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Why (and How) to Include Coding in Your Homeschool

Why (and How) to Include Coding in Your Homeschool

The world today relies heavily on the use of computers. Preparing our kids to thrive in this digitally focused atmosphere requires more than just a basic understanding of how to use computers. By introducing coding in your homeschool during the developmental years, parents can place their children at an advantage to thrive in a world(…)

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Online Safety for Teens Using a Parental Control App

Online Safety for Teens Using a Parental Control App

While I say teens, the conversation and act of using a parental control app for online safety seems to need to start earlier and earlier. Most children are exposed to the Internet at the age of 6! So while online safety for teens is important, you most likely should be starting earlier than the teen years!(…)

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The CLT: A New College Admissions Exam

The CLT: A New College Admissions Exam

As the new SAT makes its way to colleges and universities across the U.S., students and educators are scrambling to ensure they are prepared for what promises to be a substantially different test than the previous iteration of the College Board’s gateway to higher education. Written to align with the Common Core Standards being taught to many American students, the new SAT creates a dilemma for many educators. They must try to find a balance between instilling in students the virtue and knowledge necessary to form a well ­rounded student and lifelong learner, and conforming their teaching to the rigid body of knowledge required to succeed on the SAT. But what if there was another option? Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) in Annapolis, Md., has created the Classic Learning Test (CLT), the first new college admissions exam to be offered since the debut of the ACT in 1959. The founders of CLI recognize that the SAT, while not without merit, leaves out crucial aspects of a true  education. Texts featured on the SAT don’t reflect the values that are most cherished by home and private educators. CLI believes that within each child is a capacity and thirst for unlocking the good, the true, and the beautiful. Put simply, the texts featured on the SAT, and ultimately in many classrooms, fail to connect students to the goodness, truth, and beauty they inherently desire. By contrast, the CLT features works from the Western tradition by authors such as Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Martin Luther King Jr. By doing so, the CLT hopes not only to espouse  a love of deep analytical thought in students, but also to be accessible to students from all educational backgrounds. The CLT hopes to be a more user­ friendly exam as well. The exam is taken online on a student’s computer or tablet, and, at two hours in length, is significantly shorter than either the SAT or the ACT. Students are also free to move between the exam’s three sections (reading comprehension, writing, and quantitative reasoning), as well. With its premiere June 11th administration, the CLT has proven itself to be a more comfortable and accessible exam for students to complete. Students are also given their score soon after submitting their exams, eliminating the anxious wait to receive test scores! The CLT is a new, and the fastest growing college admissions exam in the country! For more information and to(…)

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Why Outdoor Play is an Important Part of the Curriculum

Why Outdoor Play is an Important Part of the Curriculum

Whether teaching begins at home or at school, finding a way to engage children with their learning is top of the agenda. You can’t expect them to learn everything from a textbook. In fact, during the Early Years Foundation Stage, experts recommend that parents and teachers focus more resolutely on the importance of play, which(…)

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Celebrate Mother’s Day With Photos

Celebrate Mother’s Day With Photos

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate those we call mom. Young and old, biological or not, it is a day to say: Thanks – I Love You – and Do You Remember? But how do we do that? It can sometimes be difficult to come up with a gift for our grandmothers, wives, and(…)

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Teaching World Religions in Middle & High School

Teaching World Religions in Middle & High School

While teaching World Religions is not a specified requirement for our homeschooling, it is something we have chosen to add in throughout the years. This has often happened naturally as topics have come up in our reading, history, and everyday life. One of the best ways to approach this type of learning is by having(…)

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Brain Chase Summer Learning Adventure

Brain Chase Summer Learning Adventure

I used to go full on school mode, even in the summer. Even if we didn’t do the exact same things during the summer, I always found workbooks and things to “do” over the summer. You are now asking yourself, “Why on earth would you do that?” The answer is that I am always striving(…)

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College Savings Plan with FutureAdvisor

College Savings Plan with FutureAdvisor

Did you know that more than half of all student-loan borrowers are now delinquent in their payments? I have one child preparing for her college years and two more in the wings. We always talked about saving for this day, but didn’t really put anything into action. I don’t want to make that same mistake(…)

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Introducing The NEW Educents Marketplace

Introducing The NEW Educents Marketplace

Introducing the NEW Educents Marketplace I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news. Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired… And there were only 50 deals available at once… I wanted saving(…)

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Winter Indoor Fun With Popcorn

Winter Indoor Fun With Popcorn

Here in New York the winters can be very long! Since being outside for long periods isn’t always an option, we have to find fun and innovative things to do inside! On a cold winter day (or night) there is lots of indoor fun with popcorn to be had! Many thanks to Pop Secret for(…)

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Easy Healthy Homemade Snacks for Studying Kids

Easy Healthy Homemade Snacks for Studying Kids

Many parents will tell you how difficult it can be to get children to focus on studying, especially when they’re hungry or their energy levels are low. Their focus tends to wander, they get bored, and then their mind wanders or they start doing something else. Some parents try giving them snacks but depending on(…)

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Easy Do-It Yourself Face Painting

Easy Do-It Yourself Face Painting

Have you ever been to an event, say a festival or party, where someone was painting faces?  Did you ever have your child tugging at your shirt insisting they must participate in said painting of faces? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do the face painting yourself? With Easy Do-It Yourself Face Painting(…)

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