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  1. The Power of Praising Kids

    by , 05-18-2015 at 04:54 PM
    How to encourage your child without overpraising

    “You are so smart!” “Great job!”

    You’ve likely used phrases like these, particularly when praising a young child for achievements large or small. It’s a natural impulse to enthusiastically sing kids’ praises – both for their successes and as a way to bolster their spirits. But it may not be the best instinct.
    You want your child to be confident in their abilities. How can “Excellent! Well done!” have a negative ...
  2. Weekly Wrap and blurb about history

    by , 05-15-2015 at 02:43 PM
    We have started over, at the beginning, and I am SO glad. Modern history is, of course, worthwhile as a subject – interesting, intriguing, invaluable for understanding our world – but my kiddos, at 9 and 11, want Good Guys and Bad Guys. Trying to explain the subtleties of shifting alliances and what “national interests” are – meh. It’ll be much more interesting to me (and hopefully, to them) when they are 13 and 15. We know so much about the whys of modern history that the details bog the kids ...
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  3. Life & Death

    by , 04-30-2015 at 12:09 PM
    Life is full of amazing learning experiences for kids. It’s also full of sudden experiences that you might not feel well equipped to handle.

    One such experience, for me, is death.

    To continue reading, please go here: Life & Death | SecularSchooling
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  4. Oh my goodness..

    by , 04-15-2015 at 01:50 PM (Teaching a Monkey to Fly)
    Ok...so I have completely allowed this blog to fall to the wayside. So, let's begin again.

    Here is where we currently stand in our homeschooling adventure:

    The week so far - (pictures can be found at my website).


    It's only Wednesday and it feels as though it's been a long week already. I suppose it doesn't help that I have been sick and The Monk has not (even The Hubs has been ill - and The Monk is not), so making it through the day has been...challenging. ...
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  5. The Transition to Independent Learning

    by , 03-12-2015 at 02:21 PM
    Homeschooling during the early and late elementary years can be challenging. It requires a lot of one-on-one interaction and a great deal of time is spent guiding younger students. Many parents look forward to the time when their children become more independent learners. By grade six, students should begin to take on some independent learning responsibilities and lessen the load on the parent teacher. But how do you make that transition into independent learner, while letting your child know ...
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