Did you know the average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens? And only minutes in unstructured play outdoors? Did you know that recent research indicates that lots of time in natural settings seem to lead to enhance cognitive, emotional and social development? … [Read more...] about Nature is a Learning Resource
Breathing in the air and aromas, walking in the footsteps or examining firsthand what I have studied or read about is thrilling. I get goosebumps just remembering the first time I: stood under the towering, majestic Redwoods I’d studied in Botany had a slow meaningful conversation in … [Read more...] about Travel and Learning: 12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks
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
We can't make someone else, like our kids, be motivated and we can't motivate them. We can help them develop their own intrinsic motivation muscle that they can call on to build confidence and independence. We might also want to strengthen our own motivation muscle. So what can we do? We can … [Read more...] about 12 Motivation Makers
Happy New Year to You and Yours! Here is a look at just a few of the things I am thankful for as we begin 2015. Bountiful and green kale, mini-cukes, and lemon from the garden. Bracing! Meyer lemons, tangelos, mandarins and blood oranges make the New Year … [Read more...] about Here is to an Abundant and Fruitful New Year!
Some parents have asked: How did I get Dale to love reading? What is the secret to how to raise a reader? Looking back, I see that what really made the difference was sharing the joy of reading that began long before ever thinking about teaching him to read. How a new mom stumbles upon a … [Read more...] about Do You Wonder How to Raise a Reader?
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.