March 29, 2017

The Superpower and Art of Problem Solving – The Artistic Edge

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.

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Review: “Who Was or Is …?” Book Series – The Inspirational Superpower of Real People

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.

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“We Both Read” Series – Gives Kids Patience-Power for the “Slower” Words in English

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.

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Book Review: Miss Nelson is Missing – Insouciant and Entertaining

Every child can relate to the setting and characterization of the first line, “The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again.” School is the one thing in common with all First World children. You mix school with misbehaving and you have their full attention.

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Book Review: Oliver the Overachiever by Karin Mesa

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.

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Hints for Parenting a Precocious Child

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!

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Book Review

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.

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Is Homework Dangerous to Kid’s Minds?

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:

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The Power of Fresh Books for the “Tired” Routine

Fresh words for an exhausting nightly activity; Kids aren’t the only ones tired of these routines!

My 7-year-old could fully relate as he laughed and smiled. The books are fun to read and emotionally spot-on.

The subtler messages leave the child with his own ideas, allowing him to …

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Guest Blog – Science for Youth: What is Energy Flow

Tweet   We welcome our Guest Blogger Ron Seagal, the President of “True Education Solutions.” Ron has a number of informative articles and services for Home Schoolers and Educators.  Here is one of them: Part II – Energy Flow Defined

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Book Review – The Thinking Book

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.

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Fun London Series Book Review

“I have always loved life and I find the people I meet to be of great interest. I believe in the basic goodness in all of us and in the joy of creating. I write to bring some of my joy to others. Remeber, if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.” Fun London

My name is Fun London. I write for kids. The reason I write is to entertain and inspire kids to live more creative and positive lives. I would also like to increase their interest in reading.

I started writing because I got tired of reading the stories that populated the school readers for students to study in English classes.

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Educator Tool Review – The Way to Happiness Kit

About 8 months ago, I requested an Educator Kit from The Way to Happiness Foundation International for use at school.

You can’t help but support a group with this sort of Mission Statement:

The mission of The Way to Happiness Foundation International is to reverse the moral decay of society by restoring trust and honesty the world over through the publication and widespread distribution of The Way to Happiness, a common sense guide to better living.

That mission is accomplished on a grass-roots level, worldwide, by individuals who share The Way to Happiness book with others and so bring about an increase in tolerance and understanding between families, friends, groups, communities, nations and Mankind—making a safer, less violent world for all.

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Book Review: Becoming a Nation of Readers, What Parents Can Do

I have found an EXCEPTIONAL book that I feel should be embedded into every Parent and Teacher Manual that every was, is, or will be.

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