Learning systems are tools that provide all sorts of lessons. They introduce a wide range of important concepts such as the value of perseverance, the difference between right and wrong, cause and effect, and many other ideas that are essential to your child’s development.
I recently heard an excellent podcast (audio recording) “Getting an Education on the Internet,” Sept 22, 2009 regarding online schools vs. traditional brick and mortar schools. Although the talk was focused on Higher Ed (college), I felt it an applicable discussion for all Education in general. …
Without a radical change to our entire capitalistic society, I don’t think K-12 teachers need to feel threatened about technology replacing them. Instead, I recommend they embrace and utilize it to make their already difficult lives a lot easier.
Convincing people of the importance of an education in the arts can be a tough sell. In 2012, math and science are heralded above all else and the general public still tends to overlook the arts. When a school faces budget cuts – music, visual art and drama are typically the first to go.
The reality is that we are doing our children a great disservice by not immersing them in the arts. More and more studies are proving how children exposed to an arts curriculum demonstrate increased skills in critical thinking when compared to their peers.
Think about it. Why wouldn’t an arts education with its focus on creativity, produce young people capable of thinking outside the box? Artists are constantly pushed to explore unchartered territory. The truly great ones are those that produce new and exciting work that has never before been created.
One challenge in a virtual school or home school scenario is having enough fun books that are truly a pleasure for a child to read while also being educational.
Our family filled this need with the Who Is or Was …? Series. It’s a fantastic biography series that has got us totally hooked. We are all reading them! Most of the books have a different author but each is well-edited to ensure a smooth read for 3rd-5th Grade reading level.
This series is real people telling their real and interesting stories. It doesn’t get better than that.
The “We Both Read” series, featuring one page of simple vocabulary for the child to read and the next page with more difficult vocabulary (allowing parents to introduce new words) is frankly BRILLIANT.
My husband and I read with our son nightly since he was stuck in utero. We are continually defining word meanings. He loves to read out-loud with us, but becomes irritated when we have to stop too many times to clarify word meanings.
In her magical children’s book Oliver the Overachiever, author and illustrator Karin Mesa does a spectacular job of introducing fun new vocabulary words. …The message is clear – it is okay to let loose one’s ambitious nature and strive to truly honor oneself by displaying one’s true colors for all to see. For only then can being oneself, no matter how different, become the norm and not the exception.
I am going to confess 3 of my most unusual Parenting Techniques for helping the above average child.
I want to confess these to you so that you can seriously think twice before falling into the same parenting traps I’ve found myself attempting to crawl out of when I least expected to fall in.
Due to their seemingly mature nature, there are things you will be tempted to do for your precocious (way beyond their years) child – DON’T!
“I know a lot of words,” she explained. “Would you like to hear about some others?” She listed several more four-letter words and offered to give the etymology of each one.
I didn’t explain that Dorothy Jr.’s erudition was part of an experiment of mine to see whether knowledge of taboo words could erase their black magic. If my kids learned the story of individual “foul” words, would they seem so foul when it came time to use them?
It’s not that I wanted potty-mouthed offspring. On the contrary, I wanted my kids to rise above foulness. Rather than be shocked or victimized by the crude language the permeates our culture, I wanted them to become connoisseurs of language.
For those unfamiliar with the highly publicized title and the wave of discontent it spawned among parents, journalists and bloggers virtually everywhere, Tiger Mom is a so-called memoir penned by a woman eager to share the secrets of raising hyper-successful children, warts and all. Children who weren’t allowed to attend sleepovers, to watch TV, to be in a school play, to get any grade less than an A, or to play any instrument other than the piano or violin. Children upon whom unreasonable — and some would argue, cruel — demands were placed relative to their studies and music lessons.
There is no doubt that if every child went through school filled with wide-eyed wonder for the things he or she studies, we would have a world of geniuses.
To determine whether a particular piece of homework is “beneficial” or “dangerous,” try running it through this list of questions to see how it plays out:
Cut the Rope rivals Angry Birds, without the fanfare.
This was a mind challenge for any age I put in front of it. It required Problem Solving skills and a utilization of basic physics.
This is a great “break” between Home School classes, or for the coveted “Computer Break” you might give your school kids. It is innocent and challenging.
“By their works ye shall know them.”
This can be good or bad, but it’s a truth.
I gravitate towards people who are really good at what they do. What makes them really good is that they put their true selves into their work and it shows.
A long time ago I delved into the meaning of the word “quality” and I discovered something very interesting.
Tweet Parents, Students, Home Schoolers and those just seeking knowledge! A website exists with over 60,000 FREE somewhat professionally-produced ‘HOW TO’ videos and guides. It claims to provide expert solutions and step-by-step advice on all topics under the sun. It had something for each topic I searched for.
The subject of Reason is not one taught in modern schools. It died out on the curriculum back in Socrates days.
The almost unbearable course in Logic, sometimes found hidden under the Philosophy section of the college course list, was one of the most difficult and convoluted courses I had to sit through for the most obvious fact of there being no clear and agreed upon definition of “Logic” used throughout the ages, much less modern times.
With such an unpresumptuous book cover it is, by far, the simplest and best course I have ever come across to teach young adults the concept of reason and logic.
“Terapixel gives you the ability to take a virtual tour of the cosmos from your living room.” Dr. Brian McLean Observatory Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute
Microsoft and NASA have teamed up to create what they say is the largest seamless, spherical map ever made of the night sky, as well as a true-color, high-resolution map of Mars that users can explore on their computers in 3D.
Hello YouthMUSE Fans and Home Eductators!
I have been out for most of the summer doing Educator training and working at my new digs The Delphian School in beautiful Sheridan, Oregon.
I am back on-line and will start to send you a few new sites and ideas for inspiring your children.
My first link is to the website Children’s Technology Review.
Children’s Technology Review is a monthly PDF newsletter — modeled in the spirit of Consumer Reports — designed to summarize products and trends in children’s interactive media. There is no advertising content, in any form.