Articles Based on the Book

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Six Homeschooling Misconceptions: Erased  Experience and plenty of research dispels commonly held fallacies about homeschooling.

Simple Homeschool,   July 19 2013

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How Kids Benefit from Chores. Sharing household responsibilities with kids boosts positive character traits and learning in six ways. Find out why it’s important to start young.

Wired   June 15, 2012

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Fun Theory I’m not aware of any official Fun Theory in the field of learning. But fun shimmers under the surface of motivation and focus like a very big fish.

Home Education Magazine May-June 2010

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A Child’s Place is in the Kitchen: How Cooking Advances Learning It’s easier to cook when our kids aren’t in the way. Besides, bubbling pots and sharp knives are hardly child friendly. But there are many reasons why our children belong in the kitchen. One is the way their learning advances as they stir, chop and converse with us. What may seem like average culinary tasks are actually rich educational projects for them.

Culinate September 15, 2010

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Making History Relevant  Twenty-five engaging ways to bring history into our everyday lives.

Home Education Magazine July-August 2011

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Innate Gifts Few young people have clear indications of their gifts. Most have multiple abilities. A single true calling is rarely anyone’s lot in life as it is for a legendary artist or inventor. Instead, a mix of ready potential waits, offering a life of balance among many options. Education emphasizing the child’s particular strengths allows that child to flourish, no matter if those gifts fall within mainstream academic subjects or broader personal capacities. Traits such as a highly developed sense of justice, the knack for getting others to cooperate, a way with animals, a love of organization—-these are of inestimable value, far more important skills than good grades on a spelling test.  (Also available in digital flip version pages 20-26)

New Awareness June-July 2010

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Climb, Swing & Snuggle: Reading Readiness Involves the Whole Body Readiness isn’t created by workbooks or computer programs. It’s the result of brain maturation as well as rich experiences found in bodily sensation and movement.

Life Learning May-June  2010

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Get Ready to Read by Playing In ways deeper and more vital than we can imagine, play helps children develop the skills necessary for reading. We don’t have to engineer that fun but we can play along.

Life Learning May-June  2010

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Interest-Based Groups Just about any interest can spark friendship and learning in a group of children.

Heart of the Matter Oct 2010

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Educating Too Early. Starting formal learning too early is highly counterproductive. Here’s why.

Wired  September 8, 2011

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Bringing Kids Back To The Commons Five ways to involve young people in the workings of their communities.

Alternative Education Resource Organization    April 2011

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Emphasis on Testing Cheats Everyone. Improving test scores doesn’t boost a student’s later success nor does it advance the standing of the nation. Here are the facts.

Wired   November 3, 2011

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We Don’t Need No Age Segregation A tale of one teen who seeks his own adult role models, a radical approach in today’s safety-obsessed culture.

Shareable November 2010

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Helping Young People Establish Mentoring Connections Vital importance of mentoring relationships as young people mature and ways to find mentors in fields of interest.

Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice Autumn 2010

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Five Ways Frugal Living Benefits Kids  Living more simply can have a powerful, positive, and lasting effect on our children.

Natural Life Magazine    July/August 2011

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The Boy With No Toys  Play has everything to do with autonomy, exploration, imagination, and fun. It has very little to do with purchased playthings. In fact, structured programs and commercial toys tend to co-opt the most beneficial types of play.

Natural Life  Nov/Dec 2011

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Real Benefits of Real Work For Kids  The benefits of hands-on, purposeful tasks to develop responsibility, skills, and direct learning.

Life Learning Nov-Dec 2011