How I Teach Upside Down Children Language Arts


I walked into the vets office the other week to pickup our cat and dog after a week in Hilton Head at the Disney Resort.  The young girl at the desk said “oh you are here to pick up the wild children.”  I was like “What?”  The dog yes, but my sweet cat?  She laughed and said your sweet cat tried to attack ever dog that walked by.  We laughed.  I said “God has not given me any easy children or animals.”

Our kids are not easy.   They are not quiet.  They don’t sit still.  Things come out of their mouths that I am just in awe of where on earth this stuff comes from.  Isaiah was talking at 2, compete sentences.  Where Robby, my 12-year-old, was struggling at 4.  AnnieQ can carry on a compete conversation like an adult, but with in 5 minutes talk like a 2-year-old.

When it comes to writing it is a totally different world. There is a huge struggle we are facing. Robby is finally enjoying writing, but only on his terms.  AnnieQ is a worksheet child.  Isaiah is not.

And something else about our house (besides the two babies) it is never quiet.  I think I mentioned that.  My kids are up and down.  I can keep them focused for a while and then off they go.  It is a struggle some days to get school work down.

So with that said I have learned more about my children and more about sensory processing disorder.  I am no way an expert, heck I am still trying to understand this myself.  But I have changed our learning ways to adapt to this.  And here some things we have done.


  • He needs to be on the go, so his lessons are about 10-15 minutes long at the most.
  • He still will trace his letters, it works better for him.
  • We use a salt box with letters.
  • We draw with chalk out side on the drive way for words.
  • He has started drawing boxes around his letters in his spelling words.  I guess that helps him.
  • We use RazKids to help with reading
  • We also use iBook and Kindles to help with reading.  I like iBooks because it will read to him and the words highlight like in RazKids.
  • I have made sensory boxes for him to use.  Having him get his hands strong is good for writing.  Check out my Sensory play board on Pinterest.
  • We use play dough to make letters.
  • We use various apps to work on sounds of letters.


  • We use some of the above ideas with her.
  • BUT she is a worksheet girl.  So on top of her other two books we were using from  Queen Homeschool Supplies, I added in the LifePac’s for 2nd grade Language Art’s from Alpha Omega.    We just started last week, and so far it is working.
  • The one thing about AnnieQ is that she hates to hear any noise when working. Did I mention our house is always noisy!  So I am thinking about trying to have her listen to music while working, Classical music.  Because if it had words she would be singing.
  • Also, AnnieQ needs things to occupy her mouth.  Normally her fingers are in it.  So finding something for her to chew on while doing school work is important.


  • Is also using the Language Arts from Queen Homeschool.
  • He is also using Jump In from Apologia.  It is a writing curriculum.  He hates to write unless it is his idea.
  • BUT I let him write as much as he wants.  I read it and will leave sticky notes with corrections on it.
  • OR if it is on social media I inbox him with the correction.
  • Robby didn’t read till 3rd grade.  Didn’t really want to write till 4th grade.  But is going full speed ahead and I have no worries about him
  • We did many of the things we are doing with the younger kids now.
  • Robby use to read to me all the time upside down on the couch.  Really-I figured if it worked, it works.

I am still learning how to best teach my two younger children.  They have challenged me in their behavior, and learning styles.  Robby was hard, but a fairly calm child.  The key with homeschool is you can adapt as needed and change as your child is changing.

My ideas for the future I would like to try:

  • learning more about using technology to help them, in a healthy dose.
  • get them jumping.  I would love a trampoline in our back yard.  But my husband is leery of them .  There are a few safer ones out there-but they are expensive.
  • balancing act.  I would like to create a balance beam for them to walk on.  As they work on balancing they can recite poems or songs.  AnnieQ does this standing on one foot-don’t ask me, it works.
  • eliminating things.  I feel they need a blank slate to learn-which means that all that stuff I think they need for “school” they don’t.  So I need to get rid of some stuff.
  • create a reading corner with a heavy blanket.  All three of my kids love to be covered up.  I don’t understand it-but they do.


Check out these other homeschooling families and how they teach Language Arts.

Hopscotch with us January 13-17 as we share a round of posts detailing how exactly we teach within our specific niches.

Day 1: how I teach language arts
Day 2: how I teach math
Day 3: how I teach science
Day 4: how I teach history
Day 5: how I teach fine arts


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  1. It’s always interesting to see how everyone else teaches subjects, isn’t it? This is a great post. I love how shared the personalities and struggles of your kids.


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