June 23, 2017

Why Children Should Science More [Infographic]

Science is one of the greatest subjects for inspiring young minds to explore, test, play and ultimately create. And the way that children learn and scientific method have a lot more in common than most people might think.

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Learning Systems – They Come In All Colors and Styles For Your Child

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.

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Lesson of Life: Master of Your Universe

There is only one me. There is only one you.

The words I say, the words I write belong to me; as do my desires, ambitions and talents, as do my shortcomings and frustrations. Your words, desires, ambitions, talents, shortcomings and frustrations, belong to you. …

When the identity of my body flickers and the last ember dies, I must answer only to myself. And when your lifetime is over, you must answer to none other than you.

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There More Than One Way In This World To Be Educated

Tweet “Why I hate school, but love education,” is in incredible Spoken Word performance that is packed with truth so beautifully told.  Thank you Sulibreezy; Everyone needs to hear for just as many different reasons. [youtube]http://youtu.be/y_ZmM7zPLyI[/youtube]  

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I Will Not Let An Exam Result Determine My Future

Tweet A powerful and beautiful video founded on solid truth. Either video version below ( prezi-like presentation or video)  is created using the same Spoken Word. If you have never seen this, break out the tissue. [youtube]http://youtu.be/0mtJOu29qbQ?t=3s[/youtube] [youtube]http://youtu.be/D-eVF_G_p-Y[/youtube]  

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Even 79 Year Olds Can Have Superpowers

Don’t tell me you don’t want to be Paddy at age 79? You know you do with whatever talent is yours. No matter your age you can still be spectacular and beautiful and amazing.

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Look Up – Best Advice for Cultivating Superpowers

Outstanding video poem on Digital Identity, brilliantly performed and created. A message we all, including myself, needed to hear and heed.

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Hacking Education to Give Kids Back Their Superpowers

The brilliant simplicity of this video and its inspiration should herald in the unconventional and perfectly sane Hack Schooling method.

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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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Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.

Lucy’s kind of unhappy.

To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place. It comes down to a simple formula:

Happiness = Reality – Expectations

It’s pretty straightforward — when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy. When reality turns out to be worse than the expectations, they’re unhappy.

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A Parental Superpower to Ignore Wrong Answers

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, author of The Scientist Speculates

In our high tech society the ability to research is vital to success. Yet many schools never teach it and even when they do, they usually overlook the simplest and most primary undercut: something a child must be able to do before he can research.

What is it? Read on…

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The Super Power of an Amused Mind – Part One

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” — Plato

Frankly, I have never met a child who did not have one or more of the 24 genius traits. If these were not obviously present and actively being demonstrated, then each trait simply needed cultivation and an expressive outlet. For those parents with preschool aged children, the genius traits are similar, but harder to nail down. ….

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What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? – New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year 2013!
The best gift you can give yourself – spend 3 minutes and watch this video before you ink your New Year Resolutions.

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“Research Reasoning” Super Power — Brought to you by the letter “R”

No matter our personal education, religion, beliefs or creeds, we can probably all agree on this point:

With hordes of data and advertisements aimed at our children on a daily basis, CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO REASON (*to use logic to spot actual truth)

If they are to succeed in life, they have to know how to filter information – including yours. Steps to help teach them:

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The Super Power of Speech: Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program

Whether you Home School or send your kids to traditional schools, this program can help teach your kids the art of public speaking and give them basic leadership skills. I want to pass on just a few Pros & Cons of teaching this program to Middle School aged students.

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The Super Power of Smart – Make Your Kids Smarter Than You

A wise mentor of mine told me, “We are here to make our kids smarter than our selves.”

It rang true. And I wanted to pass that on to you.

Frankly, it needs no further explanation, so feel free to stop reading now. There is nothing about it that needs to be expanded upon or explained. Don’t you love it when something is simple enough to understand and easy enough to remember? But for those of you wanting a more arduous, albeit humorous read with a real-life application story, read on.

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The Super Power of Unschooling Observation

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, author of The Scientist Speculates

In our high tech society the ability to research is vital to success. Yet many schools never teach it and even when they do, they usually overlook the simplest and most primary undercut: something a child must be able to do before he can research. What is it?

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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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Guest Blog: Raising Boys Supers With Imagination and Common Sense

There is no such thing as an “allowance” in real life. Why should there be one as a kid? They do the dishes and they get a $1. They ask for something, I ask them how much money they have? They do not ask me for money anymore, they ask me what they can do to earn money for something they want. Isn’t that what we want our kids to do – EARN MONEY, not ask or beg for it?

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