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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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January 09, 2017
Rachael Rufino

3 Easy Enrichment Methods to Start Now

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

It’s difficult thinking up new ways to keep children interested, stimulated and occupied day-to-day.  In fact, the same can be said for all cognitive beings.  Preventing boredom in children, adults and even animals can reduce stereotypic behaviors (such as nail-biting, hair-twirling and pacing) and have profoundly positive effects on their quality of life.  By introducing new stimuli, you are providing a person or pet with an interesting, and sometimes challenging distraction. 

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December 19, 2016
Sophie Miller

Homeschoolers in the Spotlight, Part 3

Learning at Home

Although she didn’t know it yet, Kari began her journey with homeschooling years ago, when she and her husband David began leading international trips with kids of all ages. On these expeditions, David and Kari taught the kids about the history of the countries they were in and the plants and animals that they encountered there. They also led service projects that educated the kids on the trips about the culture and conditions in the countries that they explored. Although she had taught English as a Second Language more formally during her time at college, Kari cites these international trips as a starting point in her journey as an educator, because she learned the benefits of learning outside of a formal classroom setting.

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December 10, 2016
Kacey Templin

Fall Learning Series: Winter Science

Learning at Home

While it’s not officially winter in the Northern Hemisphere just yet (that’ll be on December 21st), a lot of the country is starting to feel the chill. Most of the leaves on trees have fallen, and some places like Colorado and Oregon have already seen their first snowfall. Despite the shorter days and the lower temperatures, winter can still be a very active season. Those who live where the snow falls take to the ski slopes and build snow forts. Many American families come together for winter holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, cooking meals and sharing stories. However you choose to spend time this upcoming season, make sure you save a little time for some at-home winter science activities!

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December 03, 2016
Sophie Miller

Fall Learning Series Part 10: Spy Science

Learning at Home

What is it about being a spy that is so exciting? Are you drawn to the secrecy, having to deceive strangers, friends, and sometimes even family to protect your identity and your mission? How about the espionage – pretending to be someone else in order to draw information out of another person? And of course there is the special set of skills that every spy needs, from scaling walls to hacking computers to cracking codes. Whatever attracts your kids to the life of a spy, here are some at-home activities to give them the experience of a secret agent, while learning at the same time.

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November 21, 2016
Sophie Miller

Homeschoolers in the Spotlight: Part 2

Learning at Home

One of the most common concerns for prospective homeschooling parents is their own qualifications as a teacher. Amongst the worries about childhood socialization and time spent away from full-time employment is the insecurity that, however educated you may be, you don’t have an education in teaching. While studies show no correlation between teacher certification and student achievement, parents still worry that without teaching accreditation, they will not be in the best position to provide their children with a solid education (Goldhaber and Brewer, 90).

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October 29, 2016
Sophie Miller

Fall Learning Series Part 6: Household Chemistry

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

As recently as the 17th century, there was a branch of science called alchemy, which resembled magic more than it did science.  The focus of alchemy was primarily on transformation, such as the many famous attempts to turn lead into gold.  Alchemists believed that these transformations would lead to immortality and the purification of the human soul, making alchemy a religious and spiritual study.  While the practice of alchemy is uncommon today, this branch of investigative reasoning has evolved into one of the most widely-explored scientific studies in the world: chemistry.

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