learning 

Making the decision to homeschool

The other night, as my husband and I lay in bed, we were discussing our future and the future of our children. One of the issues that came up was school. We had both agreed awhile ago that we didn't feel comfortable with public schools at the present...

It's true: we learn faster from our mistakes than our successes

Does it seem to you that you're impacted more by negative energy than by positive? In the 15 or so months I've been writing for this website, I've probably received 10 nasty comments. Really, not too many. And although I have received hundreds of hel...

13-year journey of 23 kids from Harlem

I've looked at the children in my daughter's class before and wondered where they'd be in the future. And, honestly, it is easy to look at them-- young children from (mostly) wealthy suburban families and figure they have the odds in their favor. Hav...

Life Lessons from Lake Tahoe

Every February for the last few years, Rachel has had a week's vacation following President's day. We've taken the opportunity to go to the Lake Tahoe area, staying in the home of a very generous friend. Of course, Jared's preschool doesn't have the ...

Creating a learning environment at home

Ellie has attended a small Montessori school for the past several years. This fall, she will begin first grade in a public school. Her education thus far has been a wonderful experience. The Montessori style of educating has exposed her to a broad ra...

Product Recall: "Laugh and Learn" Learning Bunny Toys

Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y. in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling their "Laugh and Learn" Learning Bunny Toys. These toys feature a pink pompom nose which can detach from the toy, posing a choking...

How to get started homeschooling

When it comes to homeschooling, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Where do you start? What do you do? How do you do it? I've toyed around with public school alternatives for awhile now and have felt that I should research all my options. Inspired by Ma...

Using TV as a parenting tool?

When it comes to television, there's a lot of negative information out there. It is too violent, a time suck or too time-consuming. But what if television could help you become a better parent? A study out of the UK shows that for some parents, watc...

Do children's friendships help them learn in school?

If you are like me, you may wonder if the friendships your child forms help with school activities. Apparently, they can in some cases if a study in a recent issue of the British Journal of Educational Psychology holds up. The authors questioned whet...

Play and learning???inseparable dimensions

A recent study from Sweden discussed the dimensions of learning in play and the dimensions of play in learning. Observations of two situations were chosen, one from a mealtime and one of children's play, as examples of playful interactions between te...

Building a meaning vocabulary in young children

Parents and educators agree that teaching vocabulary to primary grade children is essential. Studies of teaching vocabulary (word meanings) using story books in the primary grades reported gains of 20%-25% of word meanings taught. A recent set of stu...

UK: When teaching boys, actions speak louder than words

From the Telegraph:  the underachievement of boys in state-run schools has been acknowledged by the British government, which has now set up programs to address the issue.   According to the article,  currently, boys lag 17% behin...

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