Friday, September 27, 2013

Education's Shiny Toy Syndrome | CNS News

This is a thoughtful analysis of the toxic alliance between big business and public schools.

Education's Shiny Toy Syndrome 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Math Apps

When we were living in the Middle East the kids went to a private school.  Even though the classes were taught in english it was clear that english was not the first language for many of the teachers.  So, in Maths, my daughter faced the challenge of not only trying to figure out the math equation but also the challenge of making sure she understood the explanation that the teacher was providing.


This was compounded by the uncertainty of where her peers would be in their math level when we returned to the states.  She decided to load up her smart phone with math apps and "play" the math games so that she could stay up on the basics.

This was very impressive to me because she came up with this idea all on her own.  At the same time, the math apps today are much easier to find, download, and "play" than ever before.

Making math fun is a great way to ensure that our kids master the basics before they go on to tackle the upper level courses.

Here is a great article with a list of 10 awesome math apps

Monday, March 25, 2013

Homeschooling is good for your child's health

In a recent study  it was found that homeschooled children often have better sleep habits than their publicly schooled counterparts.

While the article pointed to earlier required start times by public schools, combined with the fact that many teens don't get to sleep until 11pm, there may be more to this than just timing.

At a Wired Kids Summit in Washington DC in 2010 many kids reported taking their wireless devices to bed with them and making sure that they never missed a text.  Parents today are not only battling early class start times for kids but also the fact that many kids now have fully wired / wireless bedrooms.

This study about children's sleep habits is a good starting point for the discussion of healthy brain development and the education of our children.

Is Homeschooling Crazy?

Apparently it is up for debate in Iowa. 

Watch the Interview HERE 

Some senators want people to be able to homeschool up to four kids besides their own children. Others question whether that hurts the children by giving them a lesser education.

This will be an interesting debate to watch.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Join the discussion on our new G+ Community

We have just started a new G+ community to allow for greater communication with our homeschool community.  We can Hangout or just chat.

Join us today at http://gplus.to/homeschool