Review:Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

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How do you go about mentoring self-directed learners? Lori Pickert’s books Project Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners does an excellent job of explaining how we set up our homes and lives for mentoring self-directed learners. And even though it says “Project-Based homeschooling”,  you don’t need to be homeschooling to use this book. There are so … Read more Review:Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

Book Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

front cover of Punished by Rewards, book review at LisaNalbone.com

This book makes me want to get on a soapbox and shout: read this! 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 … Read more Book Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

Don’t Forget to Go Outside!

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Here is one of my core beliefs: to improve parenting, learning, and taking care of yourself, make sure you go outside each day. Let nature nurture. Fresh air, sunshine, feet and hands in the dirt help cure a lot of what ails us.   Need help with stress? Sleep? Moods? Take a walk.   “In … Read more Don’t Forget to Go Outside!

Parenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real

  Jane Andraka is warm, funny, and down-to-earth mom, who happens to be, according to Forbes magazine, “a genius at raising brilliant kids.” Her sons Luke and Jack have been taking the science and engineering world by storm, while still in their teens. Her younger son Jack developed a break-through, simple test for pancreatic cancer … Read more Parenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real

15 Ways to Kickstart Your Curiosity

Are you new to the idea of self-directed learning? Or do you just want a nudge to get your own  ideas going? Here’s a list of free and easy ways to kickstart your curiosity. Ready, set, go! Library! Browse the shelves, areas, displays, nooks and crannies. Check the internet policy. Explore all the resources, activities, … Read more 15 Ways to Kickstart Your Curiosity

How do you keep going?

How do you keep yourself going when in the midst of a complex, long-term project? Sustain motivation?

What if it is taking so much longer than you thought it would?

How do you keep going when the going gets tough?

What if you have to keep learning new skills every step of the way, and life slows you down?

Carrie and I are right there with you!  It happens to all of us. Our motivation and energy can be hard to sustain over the long haul.

Sometimes you need to stop and take a breath, and celebrate your progress instead of bemoaning how much more there is to do.

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