How do we help our children be happy, successful, self-directed learners? How do we help them love learning and want to learn all life long? That was the question I wanted to discuss last week at the HSC.org annual conference. And so did other parents, some with toddlers, middles, tweens and … [Read more...] about How do we help our children be happy, successful, self-directed learners?
Q: Wow, Dale cooks. How did you do that? How do you cultivate the joy of cooking? How do you teach your kid to cook so they keep on cooking? I get this question a lot. Especially from folks who have seen Dale happily take a turn cooking at a gathering, hosting a dinner party, or posting a … [Read more...] about How do you cultivate the joy of cooking? 7 Ideas to Help Raise a Kid that Cooks.
Q: How did you approach math with Dale? What programs did your husband want Dale to use as the math became more advanced? A: Find ways to use math everyday and make math meaningful and fun! Here is a sampling of tips, activities, and resources we used while Dale was growing up and when we were … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Use Math Everyday: Tips and Resources
I talked with a mom of a sweet 17 month old thinking ahead about homeschooling or unschooling. I think her question will resonate with many of us so I put the answer on the blog. She said she felt sure she wanted to make the choice, but she still worries about whether she will know what her child … [Read more...] about I Worry: What if I Don’t Know How to Help My Child?
Here is a recent question from a homeschooling mom of a 6 and 8 year old. “ I think I have the other subjects figured out, but how do I work on writing? They really don't like writing.” Four Steps to Raise a Writer First: Relax and make writing meaningful and fun! At these … [Read more...] about How do you raise a writer? Make writing meaningful and fun.
But what if I'm not a teacher? I often hear this question from parents. When we began homeschooling, even though I HAD a credential, people constantly asked, “But how will you teach high school when you are only an elementary teacher ?” I know how intimidating it feels. Don’t let it stop … [Read more...] about How Can I Teach my Kids if I’m Not a Teacher?
This book makes me want to get on a soapbox and shout: read this! Think! I want us to take a look at how we use praise, rewards, power, control and coercion, even inadvertently, on a daily basis. I want us to have the courage to take steps to make changes that will truly help our children grow … [Read more...] about Book Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn