Category: Child Development

Bribing the Kids? The difference between good and bad reward systems.

Bribing Your Kids?

Today’s post is by teacher and founder, Nidhi Patel. She shares four rules for doing rewards right. I hear families both struggling and thriving with teaching kids at-home. Our new normal has changed a lot of typical rules: screen-time restrictions have been largely lifted and parents are using an age-old technique more than ever…. “Mommy…
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Homeschooling When Your Youngest Eats Crayons

Homeschooling When Your Youngest Eats Crayons

Do you dream of the day when your youngest will behave like the child in the picture above? Enjoying this part of your life requires a combination of mindset shifts and practical help to get through your days without feeling like you are being torn apart at the seams from being pulled in three different directions all day.

I Love it When my Kids Fail

I Love it When My Kids Fail

Growth does not take place in a vacuum. One of the worst things we can do to our kids is place them in an environment where they are continuously guaranteed success. Babies Must Fall Before They Can Walk Can you imagine if we never let our babies stand up? I mean, they are so unsteady…
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Letting Go of Labels and Breaking the Walls of Learning

Letting Go of Labels and Breaking the Walls of Learning

Development is a complex interplay of genes and enviornment. Don’t let labels based on genetics or current abilities stop you from giving your child what they need to become their own awesome selves.

Your Brain on Poetry - Don't throw this subject into the 'optional' bin.

Keep the Poetry in Your Homeschool

Poetry is often relegated to the pile of optional subjects. Optional subjects are the first ones we cut when we are busy or overwhelmed. Is poetry entirely necessary to a good education? Isn’t it a bit antiquated and irrelevant in this age of technology? Would our children not be better served learning a programming language…
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Genetics and Intelligence for Your Homeschool

Genetics and Intelligence for your Homeschool

There is no nature vs. nurture war, but a multiplication of nature times nurture. What does this mean for our homeschools? This means your slow learner can become a fast learner. Because you can train their brain to learn better. This is also why I don’t like labeling slow learners or gifted kids. Both labels cause more problems than they solve. Even homeschoolers have a long way to go in understanding intelligence, the proof is in the fact that will still try to sort out our children using these labels and even purchase products based on these labels.

The Four Most Important Things to Include in Your Homeschool Plans for Next Year

It might sound simplistic, but these are the things your kid’s brain needs to grow.

Getting Little Boys to Sit Down and Learn

I see plea’s about the inability of boys to sit still and learn come up frequently in homeschooling forums and facebook groups. Everyone wants to know how to get them to sit still and also if their inability to sit still is normal. The question of whether or not they would be better off in…
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Help! I’m Homeschooling Highschool – A Weapon to Keep Panic at Bay

Three words – Know Your Vision I know, I know, you don’t have time to create a vision statement for high school, you have too many practical decisions to make and hours of research before you can make them wisely. But please, just stop for a moment. Without a clear vision of what you want…
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Helping Your Slow Learner

Helping Your Slow Learner

How to help your slow learner win the race of learning.