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In 1968, futurist educator George Leonard wrote a book called Education and Ecstasy, which had a chapter titled ”Visiting Day, 2001 A.D.”  In this chapter he described a learning environment for kids where they would have access to all cultural knowledge via giant ten-foot square screens.  While our screens are usually smaller in 2020 A.D.,...
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The sudden appearance of a worldwide pandemic, and the closure of most schools across the United States, has left many parents scrambling to provide homeschooling for their kids.  While in many cases the schools have taken the lead in this effort and are providing online learning for their students, in other cases parents are more...
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Knowing how your child learns best can mean the difference between experiencing frustration and failure at school or achieving academic excellence and engagement.  One of the best frameworks for understanding how your child learns is Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.   Gardner argues that there is not one intelligence for all (measured by I.Q. tests),...
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One of the most important things that homeschooling parents can share with their kids is to teach them about how they learn best.  You can always teach them individual things (spelling, math concepts, reading skills), but if you teach them about their own personal style of learning, you give them a gift that they will...
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While many parents are opting to use the school’s or the Internet’s learning programs with their kids during the COVID-19 outbreak, some parents are using this time as an opportunity to engage their children and teens in unique learning adventures and experiences.  If you find yourself in that latter category of parents, I want to...
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With the advent of COVID-19, millions of parents are now confronted with the task of teaching their kids at home.  I’d like to save you a lot of time and frustration trying to badger your child into finishing his school assignment or an assignment from a homeschooling program you’ve just enrolled in.  The fact of...
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For parents who are homeschooling their kids in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are looking for things to teach their kids, here’s a way to teach even younger kids (grade 3 and up) the principles of the very first scientific law that could be expressed in a mathematical formula:  Boyle’s Law – a...
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Countless parents are being presented with the enormous challenge of having to decide how to go about homeschooling their children and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This article provides a list of options to consider, and the pros and cons of each one. Option #1:  Do Nothing.  This alternative suggests that you just take a...
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With so many school closures, parents are becoming increasingly responsible for their kids schooling at home.  One topic that parents might consider exploring with their kids is the idea of exponential math in relation to this pandemic. There’s been a lot in the news about the exponential rise in the number of cases of the...
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