Category: Educational Philosophy

Cognitive Science in Your Homeschool Series Collection

9 ways to use cognitive science in your homeschool This series will focus on cognitive science and how that knowledge can help us in our homeschool. I will be delving into some of the concepts taught by Daniel T. Willingham in the book Why Don’t Students Like School? Although our students don’t go to school, …
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Making Math Wonder-Filled

Wonder is a feeling of surprise, mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable (definition from Google Dictionary). We already know how important surprise can be in turning the brain on to learn. Surprise wakes us up and makes a go “Wait, what?” Then, if we don’t find ourselves in a stressed…
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Top Three Reasons I Home Educate my Kids

I chose the term home educate over homeschool because I am not trying to copy what schools do in my home, I am trying to far surpass them.   1. I think children are people.   Real, live, thinking, feeling people forming ideas and becoming themselves. I would say this idea is one of the…
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Education for Everyone: An Ancient Idea

Education 4000 Years Ago With the beginning of written language, there also began systematic education which had a purpose beyond survival. But education was not just about learning to read and write symbols that stood for words. Mathematics textbooks have been found in Samaria dating back to 2000 B.C.(1) The beginnings of school. Schools are…
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Before Education

What Children Learned, Why, and How Let’s step back. Away from the hustle and bustle, the gadgets, the information age, and the world where we need to know a million ‘things’ to succeed. We are going back, or to the side however you want to view it. To a time in history before there was…
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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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One Simple Trick to Find Your Homeschooling Style

Food, so many of life’s essential questions can be answered by this one word, and the educational philosophies behind different styles of homeschooling are no different. What you believe about food reveals how you feel about parenting, and educating our children is just a piece of the parenting pie.