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We Need to Trust Parents to Parent Their Children

Anna Mussmann argues that our society, in treating kids like consumer products, has begun to strip away trust for parents.

In an article for The Federalist, Anna Mussmann argued that our society, in treating kids like consumer products, has begun to strip away trust for parents. Mussmann writes that: We are witnessing a drastic erosion of public support for the idea that ordinary parents are the people most likely to know what is best for…
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What to Do When Your Kid Makes a Math Mistake

Here are four simple ways that you can respond to a math mistake in a positive way that will really support your student's long-term mastery.

In my work with my students, it’s really essential to me to also create a relaxed, playful environment. And a big part of this is how I handle it when students make mistakes. I create a growth-oriented environment by asking very specific questions which support their mastery process. Here are four simple ways that you…
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Mom’s Post About Kindness Goes Viral

A simple act of kindness generated viral attention in July, 2016 when a mother posted on Facebook praising a fellow mother.

In Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings, Gandalf reminds Bilbo that there is great power in little acts of kindness. Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.…
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3 Ways to Make Student Mistakes Valuable

How can we help change the negative perceptions associated with mistakes so our children can more easily bounce back?

Our children are growing up in a world that emphasizes high standards for academic success. As parents, we want our students to put forth their absolutely best effort each and every time they attempt a task. In doing this, to some degree, we create academic learning conditions that discourage mistakes. Watching our children make mistakes…
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When Education Gets in the Way of Learning

A successful education taps into the student’s innate desire to understand this world and to make it a better place through honest work.

When Ashley Lamb-Sinclair was a 17-year-old student in high school she underwent a painful but formative experience. Her art teacher instructed the class to make a life-like bust of a human face. As Sinclair was sculpting, she pulled out the ears and noticed that the bust resembled Yoda. Inspired, she continued with that theme and…
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Tips for New Homeschoolers from 10 Veterans

We asked several veteran homeschoolers for their tips for new homeschooling families.

The decision to homeschool isn’t always an easy one. Even after the countless hours you spent creating that long pros and cons list leading you to the decision to homeschool, you’re still stuck second guessing if you made the right choice for your child’s education. Stop. Breathe. You’re doing just fine. Believe it or not,…
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Parental Engagement with Kids with an IEP

Learn about the importance of parental engagement with your child's IEP.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally passed in 1975, gives a legal right to all children to receive a “free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment required to meet their needs.” As part of this law, parents and families are allowed to be involved in the creation of an Individualized…
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4 Creative Activities for Reinforcing Place Value

Try supplementing and reinforcing the concept of place value with these creative activities.

Place value is a key mathematics concept for students to learn. The concept that numbers can be broken apart and put back together gives students a more solid understanding of how different operations work. Knowing when to exchange groups of units (ones) for tens, how to handle a zero in the hundreds place when subtracting,…
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