Solution to the Einstein Challenge

Here's the solution to last Friday's puzzle. 🙂 As you remember, 5 students live in 5 houses on the same street. Each house is a different color. Each student plays a different sport, has a different favorite class, and keeps a different sort of pet. No two are the...

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Schooling In Our Right Minds

On Facebook. On Pinterest. Unless you live under a rock, you've seen the tests and quizzes that purport to tell you whether or not you're "in your right mind." Maybe after a hard week of homeschooling, you're not entirely sure. Or perhaps it's our children who aren't...

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Einstein’s Challenge

Here's a fun challenge to keep your kids' minds busy for a while! Let's pretend that 5 students live in 5 houses on the same street. Each house is a different color. Each student plays a different sport, has a different favorite class in school, and keeps a different...

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You DID Build That!

Creating something of value is intensely satisfying and fulfilling. Creativity is an expression of ourselves, especially when shared as a gift with others. Some years ago, creatives were informed "You didn't build that!" as if the value of our ideas and...

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Teaching Creativity

So we've arrived at the highest level of thinking and learning--creativity. That's the capstone. The goal of our teaching. At this level our children will be able to do so much more than read and regurgitate, parroting whatever ideas they are fed by others. Their...

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[Your Name Here]’s List

In 1995 Angie Hicks moved to Columbus, Ohio to help her boss, William Oesterle, find a reliable construction contractor. She went door-to-door gathering reviews of local home and lawn care services. Then Angie compiled her list, giving companies report-card-style...

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Helping Kids Develop Discernment

Discernment is a skill that's sorely lacking these days, isn't it? You don't have to look far to find people gullibly believing all sorts of foolish notions and making foolish choices and decisions based on delusional thinking. Some people assume that foolishness and...

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More Analysis-developing Activities

We've been discussing higher-level thinking skills and how to help our children develop them. On Monday I published a word list that suggests several challenge activities you could work into your child's formal academic assignments, but in our Friday Fun posts I've...

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Key Words for Teaching Analysis

It's all well and good to define analysis as "separating components and sorting fact from theory," but when we're trying to teach that what, exactly, does it look like? The last few posts have given a few examples of real-life readiness activities that help develop...

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Household Chores Build Brain-Power!

Maybe Mary Poppins was onto something..."In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and *snap!* the job's a game!" Chores don't have to be brainless drudgery, and they're definitely NOT brainless activities. In fact, many chores such...

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Training Wheels for Your Future CEO

Remember when your Grandma let her play around in her button box? Who knew that she was grooming you to become a great analytical thinker! I'll tell you how buttons and boardrooms relate in the next Monday post, but I just wanted to toss this simple exercise out now...

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Can You Teach Creativity?

Can you teach creativity? I would answer this question with a resounding, "YES!" That's because creativity isn't so much about WHAT we do as HOW we think about doing it...and any child can be shown how. [bctt tweet="Creativity isn't so much about WHAT we do as HOW we...

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HECOA Not Back to School Summit

This week I had the privilege of speaking as part of the Home Education Council of America's NOT Back to School Summit. Thursday's presentation, How to Encourage Creative Thinkers, I explained why school for so many of us consisted of "Read the text. Work the...

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“What Curriculum Should I Use?”

"What curriculum should I use?" That's probably the #1 question I hear new homeschoolers ask. I always want to say, "NONE!" As Robert Louis Stevenson said, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings!" I mean really, if you...

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The Homeschool Parents' How-To Series

Children are naturally curious. They breeze through their preschool years learning with wide-eyed excitement. Most look forward to their first day of school, but for many the newness wears off quickly. Parents find themselves struggling daily with children who are no longer excited about learning.

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