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Monthly Archives: June 2015

How Stress Affects Learning


Even if you have a well-managed family schedule, your homeschooled student may still feel stressed.

Imagine yourself in this situation. You begin to tackle the backlog of dishes and laundry and promptly discover that you have no hot water. While you are trying to get a technician on the phone, your two older children begin to squabble, the doorbell rings, and the baby decides to get his own lunch– from…
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What’s the Color of Your Child’s Parachute?


As you guide your teenagers in thinking through what vocation they should pursue, begin with the big picture and then examine the small details.

The average adult works approximately 1,700 hours a year (Source). Since so much time is spent at work, it’s best if you can enjoy your work and find a job where your unique skillset is useful. In 1970, Richard Nelson Bolles wrote a book called What Color Is Your Parachute?. The book continues to be…
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Ignite Your Child’s Curiosity with Project-Based Learning


Learn how to improve your student's critical thinking and engagement with project-based learning.

A child learns many things through activities that involve questioning, inquiry, and critical thinking. When given support, encouragement, guidance, and time for exploration, he becomes naturally eager for knowledge and is capable of expressing interest in his own learning. In essence, students gain greater understanding by solving problems or answering questions related to real life.…
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People, Policies, and Your Voice


Social justice is about embracing humanity and defending those who are weak and vulnerable.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1.1% of the US adult population suffers from schizophrenia. This small percentage represents a tiny fraction of Americans. Now in case you were thinking that 1.1% is not a lot, it should be noted that this means that approximately 2.4 million American adults suffer from schizophrenia. Compared…
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Tips on Schoolroom Organization


There are several ways to organize your (home)schoolroom

“How should I organize our schoolroom?” is a question asked by first-time homeschoolers and veterans alike, and changes from year to year. One of the first things my parents purchased when they started homeschooling was a set of school desks & chairs from a local yard sale. There are several ways to organize your (home)schoolroom.…
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Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp!


Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go!

KinderTown is hosting a free online summer camp for families! KinderTown Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Each of the weeks have a creative and educational theme, starting with Wonders…
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Volunteer, Give, Advocate


As parents, it is important to recognize that while not all kids will grow up to be social activists, everyone has a part to play in helping others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

In June 2012, a debate was held at the historic Oxford Union on the topic on whether “social media has successfully reinvented social activism.” An article was then written by Mark Kersten, one of the debaters who argued that social media has not successfully reinvented social activism. The article begins by saying: The relationship between…
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Math Manipulatives: Not Just for Little Kids


Educators have discovered that using manipulatives helps students of all ages learn new concepts, deepens understanding, increases retention, and makes mathematics more interesting.

For many people, the mention of math manipulatives calls to mind cute little bears used for counting, or craft sticks tied in bundles to illustrate place value. Once those concepts have been learned, these people see little use for hands-on math tools. However, educators have discovered that using manipulatives helps students of all ages learn…
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Open Their Eyes


Whether it’s an article on Facebook or a Youtube video that goes viral, social media enables us to stay informed on the issues facing us and our world.

March 3, 1991. Rodney King. In a day that will live in infamy, African-American Rodney King was beaten with batons by Caucasian police officers after a high-speed car chase. The incident was videotaped by a witness named George Holliday and the footage was released by the media, causing an uproar and creating an atmosphere thick…
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Does My Child Still Need to Learn Handwriting?


Now that much of our written communication takes place with keyboards and touch screens, is handwriting still relevant?

Now that much of our written communication takes place with keyboards and touch screens, is handwriting still relevant? Why can’t young children move directly to keyboard skills as they learn to recognize letters? These questions have become increasingly important as many schools de-emphasize handwriting. Recent studies provide some interesting insights into the importance of handwriting,…
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