Starting Early – Reading Games for the Little Ones

Reading to your child who isn’t even crawling yet, teaching your toddler phonetics, playing online reading games, with your preschooler—what’s the point?! Children are going to learn to read once they begin schooling anyway, right? Why the rush to teach them reading? As it turns out, early reading isn’t just about reading. Reading early and well has a range of important benefits, including neurological, educational, psychological, social and linguistic ones! Reading is associated with better general knowledge, a better vocabulary and better grades in all subjects. Children who learn to read well at an early age are also reported to have more confidence and better communication skills. And that’s not even half of it.

With so much at stake, it’s easy to see why you should start your child on reading at an early age. But how do you do it? What can you do with toddlers to help them with their reading skills? Here are fun reading games that you can play with young kids to help them start reading early on.

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5 Action Steps to Prepare Yourself For a Student Going to College

How to Prepare Homeschool Students for College

You finally get to bed and you’re a ball of emotions.

In just a few weeks, you’ll be sending your kid off to college.

You’ve been there every step of the way in her homeschooling journey:

You researched curriculum.

You planned extracurricular activities.

You helped her apply to college, and rejoiced when she got accepted.

You couldn’t be prouder of her achievements.

But…

You’re still afraid of what might happen.

What if she doesn’t call regularly?

What if she gets involved with drugs or alcohol?

What if all the years of homeschooling come crashing down under “real world” pressure?

That’s when you start wondering why you didn’t give online colleges a closer look.

But no, you tell yourself, you knew this day would come so you try to push the worries from your mind.

However, the gnawing fear stays.

In the days that follow that fear works its way out into a constant stream of worries and frets that drive your child crazy!

She tells you to stop worrying, that everything will be fine, but that just increases your concerns. Oh no! The alienation has begun! Continue Reading →

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Open Source Software with Matt McGraw – WHS 157

matt-mcgrawToday I’m talking to Matt McGraw about open source software. Matt has been a stay at home Dad for over 4 years now. He has 3 kids, 2 of whom live with him full-time. Matt has been a technology enthusiast for most of his life and his particular passions are free/open source software, podcasts, and new media.

Matt hosts the G33K Dad Show, a podcast on technology and parenting. You can follow Matt on Twitter and Google Plus.

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History of Homeschooling in America [Infographic]

I was sent a great infographic that provides a brief history of homeschooling in the United States and covers some very compelling statistics in favor of homeschooling.

I’ve included some of the text from the infographic that I found especially interesting.

Home Is Where the School Is: Understanding Home-Schooling in the United States

Before the advent of formal, communal education, children were educated in the home. But with schools opening in the American colonies in the 1600s, education outside of the home has been common practice in the United States for centuries.

The past four decades have seen a resurgence of home schooling in the U.S.

Tips for Getting Started Homeschooling

Know the Law – Rules and regulations about home-schooling vary widely depending on where you live. Before you take any steps to remove your kids from school, be sure you know exactly what’s expected of you. Consult the Home School Legal Defense Association, or your state’s home-school association.

Consider Your Approach – What methods will you use educate your children? Will the curriculum be highly structured? Will you allow your children to determine the course of their education?

Rely on community – With home-schooling growing in popularity, many options exist for finding networks of other parents who home-school.

Especially when you’re getting started, these resources can be invaluable for developing your teaching style or simply providing moral support when things get tough.

Establish Expectations – Decide how you will evaluate your child’s progress in each subject and communicate that at the outset.

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