homeschooling motivation

How to Stay Motivated when Homeschooling Advice for parents Do you ever find yourself, as a parent and an educator, getting burned out? I predict that the answer is yes, and you’re not alone. Many, many parents around the world have trouble staying motivated in their homeschooling routines. While doing research for this post, I […]

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philosophy for children

Organizing a Homeschooling Co-Op How to Spot and Solve Disagreements Before They Derail You Starting a homeschooling co-op can be extremely rewarding. We explained how co-ops can help your kids form friendships in an earlier blog post, but it can helpful in all sorts of ways. A co-op can give your kids access to classes […]

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philosophy for children

Philosophy for Children: A Simple, Cost Effective Way to Improve Child Education End Bullying by Closing the Achievement Gap The most common thought process most people have is that children don’t have the ability to think critically until they’re twelve years old. But I’d like to make the case that children are actually very receptive […]

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spanking

Spanking: Busting a Myth and Increasing the Learning Ability of Children Debunking an Ineffective Parenting Strategy, and Offering Alternatives Parenting can be extremely frustrating, as can teaching, and if you’ve chosen to homeschool your kids the stress of doing both is a lot to take. If the frustration gets to you, it can be tempting […]

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English as a second language

Teaching English as a Second Language Think to Spell, Schwa, Word Markings, ESL, and Free Learning Tools If you’re looking for a great way tot teach your English as as second language students, starting with our Mnemonic Phonic Technique is a great start-this free tool teaches the 72 Orton phonograms and the 45 sounds that […]

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Teach your Child to Read English Memory research has verified the efficiency of teaching all of the sounds of the phonogram at one time, rather than in layers. When the phonogram sounds are introduced together, the brain can store the information in one place for easy retrieval. The easiest way to learn to read and […]

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Orton-Spalding Based Method for all learners

Orton-Spalding Method for All Learners English Reading, Spelling & Writing Language Arts Dr. Samuel Orton, a famous neurologist, isolated the 70 most used phonograms, the “Phonics Codes”, of the English language. A “phonogram” is either one letter or a set combination of letters which represent one or more single ‘voiced’ sounds in a given word. […]

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Alphabet

Teaching the Alphabet First: Debunking a Myth Teach the 72 Orton Phonograms First We’re usually taught that learning English starts with the alphabet. Kids need to learn those 26 letters before they can make the language work for them, so we need to teach them the alphabet as early as possible. But while it’s obviously […]

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Campbell's law

How to Get Out from under Standardized Testing A Guide for Parents I have a Princeton Review study guide in my living room right now that has this to say about the new edition of the Graduate Record Examination: “…It’s safe to say that neither GRE—new or old—is a realistic measure of how well you’ll do […]

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dangers of daycare

The Dangers of Daycare Homeschooling’s Not as Costly as It Seems In your first year or two of parenting, you might get a sense that sending your child to daycare is as mandatory as sending them to school. Even if it creeps you out—or you think your child isn’t ready to spend so much time […]

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