Category Archives: homeschooling

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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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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Help Kids Learn About Business & Finance: 60+ Resources

Help kids earn money outside the home, learn through picture books, make mock investments, set up an entrepreneurial fair, create a “flying the nest” budget, enjoy finance-smart games, and many more ideas for raising money-wise kids. 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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No Parrots Here

Parenting would be easier if kids parroted our interests, but that would be indoctrination instead of exploration. Continue reading

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School Violence Led Us To Homeschooling

We became homeschoolers suddenly. One morning our oldest son, a freshman in an award-winning suburban high school, called home saying, “He’s got a gun.” The teen who’d been harassing him just said he wouldn’t live through the school day. Continue reading

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How To Learn From Experts

Learn directly from people who are passionate about what they do. Continue reading

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