birdwatching, homeschooling

Our most welcome winter guests

We are enjoying our bird project, and the official FeederWatch program has not even begun, yet. Now that we have new windows and our sunroom remains a comfortable temperature despite the temperature extremes outdoors, I am looking forward to moving the bulk of our education out there so we can keep on eye on the feeders. Previously, my son would…

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education, homeschooling

What priority should fun have in education?

According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary of American English, fun means: Sport; vulgar merriment. A low word. The word probably descends from Middle English, fon, meaning “to befool.” By 1685, it meant “to cheat, hoax” and later meant “trick, hoax, practical joke.” This older meaning is still preserved in the phrase, “to make fun of.” By 1727, it had taken on…

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More fun at school

I was going to post the second part of my take on the fun of education, but time is at a premium. So, instead, I’ll direct to you to this fun little activity. Using square dancing to teach basic concepts such as left, right, circle, square, in and out as well as clockwise and counter-clockwise? Something tells me it would…

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Math shouldn’t be fun

It should be dull and irrelevant. Students should display no confidence in their abilities in the subject. And a healthy dose of low self-esteem goes a long way. This is the difficulty of relying on test scores to define success in education. It is also the difficulty of making international comparisons. However, I believe there is a point here that…

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homeschooling

Parents vs. the State and Socializing Children

I just thought I’d share this rather interesting article from Deutsche Welle on homeschooling in Germany. I always have like Deutsche Welle, and I think they did a nice job on the article…just keep in mind they are Germans and are approaching the subject from a German worldview. Which is evidenced by this statement by Andreas Schleicher, an education expert…

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De-Humanizing Ourselves

One of the first principles covered in the Principle Approach is God’s Principle of Individuality. This basically states that each of us is a unique creation of God, designed for His purpose. It is probably the easiest and clearest of the principles and foundational to the others. It is also the one most likely to be challenged by the unbeliever.…

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The Efficacy of our Education System

Earlier, I posted a link to an article out of New Zealand about how the education system is “out of step” with what parents want. In response, Ms. Cornelius wonders if perhaps the fears regarding the efficacy of the public schools is not just an American phenomenon and if there might also be “blocs that are attempting to dismantle support…

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