Bees on the Roof: A Book Review

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Most of our experience, our knowledge and our thinking is organized as stories. —Daniel Pink Learning through stories is different than learning by memorizing facts or individual ideas. Stories provide a context for information and, if well-written, create an emotional connection, helping our brains understand and retain specific facts and … Continue reading

Five+ Books for the Times You Doubt Your Homeschool Choices

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Whether you are a veteran homeschooler or brand new to this adventure, Back to School season tends to bring about a slew of emotions: fear, excitement, overwhelmedness, joy. And the questions persist: Will I be able to challenge my child enough? Will there be gaps in their learning? Will it … Continue reading

Australia to Zimbabwe – A Romping Review

In her new book, Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries, Ruth Fitts takes readers on a fact-filled adventure around the globe. Working her way through the alphabet, Fitts explores the geography, culture, and language of 24 countries (“W” is for the world, and “X” … Continue reading

Online Art Class for Creative Summer Fun

Summer Art Class Summer. Swimming pools and beaches. Profusions of flowers. Water and color.  And summer is a perfect time for letting water and color flow together in watercolor paints. Watercolor is a refreshing medium with the ease and fluidity reflective of the season. Perfect for taking on the road, … Continue reading

Homeschool a Foreign Language or Two with FluentU

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by Carissa Leventis-Cox Learned Seven Languages, but Mastered None In my academic life, I have learned Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, German, Italian, and French (in addition to English), but unfortunately I do not keep up with any of my foreign languages. I have forgotten most through disuse or never learned them … Continue reading

The Role of Competition Mathematics for College Admissions and Beyond

Mathematical talent is more important than ever in today’s highly technical world, and yet, the US high school math curriculum still fails our students. Confused instruction and reliance on standardized testing do not produce students who have the creativity necessary to be tomorrow’s thinkers. Parents and students alike are seeking … Continue reading