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15 Creative Places to Homeschool


Wherever your homeschool day may take you, it is comforting to know that there are ways to adapt nearly any environment into a space for learning.

One of the perks to homeschooling your children is the ability to allow a more flexible, convenient, and fun learning environment. We recently asked a group of homeschooling parents: where are some unique places your child has done their homework? They replied with some silly, clever, and conventional places: 15 Unique Places to Do Homework…
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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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How to Develop Organizational Strategies [5 Tips]


Most students need guidance and systematic instruction to learn and develop organizational strategies.

Most students need guidance and systematic instruction to learn and develop organizational strategies. You know the deal: you can give your teen the right supplies and teach him the content, but it’s up to him to manage it all and get everything done. If you feel like your student is overwhelmed when it comes to…
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3 Qualities of a Lifelong Learner


One only has to blink and see that technology quickly changes and that we need to keep up with it.

The 21st century can be an exciting and intimidating time for learning. One only has to blink and see that technology quickly changes and that we need to keep up with it. I can’t help but admire my wife’s grandmother who, at 92 years old, decided she wanted a smartphone and went out and bought…
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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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Learning Math Can Be as Sweet as Honey


Since attitude is a big part of education, let’s do what we can to make learning enjoyable.

Years ago I had a class on early education where the author recounted how Rabbis used to make school enjoyable. After a little research I found this article, from which I have chosen a few excerpts. Around the twelfth century a custom developed in Germany of bringing a child to school for the first time.…
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5 Summer Math Tips


Are you wanting to keep your math skills alive during the summer months? Math-U-See has five summer math tips for you.

Here are five ways that you can keep math skills alive during the summer months. Encourage Free Play If your child is starting Math-U-See for the first time in the fall, free play with the blocks can be a wonderful preparation. Get the blocks out every few days and see what their imagination creates. Benefits…
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