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About Cait: Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, MA/CAGS is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. You can read about all of these things and more at My Little Poppies. You can also find her hanging out with Kara at The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, contributing to the Huffington Post, and chatting about gameschooling in the My Little Poppies Gameschool Community.

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February 04, 2017
Kacey Templin

Beyond Different: Defining Gifted Education

Kids And Creativity, STEM, STEAM

These days, nearly everyone with grade school-aged children has heard about gifted education. It could be that your child has been identified, or a child that you know personally. Perhaps you yourself were once labeled as a gifted learner. If identified in elementary school, these children are often removed from regular classes routinely during the week to be amongst their gifted peers in special classrooms. When these children head into middle and high school, gifted classrooms turn into advanced placement courses. Many people assume the label “gifted” simply means that students have a high IQ score, but gifted education means so much more than that. But what is the true definition of gifted learning? And why do so many not know what being gifted means? To answer these questions, we must take a look at the students themselves.
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February 01, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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January 30, 2017
Alana Hackes

The Importance of Recess

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

 

When I think back on my elementary school years, many of my memories are tied to the time I spent on the playground during recess. The playground is where I made my first friends in school while playing games together. As a kid, I spent much of my class time longing for recess and time to play. At my school, we had recess twice; once in the morning for 15 minutes and once in the afternoon for 30 minutes. If an ounce of that time was taken away from me, as a kid, I would’ve revolted.

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January 28, 2017
Sophie Miller

Pros and Cons Series Part 4: Should You Pay Your Kids to Do Chores?

Learning at Home

This post is part of a new blog series where two authors present the pro and con side of a relevant topic -- this week, that topic is whether or not you should pay your kids to do chores around the house. If you like (or dislike) the format, or just want to get involved in the conversation, please leave a comment below or on our Facebook page!

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by Sophie Miller

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January 25, 2017
Rachael Rufino

Make Learning Fun: Brainteasers from Visual Brainstorms

Hello puzzle lovers!  This week we're thrilled to bring you 3 more brainteasers from our very own Visual Brainstorms set, along with the answers to last week's brainteasers! 

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January 23, 2017
Sophie Miller

Homeschoolers in the Spotlight, Part 4

Learning at Home

In the past few months, we’ve taken looks into the lives of several homeschoolers in our ThinkFun community to see what that experience has been like for those parents. This month, we wanted to hear another side of the story, so we spoke with an adult who grew up homeschooled. A current college student and graduate of homeschooling, Joseph seemed an excellent candidate to provide some insight into what a homeschooling experience can be like.

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