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How to Shift From School Think to Engaged Learning

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In a TEDx talk by Will Richardson entitled, The Surprising Truth About Learning in School, he posed the question, What do you believe about how children learn best? The list below on the left are answers various teachers, parents, and … Continue reading

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Naturally Learning with Books

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One of my hopeful goals I had for my children’s learning lives is that they would all learn to love reading. Of myself and my three siblings, I was the only one that appeared to love books. My mother’s love … Continue reading

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How Writing Starts with Oral Storytelling

Even with all our current technology creating controversy over how plugged-in this generation of children is, oral story-telling in its purest developmental form is still flourishing. Children want to tell their stories. They seek out anyone willing to listen. Creative, … Continue reading

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The Universal Gifts

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As I researched learning styles, I discovered there were two distinct categories based on brain processing preferences historically referred to as being right-brained (creative) or left-brained (logical). After sharing my knowledge, I was often asked how a person could tell … Continue reading

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All About Spelling

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Gotcha! I’m actually not going to talk about the program, All About Spelling, because I haven’t used it, but I am going to speak about spelling and right-brained, creative learners. Often, it’s these types of learners that propel a parent … Continue reading

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Learning to Read with Sight Words

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I believe there might be a misconception about how a creative, right-brained person learns to read with sight words. From my understanding, when the words “sight words” comes up at school, most often what is being referred to are those … Continue reading

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Two Early Writing Styles

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I had the pleasure of hosting my four great nieces at my home this summer for two months. How wonderful is a houseful of girls! A new experience for me with six boys. Coloring, drawing, and pretty creations were often the … Continue reading

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Your Child Might Be Right-Brained If …

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I thought it might be useful to list some common traits brought up by parents wondering if their child is a right-brained dominant learner. The most important reason that I share the right-brained information is to help adults shift perspective … Continue reading

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A Strong Work Ethic and a Love of Learning

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Two of my children who have attended university partnered with me to present a workshop at some homeschooling conferences on the topic of unschoolers and college. I gave them some common questions to answer in preparation. One was what traits … Continue reading

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Sight Word or Phonics?

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Most parents and educators emphatically believe that the best, most reliable path to learning to read is through a systematic teaching of phonics. Even remedial dyslexic programs tend to be based in phonics. As I’ve said here before, is there … Continue reading