Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Khan Academy Adds College Advice

Just heard about this great new resource from Khan Academy to help people who are looking at college. They cover applying to college, choosing a college, even scholarship applications.

Check it out: https://www.khanacademy.org/college-admissions?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=All%20Users&utm_campaign=College%20Admissions%20Announcement&utm_content=Final

Friday, October 3, 2014

"I new discoveries that make us rethink old thoughts. Beliefs have to get rocked every now and then or there is no opportunity to grow. Rigid thinking causes stagnation and stress. Learn to flow with changes and new information. Life ... always an adventure." ~ Takara

World's oldest pyramid is significantly older than previously thought!



Monday, October 7, 2013

Homeschooling As A Single Parent

Recently I read on a message board on Facebook a question by a single mom desperately trying to figure out how to work and get all the subjects properly covered. Her son loves science, but she was feeling that science was taking up too much time and other subjects were suffering because of it.

These were some of my comments:

The love of learning is extremely important and the more you unschool - letting the child delve as deeply as possible into the topics they enjoy - really helps with that. Its not always easy and it often requires help.

I would enlist dad's help if possible in reading some science or suggesting they visit some science museums or something. Dads aren't always up for that type of thing.

Perhaps seeing if he could tag along some days at another homeschool house would also help.

We are heavy into media in my home. My son watches endless science documentaries on netflix, youtube, and other online locations.

I purchased a subscription to Educator.com. It is geared towards high school. I taught him how to use Evernote and open two windows. He watches a documentary in 1 window while taking notes in Evernote in the other. It accomplishes writing, typing, reading, science education, and a whole lot more.

I think typing is something they need to learn early.

A program like Time4Learning is something he could do on his own even when you are not there. I'm sure there are others. All you have to do is teach him how to use it and a great deal of his education could be done without your direct input. I'm sure he is not by himself when you are working, so whomever is taking care of him could be instructed to get him started and assist when necessary in using something like Time4Learning for say an hour each day or one module in 2 or 3 different subjects - however long that might be per day. There are quizzes and you can print out a report of what subjects the student studied and how well they did. So its easy to see if he is actually learning or needs to go back and review some things. We used it through the 4th grade and my son really enjoyed it. After that he lost interest.

One of my friends was in a similar situation. She is a single parent with sole custody and zero interaction with the father. She worked nights. He is very science oriented and she was able to make it work.

Best of luck!

Find out about many other curriculum choices at my homeschool website: http://www.homeschoolsantafe.com.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dolphin Parenting

Wow is that me!

I'm one of the dolphin and whale experts scheduled to speak at Cetacean Summit Hawaii 2014 in March on the Big Island.  You can find out more about that here: http://cetaceansummit.com/Home_Page.html

I came across this article about parenting like a dolphin and boy does it resonate: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/08/01/dolphin-parenting-raising-kids-to-be-smart-and-happy


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Extraordinary Talent and Homeschoolers

Wow - that's all I can say.

My son is now 14 and completely self directed in his educational pursuits. He is dedicated to his academic studies and is very sure of who he is and what he wants.

We began homeschooling from the very start because when he was three someone asked him where he was going to go to school. He looked at the person with all seriousness and said, "My mom is going to teach me." Out of the mouth of babe's I guess. Homeschooling was not something I was familiar with and it certainly wasn't ...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Free Day at 1,400 Museums and Events on September 28th

Just saw a post by the Smithsonian that on September 28th, 2013, over 1,400 Smithsonian and Smithsonian-related museums and event venues will be free.

Visit this link to find a museum near you: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-search/