July 17, 2019

Super Insight from our Youth

Tweet “Life is a pencil without an eraser.” Dakota – Age 11 The fact that they can see this, at such a young tender age, is why YouthMUSE does what it does. It’s why Home Schoolers choose the burden and cost over the establishment. It’s why you, the parent or student, are looking for tools […]

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Fortifying your Child’s Positive View of Education

While your child may have already adjusted to their new back-to-school routine, waking up for school each and every morning doesn’t necessarily imply that your child truly understands why they go to school in the first place (especially the younger children).

For some children, school is just seen as a dreaded and mechanical obligation more than an opportunity to enrich his or her mind. Viewing school so negatively at an early age can have serious long-term consequences—your child may begin to lose motivation at an early age, may drop of high school if given the chance, or may choose not to pursue a higher education.

Enjoy the rest of this Guest Post and her suggestions!

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Super Power of Child Friendships

“Friendship . . . is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Muhammad Ali

Children friendships are delicate things. Within a span of an hour, I have seen my 7-year-old son fall in and out of “like” with a buddy 3 times.

Within a day, he has disowned a friend he had previously proclaimed in a position of protector and loyal follower.

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Media Inspired Super Powers: Children’s Technology Review

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.

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Guest Post: Always Just A Mom Preschool Curriculum

I’m going to be sharing with you a very simple and exciting Preschool Curriculum Plan that I have developed for my own toddlers.

I’m a former Middle School teacher, turned stay at home mom, and although I know how to develop curriculum I wasn’t sure I knew anything about “preschool” curriculum…well I was wrong and the Internet is full of FREE preschool information, handouts and activities!

My goal is too not only teach about “things” but also think about what we do as a family throughout the year that I can relate to with my kiddos.

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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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Lesson Plan: Basic Spelling and English Terms for ESL or Beginning Readers

Understanding the very fundamentals behind speech is a step most forgotten. Yet, it is a basic building block when teaching any language to a child or adult alike.

This is the first lesson I put together for my ESL students this summer. It was a precursor to teaching spelling fundamentals. I hope you find it useful for your students or children.

This lesson utilizes creative games and word meanings that you may not have seen before…

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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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The Super Power of Words, Grammar and Ideas

Grammar is the way words are organized into speech and writings so as to get across exact thoughts, ideas and meanings between people. It is really the agreements between people so that real communication is had.

Grammar is formed by common usage and forwarded to all by writers.

Words ARE NOT the thing itself; they are just substitutes for things, the concepts, or ideas of things.

Words don’t hurt you. They don’t love you. They only get you to do or think or feel something. The word “fire” is nothing to be afraid of; it won’t pop up on the page and burn you. They get you to remember things in the past that did hurt or love you.

Words and Grammar are only there to HELP you the reader and writer. They are not as important as having the ideas themselves.

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It takes a Super Mom to Grow a Super Hero – Use These Talking Words

Believe it or not, using one pronoun over another can actually improve a parent-child relationship.

Using “I” over “you” is one such example.

When Mom tells Joey, “I like it better when your bed is made in the morning,” he knows she is talking about herself.

But if Mom says, “You didn’t make your bed this morning,” Joey knows the finger is pointing directly at him.

With this approach, you take responsibility for the situation; you put it under your control. You direct the child’s attention toward pleasing you – his parent or teacher – rather than on naughty behavior.

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How to Defend Against a Super Villain – The Sexual Predator

I do not want to scare kids, I want them to be prepared; the Boy Scout motto with a twist: “Prepare For The Worst and Get The Least.”

Our world may seem civilized for the most part, but the veneer is thin and cracking. For you to achieve your goals as parents (Moral and Self-Reliant Children) then you must be willing to educate them even on the uncomfortable subjects you pray your kids never have to deal with.

As a parent, you are your child’s super hero. As unpleasant as this subject may be, please find the strength within to confront and teach yourself and your children how to deal with the Super Villain – the Sexual Predator.

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A Father is a Child’s Super Hero

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

“He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father’s wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father’s care.” – William Penn

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain

The idea of Father’s Day in America started around 1910, probably thanks to Sonora Smart Dodd, who’d been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after

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When Evil Strikes in the Form of Sexual Predators

This is a painful subject; a subject no parent would ever want to discuss – until it happens to one of your own children, and then you’re forced to confront and dissect all aspects of it.

I did not even know the full and accurate definition of the word until tonight, when I forced myself to confront and “categorize” this atrocity, much less work have a plan to overcome it once it struck.

I normally keep my blog light, informative, and educational; there is no need to make the world “feel” more unsafe; the nightly news does that for you nicely. However, today I have to turn dark in order to pass on this information and education to all parents and children out there.

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It’s my Blog, I’m From Texas; So Deal With It

I am sorry folks, but this was TOO good to not post. If you need a laugh, read on! If not – click out of here fast.

I was born and raised in Texas, but spent over 24 years in California. Now that I am back in Texas, I feel I am well qualified to post the below and say it’s really spot on.

Enjoy the California-Texas Translation Guide; Intended for use when listening to mainstream media.

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Super Hero Training Never Ends – Unschooling Lessons All Around You

In the good old summertime, it is perfect for catching waves along the Coast, splashing in pools when the temperature rises or feeling the burn from biking across country. What pleasures the outdoor brings!

Summertime is also the ideal time for study.

No, this is not an attempt to ruin anyone’s summer vacation. You see, almost every-activity in life has an educational bent if you look for it. Positive experiences broaden our horizons and even improve our reasoning ability.

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Super Powerful Educational iPad Apps for Kids

Attention Home Scholars and Home Schooler!

Attention astute Parents who subscribe to the philosophy “join them” rather than “fight them” when it comes to using technology to forge a child’s education ahead.

The iPad is not just for business and entertainment; it has fantastic educational application for your kids to grow their Super Powers.

Here is a list of a few of these iPad apps recommened by our guest blogger, Melissa Taylor.

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Free On-Line Academy for Super Power Skills

Parents, Teachers, Kids: Would you like to view over 2,200 10-12-minute digestible FREE videos designed to tutor kids and adults alike on different subjects such as K-12 math, biology, chemistry, physics and even some finance and history?

Well, you Khan!

The “Khan Academy” is a not-for-profit site with the goal of improving education and giving a FREE education to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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A Super Computational Knowledge Search Engine for Super Heroes

Any Super Hero in training requires some form of super computer and knowledge base. However, each of our powers may vary person to person, and only a few of us thus far can tap into the “brains.”

We need not only a knowledge base, but also a computer that will do calculations and compare data for us less accessible minds.

Do you wish you had a search (but computable) engine specially designed alike for educators, parents, students, engineers, scientists, and economist? Not to mention the everyday any-age researcher simply curious about the world at large? Now there is!

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Super Heroes Recognition – Find Your Team!

“Pupils are more like oysters than sausages. The job of teaching is not to stuff them and then seal them up, but to help them open and reveal the riches within. There are pearls in each of us, if only we knew how to cultivate them with ardor and persistence.” Sydney J. Harris – “What True Education Should Do” 1964
¹Ardor: great warmth or intensity, as of emotion, passion or devotion. …

At first, I felt a metal or at least patch is in order for every year a good teacher puts in. Now, the more I think about it our “patch” is alive; it is standing on 2 feet (most of the time), and talking up a storm! What it says and does reflects your attitude, ability, and effectiveness as a teacher.

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Harsh Truth: Ultimate Responsibility of Education Falls to The Child

I would often ponder the dramatic differences in eagerness and ability to learn in children. I could find no consistent variable except that generated by the child himself. Did he WANT the education and find it valuable to achieve his life goals?

In truth, education belongs to the child. What he learns, what he accomplishes, how well he succeeds is ultimately up to him. The responsibility is truly his.

The old adage, “You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” is valid for 7 and 70-year-olds alike, especially when it comes to education.

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