Entries Tagged as 'Creativity'

Help your children connect the information skeleton

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by Susan August

I've read a lot of homeschool magazines and books over the last several years. A lot of the things I've read have long been forgotten. There is one idea, however that has stuck with me. I would even venture to say that it has become somewhat central in a lot of my homeschooling decisions. I don't remember where I read it, but it was in an article by Mary Pride. She said that her blueprint for homeschooling was to create a sort of information "skeleton" and then keep adding on to it until it was a living thing instead of just bare bones. In other words, link new material to things your kids already know.

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Mistakes Writing Teachers Make

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by Andrew Pudewa
AHEAD Conference Speaker

We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: frustration about writing assignments.

Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include:

  • What to correct and how to give a grade?
  • How much help is too much?
  • Isn’t the assignment clear enough?
  • Why don’t students find their own errors?

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Summer Fun Doesn't Need To Be Expensive

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by Joyce Herzog
Speaker at Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators Convention

Joyce Herzog shares some ideas for your family to have fun this summer on a budget.

Fireworks. Do outdoors or on a protected surface. Use food color or any liquid paint. Make 3 to 5 small puddles on paper. Blow through a straw into the puddles. The paint will explode onto the paper looking like fireworks. Try it with different colors of paint and paper.

Eat outdoors. Have a picnic in the backyard or the park. Make it simple (peanut butter sandwiches and an apple) or fancy (fried chicken and the “fixins”) or even cook out (hot dogs on a stick and “s’mores”). For added fun eat watermelon and have a seed-spitting contest.

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Handwriting practice can be fun

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by Denise Eide
Speaker at MassHOPE Convention
April 24-26

Letter Dictationgirl writing in the sandProvide students with a whiteboard, chalkboard, sensory box, or paper. Say the sounds of one of the letters. Direct the students to write the letter.

Blind Writing
Direct the students to close their eyes and write the letter five to ten times without looking. Without visual cues, the students must rely on muscle memory. Instruct the students to open their eyes and choose the letter which is written the most legibly.

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Vocabulary Fun

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by Nancy Manos
AHEAD Partner Blogger

Over lunch at a restaurant, when the girls were about nine and eleven, our oldest daughter Olivia said she wanted to get her hair cut in a particularrandom words? style. I wasn’t in favor of this and a conflict arose between us. My husband—ever the problem solver—began asking each of us questions to help us understand the other’s position and hopefully come to an agreement. When neither of us would bend, our younger daughter, who had been pretty quiet during most of the discussion, chimed in and stated that it seemed we had reached an impasse. 

James and I were duly impressed with her appropriate use of this word at a very unexpected moment. “Impasse” was a vocabulary word Alex learned through our Words of the Week vocabulary activity.  We all had a good laugh together and enjoyed the rest of our lunch. I don’t recall what we decided about Olivia’s hair, but I’ll never forget Alex’s use of her vocabulary word at just the right time.

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