Summer is here and it feels like we wait all year for these long days with no school schedules. Then a commercial for a learning center comes on and you hear that your kids can lose up to 2 reading levels over the summer and 1-3 months of learning. Without hiring a tutor or sending them to an educational program, how can you help them maintain those skills and even gain more in fun creative ways? 1. Join the local library summer reading program. This is something we do every year and I am ... Continue Reading
Maintain school skills throughout the summer with these creative ideas.
Learn about the various alternatives to traditional public school.
We recently discussed standardized testing in the public school system and whether or not it is a hindrance or blessing. After reading through all the comments, it appears that most of you believe it is ultimately harming the public schools as a whole. This lead me to start thinking about schooling options. Most people feel as though they have no options when it comes to selecting schooling for their children. They feel they must remain in their failing school district and supplement ... Continue Reading
Learn the top myths to raising intelligent children, along with the best ways to foster your child’s intelligence.
In today’s competitive world parents would like to give their kids all the advantages to ensure that they grow up smart. They devour any information they find that purports to give tips on how to raise intelligent kids. Unfortunately, some of the information out there is not rooted in facts. These myths are usually distributed from companies with ulterior motives and products to sell, from "questionable parenting experts," or even from old wives tales and common belief. Below are some ... Continue Reading
Is standardized testing hurting children in the public school system?
I know it is the middle of summer and for the majority of families and teachers that means no school. But this doesn't mean school can't be on your mind. Public schools are funded by taxpayer dollars; therefore, this money is received from our government systems (whether it be local, state, or federal funds). This money is not handed over freely though. Most people agree (regardless of party affiliation) that there is a problem with the public school system. We want certain educational ... Continue Reading
Tis the season for academic graduation ceremonies. Parents and children alike are filled with triumph, hope, and an eye toward the future and its possibilities. As we watch our young people prepare for the next important stage of their lives, we can hope they will follow the following sage advice. “Graduation is only a concept. … [ Read full post ]
Tis the season for academic graduation ceremonies. Parents and children alike are filled with triumph, hope, and an eye toward the future and its possibilities. As we watch our young people prepare for the next important stage of their lives, we can hope they will follow the following sage advice. “Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference.” ~ Arie ... Continue Reading
Learn from the homeschooling approach and incorporate it into traditional schooling for your child.
Studies show that homeschooling can be more effective in developing a child’s intelligence, compared with traditional schooling, says the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association). Children who are homeschooled are found to outperform their peers on standardized tests, and their ACT and SAT scores are higher than those of public school students. It would seem that a homeschooling education delivers benefits that traditional schooling does not. But not every parent is capable of ... Continue Reading
Learn where you store your visual memory, file the information visually. then read it back to yourself from where you have it stored.
What if you could make homework and learning easier for your child? Memory is one of the key skills involved in learning, studying, and doing well in school. Once your child can better retain information, it's easier to learn harder concepts and complete homework on time. But how to teach your child memory skills? Whether you’re homeschooling, helping with homework, or just looking for skills to help your child do better in school, photographic memory techniques are a great way to learn to ... Continue Reading