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Chalking It Up: A Look at Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Homeschooling children is a challenging endeavor that often leaves parents worrying that they are doing the best for their children. This is true for all children, but when a child has special needs we often experience increased anxiety and stress. We naturally want the best for our sons and daughters, but sometimes that means going against the grain and choosing alternative schooling solutions.
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Whether our children have severe allergies, asthma, immune disorders, seizures, disabilities, hyperactivity, or any other special need they often have a hard time adapting to traditional public or private schools. While administrators and educators attempt to accommodate and push inclusion, their answers don’t always meet the needs of our children. The medical and behavioral needs of one often go unmet in traditional school settings that are trying to fulfill the needs of many. Continue Reading →

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A Lesson for Homeschooling Parents: These are the 10 Apps to Use!

As a homeschooling parent, you’re certainly aware of all those apps that can help your child learn. Now, it’s time to go beyond that point: did you know there were tons of apps that homeschooling moms and dads can (and should) use?student_ipad_school - 030
You have the two most important and demanding roles in your child’s life: you’re both a parent and a teacher. Thus, it’s hard to preserve your sanity when you’re dealing with that much responsibility. The best apps for homeschooling parents will help you improve your teaching skills and gain the self-confidence that will make this journey more productive. Continue Reading →

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Importance of the Natural World in the Digital Age

We live in a digital age.

Parents play classical music on their phones and other devices for their yet-to-be-born-babies. Once born, they are watched over by anxious parents, over the baby monitor. Parents use apps to keep track of their baby’s milestones. Kids play with electronic toys to maximize their learning in the crucial toddler stage.

The replacement for Saturday morning cartoons
In school, kids routinely learn with digital devices even as parents encourage kids to play learning games at home for building academic competence. For relaxation and learning to nurture, kids might play virtual pet games and to improve their intellectual abilities kids might also play Mensa Games. Kids routinely socialize by playing with peers on Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Then, there are articles about how many kids don’t recognize that bananas come from a plant and that cheese does not grow on a plant. Isn’t it time we worried? Seriously wringing-hands-worried? Continue Reading →

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4 Amazing Hands-On Learning Activities for Elementary School Students [Guest Post]

Hands-on learning, or experiential education, allows students to learn by doing. When students experience key concepts and skills through hands-on learning, they gain a better understanding of them.

Rather than simply listening to teachers tell them about a concept, students in hands-on learning situations gain more experiences to rely on when they need to remember information or processes. And, those hands-on learning experience stay with students far longer than words from their teacher.

Hands-on Learning
We have rounded up some of the best hands-on learning activities for elementary school students, to help you create amazing learning experiences for your students. Continue Reading →

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Did Your Child Receive a Digital Device Over the Holidays? What You Should Know

Parents everywhere are sighing with relief that the holidays are over and the hectic schedules of concerts, parties, and routines are returning to normal. It’s easy to pack away the holiday decorations for another year, but it’s not realistic to forget the special presents our children received. Many of our sons and daughters unwrapped digital devices that require our attention and supervision- at least until you are comfortable with a child’s digital skill set.
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Digital Devices And Children: Things To Consider

It’s no secret our kids are digitally connected at rates that were incomprehensible when we were the same ages all those years ago. While many people assume digital devices are only geared for teens, it might be surprising to realize that even infants and toddlers have daily access to tablets, Smartphones, computers, and more. In fact, children between the ages of 0 to 8 spend one-quarter of their screen time on digital devices. Continue Reading →

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