Category Archives: early education

Why Learning Must Be Hands-On

Education that treats the brain apart from the body will ultimately fail. Our senses cannot be denied. They inform the mind and encode memory. We must see, hear, smell, touch and, yes, taste to form the kinds of complex associations that make up true understanding. Continue reading

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Family Stories Form Us

Knowing stories about their families may be the best predictor of our children’s health and happiness. Continue reading

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Free Range Chickens & Free Range Learning

“Don’t help, Mom,” Claire says as I go to pick up the three-day-old chick. So I watch instead. It’s peeping helplessly at the side of the ramp leading up to the chicken coop. The mother hen and her other chicks … Continue reading

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Recognizing Each Child’s Particular Genius

What we might consider idiosyncrasies or problems may very well indicate a child’s strengths. Continue reading

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Five Ways to Transcend the School Mindset

When we think of education, we tend to view school as the standard even if we simultaneously realize that many parts of that school model aren’t really working. Get past the school mindset to foster wider learning. Continue reading

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Getting Science On Everything

Toddlers have scientific curiosity. So do teens. For both, there’s a key element to keeping that curiosity alive. Continue reading

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Where Fascination Leads

Do a small child’s fears and fascinations have something to do with a uniqueness he’s trying to live out, a sort of “acorn” of destiny? Continue reading

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