These Learning Activities Can Help
Develop Important School Skills

Hi, I'm Tracey, a homeschooling mom of 3 with a background in occupational therapy (OT).

My desire for this website was to inspire parents with simple learning activities that would help their kids develop the skills they need for formal schooling.

So many "foundations" need to be in place before children are ready to read, write, and do math. My hope is that the activities on my website can help your child get those foundation skills in place.

Most of the activities are easy to do at home and most of them don't use fancy equipment or resources.


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Tips For Doing These Learning Activities At Home

Please Note: Doing the activities on this site is not a substitute for an evaluation and intervention by a qualified occupational therapist!

Please read my article on Occupational Therapy vs "Therapy" Activities At Home to understand why I say that!

If you decide to use any of the OT Mom activities, here are some tips for getting the most out of them:

  • If your child struggles with an activity, then try and make it easier, or simply drop it and try something different. Come back to the original activity in a week or two.
  • Give lots of encouragement and praise good attempts, even if they are not perfect. “You almost did it, well done!” “That was much better!” “Today is even better than yesterday!” “That was a good try!”
  • Check your child's positioning and posture and encourage them to do activities in a controlled way, not in a sloppy way.
  • Who has a good relationship with your child? Sometimes we parents can get stressed over how well our child is doing, and we have less patience than we ought to.
    Perhaps a grandparent, sympathetic teenage relative or friend would be able to spend a regular 10 minutes doing some of these focused activities with your child?

Some parents also ask why their child may need to do extra activities in the first place, if they have been referred by a teacher.

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