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Avoid the Biggest Mistakes When Teaching Science Part 3

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… Continued from Page 2 Mistake #5. Fear of making mistakes. Honestly, now… when do you learn more?  When you make mistakes, or when you get it right?  And how many of us have a hard time letting our kids make mistakes? Edison made thousands of mistakes before he invented the light bulb. Or did Continue reading »

Avoid the Biggest Mistakes When Teaching Science Part 2

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… Continued from Page 1 Mistake #3. No space for the job. Once your child excited enough about something that they want to take it and run, your next task is to give them what they need! Now, kids need their own space. However, parents worldwide go crazy with the pack-rat syndrome kids seems to Continue reading »

Avoid the Biggest Mistakes When Teaching Science

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Did you have a teacher that really had an impact on you? Remember the excitement?  Or the thrill you felt when you taught something to someone else and they really got it? First, let me thank you for your commitment to education – a value that is high enough for you that you are stretching Continue reading »

Cultivating Childhood Dreams

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Ever since I was a small girl, becoming a writer has always been a dream of mine. As a young child, the idea of becoming a world-famous author, and having people pick up my published works in libraries and bookstores across the globe, was nothing short of thrilling. I smile now as I remember my Continue reading »

10 Secrets to a Successful Homeschool

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1. Have fun. Attitude is everything with home learning. Enjoy learning and your kids will enjoy it. Make it drudgery and they will respond as well. Try to make even boring tasks pleasant at least. This is not to say that everything must be a 3-ring circus, but if you have a fresh, upbeat attitude Continue reading »

Top Ten Air Pressure Experiments to Mystify Your Kids Using Stuff From Around the House

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There’s air surrounding us everywhere, all at the same pressure of 14.7 psi (pounds per square inch). It’s the same force you feel on your skin whether you’re on the ceiling or the floor, under the bed or in the shower. An interesting thing happens when you change a pocket of air pressure – things start to move. This difference in pressure that causes movement is what creates winds, tornadoes, airplanes to fly, and some of the experiments we’re about to do right now. Continue reading »

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Archery’s Hot!

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Looking for an activity that provides exercise, improves math skills, teaches etiquette, requires focus, reduces stress, and is – oh, yeah – lots of fun? Archery is gaining in popularity all over the U.S. in schools, recreation districts, home-school associations, retirement communities, and clubs. Once administrators see the National Safety Council’s numbers ranking archery as Continue reading »

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How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout

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Coming to a place of “burnout” as a homeschooling parent, or as a home schooler, means that somewhere in the process, we have lost sight of our goals. One of the many reasons parents choose to homeschool is that they want to enjoy time with their children. We see homeschooling as an opportunity to spend Continue reading »

Why We Educate at Home (A Discussion of the Classical Education Method)

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My husband and I have no qualms about our style of parenting, which is so tied up in home education. He grew up beside his father in a greenhouse. Our first apartment at 500 sq ft, had 31 houseplants in it. He now works as a landscape designer. So we understand this analogy: Children are like little plants. You take the seed and put it in a little cup of the best topsoil. You give it lots of light. You gently sprinkle it with drops of water so the delicate leaves aren’t broken. When it gets a decent root system, you transplant it to a bigger pot. You protect it from the wind and the hottest sun. You bring it in when there’s a freeze. You don’t put it out where the dog will trample it or a deer will eat the buds. When it’s well-established, and the season is right, you can transplant it finally to its place outside your home. Then it will do well on its own in the downpours and coldest winters. Continue reading »

Target Giving: Your Key to a Relaxed Holiday Season

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Do you struggle with shopping for gifts each year during the holiday season? Is it more stressful than joyful? Would you like that to change? Then take a few minutes to consider a new approach to your gift-giving and find yourself putting the happy back in your Happy Holidays! Continue reading »