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10 Ways to Add Fun to Your Homeschool Schedule

Homeschooling is a unique way of learning that allows all involved to grow and progress.
Parents strengthen their bond with their children as they teach them about science, the world around them, different cultures and more. Children get personalized instruction that allows them to work at their own pace and have their individual needs met. All of these benefits are not without challenges, though. Parents have the responsibility to keep learning fun and engaging!

Conversations in the Car Count

by Julie Bogart

You’re driving along discussing how far the sun is from the earth when one of your kids wants to know if the song on the radio is by OneRepublic, another one asks if you can stop by the store to get a starfruit because she heard about it from a book she’s reading, and then another one declares that he knows a shortcut home. The toddler takes this opportunity to throw his pacifier to the floor, and the nine year old steps on it while trying to pick it up. Of course.

A Place to Study

by Steven Horwich

Where will Junior study? And I don't mean “at home,” as that is understood. I mean where exactly.

There is a tendency, I think, amongst those of us raised over the past 150 years (and I’m pretty sure that’s all of us) to think of  “education” in terms of “classrooms”. Classrooms are where one goes to receive “the gifts of education”. (Forgive my slight smirk, here.)

How Outdoor Play Leads to Success in Learning

by Sarah Major

We have been focusing on the value of free play outdoors and how the physical activity impacts brain development, efficient communication between areas in the brain, and thus a child’s ability to learn successfully.

This blog post continues the theme of outdoor free play as we touch on the importance of outside play as it relates to healthy eye development, which in turn also leads to increased abilities to learn.

There are two issues to consider:

Getting Back to Your School Routine

Summer flew by and you may or may not have done all the school-type activities you’d planned. Maybe the kids read a little bit, but you know it wasn’t enough to keep their skills humming. Chalk it up to family fun times and move on.

Good news. It’s great for kids to take a break from the daily grind of school. But you’ll be surprised how much good it does to do a little brushing up on skills before you get back to the real routine.. Here are a few things you can do now to make your child’s re-entry into the new year smoother:

Raising Kids Right: 3 Life Skills Parents Overlook

In ensuring your child or teen receives the best education possible, you may have doubts whether the public school system is the optimum learning environment for them. After all, you want them to pick up and learn the essentials that will make them successful later in life. But are the three R's enough?

Executive Functioning Skills: What Are They & Can They Be Improved?

Introduction to Executive Functions
Do any of your children or students experience difficulty with the following skills?

•    Time Management
•    Planning
•    Organization
•    Completing Tasks
•    Focus and Attention

Happy and Successful Kids Lifeskill 3: Communication Skills

by Jan Pierce, M.Ed

This one is obvious. Communication is a key skill for “kids of all ages.” But communicating is more than just understanding speech and being able to read and write. It’s a broader term that includes the skills of determining our intended message, and then knowing how to convey it. It’s a crucial skill in all social and work environments and is sometimes lacking in our highly technical world.

Smithsonian Study on the Childhood Pattern of Genius, Part 3

by Laurie White

In my last article for HERD
, I discussed factor #2 of a Smithsonian study from the 1960’s on “The Childhood Pattern of Genius.” Here again is the three-part list of common elements found in the lives of the 20 geniuses who were studied:

Tips for Homeschooling in Your Small Space

by Sally Brooks

Designing a homeschool space that works for your family can be daunting, particularly when there are endless pictures on Pinterest of perfectly organized and immaculately decorated workrooms that no matter how hard you tried, you could never quite copy. The task becomes even more Herculean when you are dealing with a small house or apartment. Unlike those with larger homes, families who are homeschooling in a smaller space often don’t have an extra room to dedicate to school work.