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Skillpower, Willpower, and New Year’s Goals

In Disease Proof, Katz argues that most people do not accomplish their goals because they do not have the skills to do so.  It isn’t that they are lazy or unmotivated or bad; it simply is that they have never learned the basic steps to choosing goals, losing weight, exercising, and so forth.  This book, […]

Review: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Homeschooling is, when you get down to it, all about learning. That is one of the reasons I picked up Make It Stick:  The Science of Successful Learning—I needed to understand how to make learning work better in our homeschool.  Now I am recommending it to everyone.  Based on research, this book is full of […]

Planning an Unusual High School Credit—A Horsey Example

Miss 14 almost had the saddle on the horse when the barn door opened and a stranger walked in.  He turned out to be the co-op co-ordinator for the local high school looking for one of his students, and suddenly a lightbulb turned on in my head. Perhaps I could give Miss 14 a high […]

Review: Career Exploration by Vicki Tillman

As homeschooling parents of teens we are not only teachers; we are also guidance counsellors.  This is enough to frighten many parents but there are resources that make it easier. One of them is Vicki Tillman’s Career Exploration, a workbook that explores many aspects of a teen’s aptitudes, interests, and passions and helps translate them […]

Review: Smart but Scattered Teens by Guare, Dawson, and Guare

Perhaps you have one of them, a teen who is bright but just can’t seem to get things together.  Sometimes I suspect most of us, parents and teens, are scattered in one way or another.  But some struggle in a deeper way with executive skills, ‘the functions of our brains and thought processes that help […]

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