Principles not Principals

You’ve probably seen this play out among homeschool dads before:

Someone asks a woman’s husband, “Do you help homeschool the children?”

He smugly answeres, “I’m the principal.”

This is usually said to establish a fictional chain of command or authority. In truth, our wives make 99% of the decisions about homeschooling our children.

We come in when little Susie or Johnny are misbehaving and straighten things out. We’re more of an enforcer, not a principal.

It’s good that our wives have someone to back them up when it comes to matters of discipline but it’s more important that we instill in our children guiding principles that will serve them into adulthood.

Husbands and fathers are there to establish a moral and spiritual foundation for our wives to build upon. 

It’s not a job to be taken lightly. Occasionally we act as a principal when needed but it’s more important that we act as a master builder and establish a stable, strong foundation for our children’s education.

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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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Where’s the Beef?

Sometimes husbands and dads can say and do things that hurt or discourage our family. We may not even realize we’re hurting those we love.

Maybe it’s the way you joke about your son’s weight. Perhaps you often note how disorganized your wife can be. You might be joking with your daughter in a way that embarrasses her.

It’s important that we encourage and strengthen our wife and children. They look to us for approval and affection.

The next time you’re alone with your wife or any of your children ask them,

“Is there anything I say or do that discourages our hurts you?”

Be prepared for a shock. There may be something they point out that you thought was all in jest but was, in fact, hurting them.

Now comes the hard part. You need to apologize and make every effort not to do it again.

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How to Homeschool Like Steve Jobs – WHS 182

If I had to choose one gadget or device that has revolutionized homeschooling more than anything else I’d choose the iPad. No other device has propelled homeschooling forward like the iPad and the man responsible for it was Steve Jobs. Revolutionize your homeschooling with these 4 tips to homeschool like Steve Jobs.

In the book Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson chronicles the successes and failures of the former Apple CEO and provides a look into the life of a determined, passionate, innovative, and flawed leader. I bought and read the book shortly after it was published and since then have thought about four ways you can homeschool like Steve Jobs.
Homeschool Like Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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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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