Monthly Archives: December 2010

Article Just What the Language Doctor Ordered!

Education World ® Lesson Planning: A Quotation a Day: Just What the Language Doctor Ordered!.

I found a neat little (huge) article I think I will start using on this blog and in home learning. Even if you do not home school you can place a little ‘quote of the day’ on a real sticky on your kids computer or game system or T.V. Doesn’t have to be daily, even once a week will work too. Give it a try!

I’m interested to see what happens!

To the right I am going to put a little quote of the week up that I will be choosing from the list provided at that article.

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I wanted to…procrastinate?

I wanted to…

make a post wishing everyone Merry Christmas in a light fluffy post complete with a internet radio link with ragae Christmas songs.

……on the eighth day of Christmas the rent man came to me….”

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Breakdown of Changing Education Paradigms Part 1

One home learning mommy point of view…

Okay, so I do have a few things to say about this video. The one in the post below. In fact I have a few thoughts on each point he makes. As well as some other information I think would have made the video way too long to hold our attention.

school system in a nutshell So in the picture above he is talking about how the public school began. He tells of how the great minds thought it was not possible to educate children from working class ect ect. All very interesting but what he did not tell is the reason why we have summer vacation.Which goes a long with the great minds of the earlier centuries thoughts that children from lower classes can not be educated.

In an article A Brief History of: Summer Vacation in TIME,  Alex Altman explains what the thinking was when they were reforming the education system. The great minds actually thought that when children go to school all year round the poor little minds will go insane.

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Reason Why I Homeschool – 1 of hundreds? thousands? or million’s…we’ll see.

Read the  conversation here Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms

Really, I can’t think of anything more to say. Even if I could I can never say it so elegantly than Ken Robinson.

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Stocking Stuffer ‘Wife-Saver’ Recipe

By now I am sure you have laid everything out to get a visual of what is there when you notice…only 2 or 3 items for the kid’s stocking. The vision of your child staring at a flat neglected stocking flashes before your eyes. You need to fix this now, before the tears and the thousand of dollars worth of therapy.

There are only a few days of shopping and a gazillion of things still to do and only a few dollars left . What on earth are you going to do?

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Report Card Demon

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Report Card Demon

Meet my report card demon.

His name is ‘donotwanttothinkaboutit’. It means ‘bad thing’ in some obscure hidden mountain dialect that was passed down to me by my mother.

 

On Thursday, December 16TH I, a home learning mom, woke up with the piercing knowledge of what that day is.  I pulled and dragged myself out of the safety of my blankets and tiptoed out of my room. Out. A very unfriendly word to me that day because I knew that there will me another ‘out’. An ‘out’ that will actually be ‘out’ in the elements. In the world. To be seen. To hear. To see. To hear. And most frightfully….to read.

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A Cheat for Change

Meet little Jeremy, a boy being made known to many people because his teacher did something. Something us parents are always been careful not to do when helping our children with their homework. Something I have never heard of before. Something that made my jaw drop to my lap.

In an article at dot . learnt, Anna Batchelder tells a short and eye grabbing and heart thumping tale of a teacher stepping in and helping a child out in her article When Emotions Hijack Learning in a manner that would make the average parent scream ‘THAT’S NOT FAIR!” right along side their children. (please read then come back I got a point or two to make on the subject)

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Math Love

When I say the ‘mm’ in ‘math’ my 10 year old begins his frown and by the time I hit the ‘th’ his head is low and his his lip is pouting so much it’s practically touching his neck. He hates math. Although very good at it. So good that if I was not the one who gave birth to him, I would wonder if he was mine at all.

I sucked at  math. I still suck at it even with the calculator. I also do not trust my math and redo every question 3 times just to make sure that I get the same answer every time. But my son is not this way. He always gets it right every time. He is simply one of those people who understands the simple logic of math. None the less he hates it.

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