Category: Child Development

Experts Think Differently than Students

Why Johnny Can’t Think Like a Scientist Until he is One

There has been a push in modern education to shift away from teaching kids about stuff (like facts & concepts & patterns) to attempting to teach them how to think like experts. Is such a thing possible? Can you think like an expert before you are one? Do experts become experts because they think differently…
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A Checklist for Kids Healthy Development

Sometimes we are so caught up in the heat of friction within our child-parent relationships that we forget to take a step back, think objectively about what developmental needs our children have, and use that information to inform our parenting decisions. What is the most important thing we can do to support our children right…
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10 things I’ve learned in 10 years of Home Education

1. The most important ingredient to a successful homeschool is a confident, peaceful mom. Kids will pick up and emulate the attitude of the leader. The leader is you, and if you are panicked, disheveled, or worried, they will be as well. 2. Because of the above, you must chill out. I don’t care how…
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You Don’t have to Teach Everything to have Smart, Competent Kids

As the amount of information available to everyone’s fingertips has spread, so has the idea that kids need to learn more stuff. The problem with this is that there is only so much time in a day. Only so much power in the brain for intense sustained attention. Also, there is a real need to…
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Early or Late? That is Not the Question.

There are many who are quite passionate about the answer to this question, and both side can be argued and proven as best with research cited, and whole books written in support of one or the other. Reading many books, defending different answers to this question has led me to believe the question itself is…
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