day students have grown up on video games, and gamification and know “what the score is” at all times. Most people tend to do better when they know where they are in relation to a goal or even someone else’s position. One of the things we have seen from MindPlay implementation is students love the leaderboard […]

Student Learning Pace Matters

step by step

Teaching a classroom full of students guarantees part of the students are lost, part are bored, and a few are making learning gains. Students who are lost would benefit from more and differentiated instruction. Bored students need a challenge and an opportunity to move on! All this relates to pace and choice. The more accurately […]

Data Worth Publishing or Rather…. Saturating

Since the age of big data has arrived, we have seen immense changes to our culture and to every industry. Even in the physical activity of sports, there have been changes to the way games are played using analytics. Professional baseball teams are now completely focused on data analytics. Data-driven instruction has become a buzzword in […]

Reading Independence with MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach

(The following was originally published on Do you have a child who struggles with reading? Get her on the road to reading independence with MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach.  This post was sponsored by MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach. I received complementary access to the program and was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. Kids don’t […]

How We Use Online Learning to Help Struggling Readers

(The following was originally published on Are you trying to help struggling readers in your homeschool? Take a look at how we use MindPlay to build fluency skills. My kids come from a long line of readers. My grandmothers and mother love to read, and I was a certifiable literary nerd in high school and […]

Online Tool for Struggling Readers

(The following was originally published on I’ve mentioned before that Sophie struggled to read, and I felt like a failure as both a homeschool mom and a parent. We kept working though, and once everything clicked I never find her without a book in her hand! Bella, having listened to her sister complain about reading is now […]

MindPlay Literacy for Dyslexic Learners

(The following was originally published on Homeschooling with Dyslexia and Struggling Readers Dyslexia is a challenge. It is also a gift of sorts, allowing the person to view the world in a different way. Learning to build our homeschool curriculum choices around dyslexia has been a rewarding and sometimes frustrating journey. Because Mr. T wants […]