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3 Ways to Make Students 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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4 Ways to Keep Students Engaged


Engaged learners are also happy learners, and happy learners make our jobs as instructors so enjoyable.

There were few things more frustrating to me than spending time meticulously planning a lesson only to have my students zone out in the middle of what I thought was sure to be an enthralling lecture on the ancient Egyptians. I guess I should not be surprised by this type of behavior; after all, our…
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Reduce Student Anxiety with These Strategies


We have the opportunity to minimize opportunities for student anxiety and make confidence and resilience a habit in the lives of our children.

I started taking Zumba classes second semester of my junior year in college. For the first few months of classes, I only went because my friends wanted to go. I would feel anxious a few hours before the class and spend time thinking about how my feet tripped over one another and how hard I…
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The Benefits of Hands-on Learning


Did you know that hands-on learning helps make connections from the classroom to the real-world and increases learner engagement?

I used to run around my childhood neighborhood with a small gaggle of girls. We would climb over fences, stealthily pluck roses from groomed gardens, and make believe that we were princesses or poor trapped maids or warriors burdened with great responsibility, depending on our mood. During the week, though, I was a first-grader in…
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Encourage Curiosity with These Practical Tips


Stirring curiosity makes our children successful students in the present and sets them up to be self-directed, lifelong learners.

Genuine curiosity is the mother of all learning. Stirring curiosity makes our children successful students in the present and sets them up to be self-directed, lifelong learners. If you’re having trouble engaging your children in meaningful learning, curiosity is the key. I could spend hours reading and listening to podcasts about rock climbing, but you…
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Are You Helping or Enabling Your Child?


What is the difference between helping your child in their studies and enabling that same child?

What is the difference between helping your child in their studies and enabling that same child? Sometimes, however, we do things inadvertently that have far-reaching effects on our children. I know and understand a mother’s heart. We want to protect, love, and nurture our children, but what happens when that desire to protect becomes a…
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Self-Care Tips for Homeschool Moms


Self-care isn't easy. It takes time and commitment. In this blog post, Linda offers some self-care tips for homeschool moms.

Self-care isn’t easy. It takes time and commitment. What rejuvenates one mom may not rejuvenate another, so we offer the following tips to start you thinking and hopefully planning how you are going to take care of yourself. Dear Homeschool Mom, Are you taking care of yourself? I gently asked that question recently to a…
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What To Do When You’re Boring


Yanpeng, a thin, round-faced ninth-grader from China, came into the dormitory office and flopped down on the couch. “I’m boring!” he declared.

Yanpeng, a thin, round-faced ninth-grader from China, came into the dormitory office and flopped down on the couch. “I’m boring!” he declared. I rarely corrected the students’ speech unless their phrasing meant something directly opposed to what they meant to communicate. I chuckled in spite of myself, “Yanpeng, you mean, ‘I’m bored,’” I corrected. Though…
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How to Set Your Children Up for Success


How do we set our children up for success no matter the circumstances?

What does this look like on a daily basis? How do we set our children up for success no matter the circumstances? By being present, being engaged – putting our phones and our duties aside and engaging in life with our kids. As parents, we often feel the need to make sure we are covering…
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Parents: You Are Exactly What Your Child Needs


We all have our highs and lows, our good days and bad days. So what keeps us going on those tough moments, hours, days, months, and years?

Let me set the scene: You wake up, and the sun is shining brightly. Your children greet you with smiling, cheerful faces. You sit down and eat breakfast together, and then it’s time to begin educating their bright, inquisitive minds. You steadily work through the subjects with them: math, reading, writing, spelling…you are on a…
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