Review: The Emotes Books

Posted November 23, 2008 by Fred Lee

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The Emotes books offer a new look at some of the age old problems that kids must confront.

Secret Keeper Girl Fiction: A Book Review

Posted November 8, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

If you have a tween girl at home who craves fiction, this series by Dannah Gresh might be a healthy alternative to chick lit books geared toward the teen crowd.

Tough Lessons from Life and the Election

Posted November 5, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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It has been a difficult few months for my family. Homeschooling, 6 cases of the flu, working from home, and keeping up with a rather heated political battle has left this mama a bit worse for wear. While I can count a few more grey hairs as a result of this mega-dose of “life”, I’m also very thankful for the opportunity to teach. Where textbooks have traditionally failed, I have had the blessing to share real life with my children.

Kid-Safe Surfing Should Value Parental Involvement

Posted October 28, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

I have been a Glubble user for some time now. I enjoy letting my kids cruise the internet, but I want to be responsible about how much freedom I gave them. This newest version of the software strikes perfect balance between managing your kids’ screen time and giving them permission to really go places with their online experience!

Kids and Computers: How Young is Too Young?

Posted September 2, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I remember when computers were first introduced as a tool for children (very young children.) I thought to myself, “What kind of parent would let their 3-year-old play computer games?" Mr. Kettle, meet Mrs. Pot.

Read, Read, Read: Why Quantity and Quality Fail Our Kids

Posted July 31, 2008 by Fred Marmorstein

Children's ability to read with conviction is still being undermined by our educational institutions.

Computer-based Homeschool Curriculum Worked for Us!

Posted June 30, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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When I started homeschooling a few years ago, I was excited to order the materials – which included more books, manuals, worksheets, and supplemental items than I could possibly store on our bookshelf. The practicality of “traditional” text-based curriculum soon wore thin. Read on to see how software saved the day.

On Education Part 2 - Our Experience with Waldorf Schools

Posted June 23, 2008 by Fred Lee

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The Waldorf experience is a lot different than what you’ll see at a Montessori School.

Please Stop Giving Advice.

Posted June 18, 2008 by Corina Fiore

The picture represents how I feel about unsolicited or absolute advice: angry and annoyed. I often ignore advice, shake my head in agreement, and move on my way. I wasn't always that way, and I was reminded of the havoc unsolicited advice can reap on a family when reading a message board this week.

Should Homeschooling Be Illegal?

Posted June 4, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Wow! What a question. As a mother who homeschools, this was quite an odd question to see in the middle of my most recent issue of Parade magazine. I had to take a closer look.

Subway Promotion Dismisses HomeSchoolers

Posted May 27, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I receive a lot of activist-type emails, especially those which call for action to be taken in matters of educational discrimination in the homeschool arena. While I usually take much of it with a grain of salt, this latest news regarding a Subway promotion rubbed me a little wrong.

On Education Part 1 - Our Experience with Montessori Schools

Posted May 17, 2008 by Fred Lee

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Montessori schools offer an excellent program for pointing your kids towards academic excellence, though their approach might not conform to every parent's idea of what it means to be a carefree child.

It’s Not About Shacking Up…

Posted May 4, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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A recent Associated Press article discusses the growing trend of U.S. colleges to allow for mixed company in dorm living arrangements. This new acceptance of coed cohabitation isn’t what disturbs me; It’s how the parents continue to teach an age-old lie about relationships and what truly matters.

The Big E: The Dangers of Entitlement and Why It Is Ruining Education

Posted April 11, 2008 by Fred Marmorstein

Entitlement plagues the educational system and those whose responsibility it is to educate our children. The lack of accountability and responsibility continues to undermine the success of our children.


Posted April 7, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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I know that isn't a word. But it should be. What else do you call the annoying trend where people try to top each other with their "green" lifestyles?

Translating for Toddlers or What Did He Say?

Posted March 26, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

This is my toddler. I am his translator. At nearly twenty-three months of age, my little guy has lots of words (literally more and more every day). However, my husband and I are the only people who are able to understand seventy percent of what is coming out of his mouth. So I translate for him. Anybody out there doing the same thing?

Should I Get My Kids Ready For College Or Life?

Posted March 20, 2008 by Julie Rains

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A couple of months ago I went to a community breakfast at a private school that prepares its students for the best colleges in the state and nation. The speaker told this overachievement-oriented audience that parents should focus on preparing their children for life, not college.

Nine Reasons to Enroll Your Child in Suzuki Talent Education

Posted March 11, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

When my son began Suzuki violin training at the age of five, a lot of people asked me why I was "forcing" violin lessons on him at such a young age. The very fact that our society views violin lessons as unnecessary torture is telling. However, the truth is that at that time my son totally agreed with it, and would have rather spent his time doing other things. So why did we persist?

What Party Would Sanjaya Run For? A 2008 Election Explanation

Posted February 20, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

Homeschooling can be challenging, especially when topics deviate from the assigned curriculum. With 2008 being a very special political year, it has escaped me how to convey all the inner workings of our often confusing political system to our kids. My nine-year-old continues to “bring it” with her regular and candid Q & A sessions.

Montessori in Your Home

Posted January 30, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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Tired of tripping over blocks and toy cars? Looking to organize your cluttered and chaotic play room? Here are a few tips on how to incorporate Montessori principles for a prepared environment into your child's play space at home.