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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This Made Me Laugh!

My husband and I are celebrating our 35th Anniversary today (Hi, Honey! *waving*), so I'll just leave this here for your enjoyment. Sir Ken Robinson is one of my favorite speakers. If you haven't heard him, you'll soon see why. He also happens to be rather brilliant...

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A Very Hands-On Math Learning System

I'm very impressed with RightStart Mathematics, a very hands-on mathematics learning system that, if not new, is new to me. I saw it for the first time at a recent home school book fair, and y'all, I really like it! Here's why: RightStart is hands-on. (You knew that...

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Life to Learning, Learning to Life

"Why do I have to learn this? When am I ever gonna use this stuff?" Maybe you've heard those complaints at your house a time or three. I can remember wondering, myself, when I was ever going to have to add or multiply fractions, diagram a sentence, or describe the...

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More STEM-ulation

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is getting a lot of emphasis after several decades on the back-burner of traditional education. For homeschoolers, especially those dedicated to giving their students hands-on experiences, STEM projects are a fantastic...

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A Bit of Perspective

From where I stand in my booth at the homeschool book fair, I spot the young couple as they turn onto my aisle. They're conspicuous precisely because they're trying so hard not to be, but I recognize the signs: anxious eyes wide, heads swiveling as they try to take in...

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Introducing the Kiwi Crate Family

I've just recently met the Kiwi Crate family of products. Perhaps you're old friends already? If not, I'd love to introduce you, too! The Kiwi Company is all about hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Inspiring curiosity and building creative confidence in the fields of...

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Tinker Crate

I've only recently discovered Tinker Crate, but I really like it. I mean I REALLY like it! Tinker Crate is a subscription product that's shipped to your house. A science class in a box, if you will. You can join and pay by the month or save money by paying for a...

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