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Reading Week

Every fall we take a week off from regular schoolwork and focus on books.  This is a rest and a reward for the fall’s hard work.  It is also a huge game changer educationally, as we take time to explore new ideas. This year we were sick during reading week but even so it was […]

Review: Glow Kids by Nicholas Kardaras

If every parent knew and acted on the research presented in Nicholas Kardaras’s Glow Kids, students would learn much better, fewer kids would be on medication for attention and mental health issues, and the psych wards for young people would not be as full. I have been trying to review Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction […]

Screens and our Kids’ Mental Health, with Tips for Parents

We parents worry a bit about what screens may be doing to our kids but our worries are mostly about inappropriate videos, internet predators, and similar dangers and there are internet safety devices to take care of that.  As for the rest, most kids have screens at a young age and all teens are glued […]

Review: Help! I’m Homeschooling! by Tricia Hodges

It is true that habits—good ones, that is—make homeschooling possible and even pleasant.  Charlotte Mason wrote about the importance of habits in education years ago. Recently James K. A. Smith claimed that virtue and character are habits internalized*, showing just how important they are.  Deep down, all of us know that smooth days run on […]

Glow Kids, Screens, and Education

A few years ago, my dental hygienist enthusiastically told me that her children’s school was completely computer based and every kid had a laptop.  With my mouth wide open I couldn’t say anything, but I wouldn’t have known how to respond even if I had been able to talk.  After all, computer learning is everywhere […]

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