About Tina's Learning Adventures
Tina’s Learning Adventures started with a little idea I called “Homeschooling with The Amazing Race” in 2012. (This is still an active Facebook group!)
After a couple of name changes (“Noodle Homeschool” …”Tina’s Adventures” …and finally, “Tina’s Learning Adventures”), changes of focus (virtual courses to IRL local field trips & courses, and back to virtual courses), and finally a move to its own domain name…I finally settled on what you see here!
Who knows what the future holds!
I have MANY ideas for eCourses…many are already in the process of being built! For both kids AND parents!
And of course, there is my new MEMBERSHIP COMMUNITY which has so much exciting things getting started!
So stay tuned for exciting NEW LEARNING ADVENTURES TO COME!
Growing up in the military, quite literally all over the world, created in me an adventurous personality that thrives on getting to know new people and is always up for a new challenge!
Having a father that was a pastor/chaplain taught me how to lead groups and organize activities as well as led to my passion for teaching. (However, I have not been religious since my early 20s.)
I have always adored working with children of all ages… I was the 8th grader spending every spare moment babysitting when other girls my age were having sleepovers. Most of my work experience has involved children in one way or another. My passion, however, is for working with preschoolers and producing developmentally-appropriate learning environments / programs for them. It’s what led me to get my bachelor’s degree in child development.
I became interested in homeschooling before my oldest was conceived in 2000. Due to my experience working in a variety of high-quality education programs, I knew that education could be so much more than what I saw in our local public school. So I started surrounding myself with my local homeschool community from the time my oldest was born. My 2 kids have always been homeschooled.
I am passionate about developmentally appropriate practice for early childhood… When my oldest was a toddler, I focused on setting up a highly enriching play environment in our home. I know from my background in child development that this focus on setting up the environment is especially important in the early years. When done well (and this does NOT have to cost a lot of money!), this creates a nurturing, creative, immersive, and sensory play learning environment appropriate to their level of brain development.
Put all of the above information together, add in many more life adventures and years, a wide variety of work experience working with kids of all ages over the years…a couple of decades of marriage to a wonderfully goofy guy, 2 wacky kids (now mostly grown), all that they have taught me from being their mom and sprinkle in many years of homeschooling with a STRONG dash of ADHD (both me and at least one of my kiddos) and MIX WELL…
And you now have the older, even-more-open-to-adventurous-ideas (with a fair bit more experience under my belt to temper things now) version of ME.
And here's why I can make a difference in YOUR homeschooling:
- I know what a struggle it is to find nonreligious homeschool resources for our secular households. You won’t struggle to adjust anything found on my site because *I* am secular, therefore, there will NEVER be any underlying religious content. EVER. At the same time…I am also not going to bash religious beliefs. So if you are religious, you will also find value in my content!
NOTE: I am also not “neutral”, so I am not going to remove any topics that I feel are essential (such as evolution, when it is relevant) just to reach a broader audience.
I have struggled greatly with my own homeschooling because of MY quirky brain. I “GET” how hard it is to try to be organized and stay on task with a routine. When I’m writing for parents, I write with myself in mind because it’s what I know. I think even neurotypical people benefit from the techniques that help those of us with non-neurotypical brains.
…and I suspect my other child is likely also ADHD. This has helped me to see what does and doesn’t work for kids that live with ADHD brains. And it makes me constantly think about what these children would benefit from in my content. I try to constantly create content with the ADHD brain in mind. Short engaging videos, lots of hands-on activities, engaging topics, text that is broken up constantly with space, and different sized/colored letters to make them easier for the ADHD brain to read. Again, I think everyone can benefit from this.
I have been doing it, and doing it a LOT, for well over a decade! I have had a whole heckuva lot of practice! And I have become REALLY GOOD at it! And I LOVE doing it! Let me help YOU!
I am only just getting started creating my products! I have a whole gigantic list full of ideas I have already come up with of things I want to make. I just have to find the time to make them! And I KNOW that there are going to still be many many more fantastic ideas to come!
The possibilities are absolutely endless with this ADHD brain of mine! It never stops whirring, thinking of new cool things to do!
Questions? Email me!
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Take some work off your hands!
I’ve done the work for you so you can enjoy the activities WITH your kids!
(Or take a much-needed break!)