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Ways to make the most of Veterans Day in your homeschool

by Rebecca Capuano

Veterans Day is coming up on November 11, and it is a great time for homeschoolers to teach children about the sacrifice of those who have fought or currently fight for America and who serve out of the love for their country. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors American soldiers who died in their service to the nation, Veterans Day is intended to honor all veterans, with a particular focus on those who are still living.

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Using YouTube in the Homeschool

by Rebecca Capuano

Modern technology has brought unprecedented opportunity for teaching students. According to Internet World Stats, as of June 30, 2010 there were almost 2 billion internet users (anyone currently in capacity to use the internet) worldwide. A 2003 report by the National Center for Education Statistics details that 19.4% of homeschoolers engaged in distance learning through the Internet, email, or other use of the web. This figure, which almost certainly has grown in the past 7 years since the report, does not include the multitude of homeschoolers who supplement at-home learning with the use of the Internet. From instantaneous definitions for vocabulary words to full lesson plans for any grade, without a doubt, the World Wide Web has changed the way the world does education. Continue reading »

Research on the Importance of Reading for Children

by Rebecca Capuano

Author Aldous Huxley wrote, “Everyone who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting.” Although most homeschoolers have an awareness of the importance of reading for children, it is always helpful to review the evidence that backs up our feelings. With the cooler weather coming, fall is the perfect time to take a fresh look at why reading is such a critical factor for children’s success, as well as get reinvigorated toward making reading one of the foundations of the homeschool curriculum (and part of everyday family life).
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Excellent Series Books for Children Ages 6-10

by Rebecca Capuano

Cooler weather outside gives homeschoolers just one more reason to focus on reading! Although reading aloud is an excellent family activity for children of all ages, including those who have long been reading on their own, it is particularly important for children in elementary school. During this critical time period, parents have the opportunity to truly instill a love for reading that has the potential to influence the child’s academic development throughout his or her school years. Continue reading »

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Making Memory Work Fun

by Rebecca Capuano

Many homeschoolers focus on some level of memorization during the early years, when the brain is most malleable. By capitalizing on young children’s incredible capacity to memorize, homeschoolers can establish pegs of knowledge which children can easily recall later in their education, when they are old enough to understand and process the meaning behind those facts.

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Learning Styles Part 4

by Rebecca Capuano

This is part 4 of 4 in a series about learning styles. You can read part 1 here. Does your child never stop moving? Does she like to get her hands on things and tend to "jump right in" to try out an activity? If so, your child may be a kinesthetic learner. A child’s Continue reading »

Learning Styles Part 3

by Rebecca Capuano

This is part 3 of 4 in a series about learning styles. You can read part 1 here.   "My child never stops talking" "I can’t watch a movie with her because she asks so many questions" "He interrupts me constantly" If any of these statements have been said by you, it is likely you Continue reading »

Learning Styles Part 2

by Rebecca Capuano

This is part 2 of 4 in a series about learning styles. You can read part 1 here. Does your child like bright, stimulating colors? Does she scribble or doodle during homeschool lessons? Do you find your child always wanting to watch someone demonstrate how to do something before he tries it? If so, your Continue reading »

Learning Styles

by Rebecca Capuano

Homeschoolers have the same challenge as any teacher; how to best teach children according to the ways they best learn. One popular approach to helping children grasp educational material most effectively and retain that information is through understanding the child’s learning style, or approach to learning. Learning styles have been the basis for best-practice teaching Continue reading »