Sara McGrath is a long-time homeschooling mother of three and author of several books on self-motivated homeschooling, unschooling, how-to, fiction, and a memoir, as well as hundreds of online articles.
Learn Math Visually! Is your student struggling to grasp math concepts? Does she get correct answers without really understanding why they are correct? Many students fail to really "get" math because, in part, math is taught procedurally, while most children learn best visually and experientially. The ST Math software game uses interactive, graphically-rich animations to help students grasp
Does your STE(A)Mist love music and sound? Then make sure to get June's Groovy Lab in a Box! "Good Vibrations" is all about music, sound, pitch, vibrations, frequency, energy, and much much more. Design Challenge: Using only the materials from your Groovy Lab in a Box, can you design and build a new musical instrument that plays at least three different pitches?Don't forget: Every Groovy Lab in
In preparation for July, here are some of relevant, timely, or otherwise fun resources followed by a request for more fun summer crafts & activities. Thanks for sharing. New from Boot Bomb: Top 50 Long Distance Hiking Trails In The USA Some oldies that may not be up while the website undergoes redesign: A timeline of famous historical events in July 4th of July printables Summer
I've accumulated a number of posts and links about college (or alternatives). Here they are all in one place. New Scholarship Opportunities CGTrader, backed by Intel Capital, is one of the world's leading 3D model platforms. Each semester CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. For the Spring
Piano Wizard Academy - Save up to 47% + Free Shipping Great News! Award-winning Piano Wizard Academy has agreed to extend their GroupBuy offer at the Co-op until the end of April! Your child can learn to play piano by playing the amazingly simple video game, Piano Wizard!Designed with a patented 4-step method, Piano Wizard uses color coded technology and simplicity to learn by doing,
TYSC - FUNtastic Robotics - Save up to 33% + Free Shipping The Young Scientists Club, creators of award-winning The Magic School Bus Science Club, has just announced the FUNtastic Robotics series! For kids ages 8 and up, the four build-your-own robot kits introduce budding young scientists to the exciting world of robotics.Included in each kit are a double-sided 24 in. x 24 in. colorful
Pixabay CC0 Public Domain You might already be convinced about the many benefits there are to teaching a child a second language – such as cultural awareness, multitasking, problem-solving skills, and effective communication. Understanding the benefits of second language learning is one hurdle; the next is finding the right tools to facilitate that learning. Here are three easy ways you can
The Sidereal Messenger compiled 40 great quotes that make fun of coercive schooling in his post, Concentration camp, thy name is "school," beginning with one of my favorites. "I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas." – Agatha Christie "All men who have turned out worth
Homeschooling is a practical option for many families who want to personalize the education of their children. It creates every opportunity to use as many innovative methods as possible to boost learning and make it more meaningful and enjoyable for the child. The internet as well as many education-based companies make personalizing your child's education manageable by providing a wide range of
See all posts labeled: lego My kids love LEGOs, so I take advantage of deals when I can find them. My daughters have particularly enjoyed building robots and simple machines. I loved watching my eldest figuring out how to program the motion sensor on her LEGO crocodile robot and building the art-a-maton Crazy Action Contraptions with the neighbor girl. Check out this article: Top 10
Daughters and I browsed the LEGO store at the mall today and got excited about building a yule / christmas village. Here are some LEGO building designs I've found so far. Gingerbread, train, ornaments, wreathes, snowflakes (chrismcveigh.com) Santa Claus, angel, candles, reindeer, elves, baubles, penguin, bell, wreath, snowflake, toy soldiers, snowman (fungineering.co.uk) WINTER VILLAGE
Millions of people have been through the scenario of walking into their home after they get home from work or somewhere else and realizing that their home has been broken into. They may notice that certain items are missing, but the rest of the home is left untouched. Or they may come to a disaster and see that most of their possessions have been stolen. No matter the situation, there are certain
The ST Math software game uses interactive, graphically-rich animations to help students grasp key math concepts visually. It is widely regarded as a leading -- if not the leading -- educational software for visual math learning. The ST Math Homeschool game-based instructional software guides every student through a unique path of rigorous learning and problem solving. ST Math is: Personalized
Success in personal and professional adult relationships largely depends on social skills that start developing in early childhood. Help your kids get a head start by focusing on these five areas of social development. Empathy Being able to see a situation from a different perspective is difficult for kids, and they often need to be reminded that their actions affect the feelings of others.
You do not need to spend time and money to get to the university. You can sit in a comfortable chair at home and study, for example, further mathematics or programming language. You will get the opportunity to study in a calm atmosphere. You can forget about the excitement during the exam because you don’t have to see the teacher. Lower cost of education Online training centers offer their
Offer good thru Nov 14, 2016: Homeschoolers get 50% off the Magic School Bus science club, plus you'll get 1,000 SmartPoints to spend at Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Join Ms. Frizzle and her students on The Magic School Bus each month in exploring one of twelve different science topics through hands-on experiments. Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the
My kids have always been part of the conversation about voting and elections. They've been especially interested in presidential elections. My kids watch campaign videos, participate in discussions with their dad and me, and hang around while we vote. Here are a few useful online resources for sharing the election process with kids. Watch the free BrainPOP movie about Presidential Elections.
The Internet came into our lives quite rapidly. We can’t live without social media, chats, online news, and so on. As well as entertaining function Internet helps us to learn new information, read books, and evolve our intelligence. It is possible because of numerous educational platforms, learning websites, online tutoring, and courses. There are plenty of advantages that this type of educating
Guest post by Ivan Serrano For many parents, the word “bullying” conjures up images of tall boys with angry faces, knocking books from our hands and taking our lunch money. Maybe we remember the girls that promised to be our best friends, only to be found smooching our crushes behind the bleachers. These bullies were a nuisance, an unfortunate time in our life, we say. But it passed,
In today's fast-paced modern world, single-sex schools may seem old fashioned. However, there is much to learn from this model of education and many reasons why it has withstood the test of time. Boys' schools continue to exist throughout the nation and are actually seeing a rise in popularity as families are discovering their benefits. Read on to learn why more parents are choosing all boys'
Yay! Book 6 of the fabulous chapter book series Wright on Time is available. The Iowa installation is about Halloween. From a previous post when this series debuted: I am privileged to be a stop on the virtual book tour of a new series of chapter books debuting with, Wright on Time: Arizona by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley (Do Life Right, 2009). The series features the adventures of a
This looks really fun! My daughters have enjoyed the related One-Year Novel writing course. Read more about this magazine in a year course here. Cover Story & One Year Adventure Novel - Save up to 20% HSBC is pleased to let you know that Cover Story and One Year Adventure Novel from author Daniel Schwabauer, President and Founder of Clear Water Press, are back at the Co-op!With Cover Story,
It’s enough to read a few books to become wiser, but even a whole life may be not enough to find them. Can books change our life? This is a common question of anyone who enjoy reading… By the way – yes, they can! Books can change our mindset, cause agitation, anxiety, response…they can console us, get rid of feelings of loneliness, and even give us the feeling of moral equilibrium. Books do
I've been playing with this book off-and-on over the past 7 years. I say playing, because it began as an exercise with words and taboo. I didn't know if it would ever really become a finished book. As it is, I think it could continue as a series. Here's the author's note, which gives an explanation of how the book came to be.In case you’re wondering, this book is an exercise in taboo, a challenge I issued to my prudish self. I simply said: I’m going to write about sex. The strange story you’re
I accept that I live within an insane culture, but I refuse to assimilate. Excommunication, however, leaves me wanting.
My story, briefly
I realized at a young age that I did not fit in. I was born to an unconventional teenaged, drug-addicted mother and a feral, forest-dwelling father. It was the Seventies--think wraparound skirts, bell-bottoms, The Mamas and the Papas. My mom named me after a sad Bob Dylan song. Although my young parents were loving, well-intentioned people f
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I'm not saying that unschooling is for everyone. What I am saying is that unschooling is not child abuse, and I would know.
I'm a 34-year-old unschooling mom with three daughters. I love my life now, but inside me the buried remains of an abused child come to the surface each time I read a sad news story about a child mistreated (whether heinous or mundane).
You don't need me to retell the horror stories--like mine--that leave no doubt about abuse, but what about the th
Why would anyone want to read about another person's horrible childhood?
One reason: Because our stories are bigger than ourselves.
I read other people's memoirs to feel less alone than I felt when I was growing up. I felt absolutely alone--cut off and different from the rest of humanity. I wrote my own story to extend that same hand to others.
I wrote memoirs of a strange little girl to put my stories into a form that would allow me to sort through my thou
Great Storytelling. "What a great bit of storytelling, you spare us the sentimentality simply get on with the story from beginning to end. You have a unique voice which takes us time to get out head around but eventually it becomes as much part of charm of the book as does your honesty. Brave, articulate, open and clear, I would hope and pray that this was cathartic to write. I enjoyed this, although that is the wrong word, but what I mean is became utterly immersed in this charmin
I'm sad. Too much horrible news. I never seek out bad news online, because I'm just too sensitive to cope well with it. I don't purposely avoid it either though, so when it's right there in the headlines it's pretty hard to miss. Anyway, all on the same news page were a two-year-old raped at Sea World by a family friend while her parents rode a ride, a 5-year-old raped by her mother's boyfriend and then spanked for it when her mother walked in, a 6-year-old raped by her grandpa and made by her
I had many dreams that stood out for me during childhood. This particular one, I had night after night until one night the feel of it changed and I never had it again.I have a recurring dream. A man with all the big predators in the forest–bears, cougars, wolves, followed by elk, deer, bunnies, and squirrels–all chasing me, trying to get me. I run as fast as I can, sliding downhill on the gravel of a logging road, trying to use gravity to my advantage, running and skidding for my life. I wake u