Tag Archives: learning

Spelling ‘General Grievous’: Making Orthography Fun

Spelling ‘General Grievous’: Making Orthography Fun

It was with a bit of trepidation that I observed my kid’s first brushes with orthography in grammar school. When it became apparent that something had to be done in the way of regular spelling exercises, my first thought was daily dictations, such as I had been subjected to by my parents. I had hated them (the dictations, not the parents), but spelling could never be fun, it seemed. Read More

Try Family Meditation for Closer Relationships and Personal Growth

Try Family Meditation for Closer Relationships and Personal Growth

In an effort to go through life with more mindfulness and as a way to teach my kids to be more introspective and thoughtful about themselves, we have begun a daily family meditation. Not the legs-crossed/eyes-closed/upturned-hands/”Om” type of meditation, but rather the kind where you read short but meaningful passages and discuss them. It only takes about ten minutes per day, but it builds a lot of personal skills in all of us. Read More

We Can Do It! Lessons From My Son

Some people think homeschoolers teach their kids at home, short and simple. Well, that’s not entirely true. Sure, I might teach my son, the Chief, how to do math, or how to find out more information about his favorite planet, or we might read stories together. But truly, the learning goes both ways. Read More

Do You Want Your Daughter to Excel at Math and Science? Get a Little Help From GEMS

Do You Want Your Daughter to Excel at Math and Science? Get a Little Help From GEMS

GEMS was started to address the well documented but underserved problem of girls not taking high-level math and science classes in high school, thereby limiting their college and career options. It has evolved over the years into a full-focus STEM program, addressing the dearth of female engineers and computer scientists, in addition to the workforce problem of low numbers of female workers in these fields. Read More

Brainy Film Contest Winners

Without a sense of smell, you wouldn’t be able to tell something is burning from the next room. On the other hand, you can’t smell dirty laundry either. Check out the winning video that explains all this from The Brain Awareness Video Contest. Read More

Wombi Monsters Teach Letters, Numbers, & Shapes to Pre-Schoolers

Last year my son started at our local pre-school and ever since his appetite for knowledge has simply grown and grown. Every day he points out letters, number, and shapes around our home or on the street and asks what they are. He’s even asked for phonics books as his bedtime story. It’s something I want to encourage and so when Wombi released a new series of three Monster apps that teach letters, shapes, and numbers I was eager to see what he would make of them. Read More