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Homeschool Parents: Learn With Your Children

Homeschool parents: We can learn with our children. We can take this wonderful opportunity as a lesson in never giving up.

Being the oldest of seven kids, I was reluctantly appointed the family’s official tutor from a very young age. My parents weren’t very educated and so it fell on me to help my younger brothers and sisters with their learning. So, it was no surprise to anyone that I became a math teacher. Today, I…
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3 Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset in Our Kids

The words we speak into our children’s hearts and mind are powerful in forming a growth mindset.

Five years ago I had the privilege of participating in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through Stanford University Online on teaching and learning math. My time as my children’s primary teacher had passed. Even though it was a completely new concept to me, I vividly remember crying as I watched some of the video…
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Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Carol Dweck coined the term mindset to reflect how we tend to think about ability. Simply stated, it is how we view potential in others and ourselves.

“Hurray! You made an A on your test! You’re so smart!” “It’s a good thing you like to write because it’s obvious there is no math gene in this family!” “She is such a gifted singer, but her whole family is musical, so it just comes naturally.” “Great! Derek pitched a perfect game! Now I’ll…
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Bored Students: How to Discourage & Inspire Their Curiosity

Bored students needs to be reignited, not just given more work to do.

My student is bored. What do I do? For many homeschoolers our goal is to teach our children in such a way that they have a love of learning, so it is very disheartening when we see that our student is bored. A bored student will be slow to participate, won’t give their best effort,…
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50 Ways to Practice Lifelong Learning At Home

How can we practice lifelong learning at home? We provide several examples in this blog post.

What is Lifelong Learning? Before delving into ways to practice lifelong learning, we must first define what it is. The Department of Education and Science (Ireland) defines lifelong learning as an “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge. According to Skills You Need: Lifelong learning is about creating and maintaining a positive attitude to learning…
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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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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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Hands-on Learning Benefits

Hands-on learning increases student engagement by making connections between the classroom and the real-world.

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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