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This post is the first installment in a series covering life skills that are disappearing as our world technologically advances.  As young adults find themselves struggling to learn self-care, social, and financial skills later in life, there is now a demand for such workshops and classes at the college-level.  In some instances, technology has also created a need for new life skills that weren’t essential before.  In this series, we will explore our top life skills and how your child can master them through fun activities.  To follow this series, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media.

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February 13, 2017
Carol Tang

Finding the Time to Play

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

Dr. Carol Tang is the Executive Director of the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco. She is on the Board of Directors for the National Afterschool Association, the How Kids Learn Foundation, and Artists United as well as a reviewer for the academic journal, Afterschool Matters. She previously was employed as the team lead for out-of-school time grant making portfolio at the S.D. Becthel, Jr. Foundation, the director of the Coalition for Science After School, and head of exhibitions and public programs at the California Academy of Sciences. Carol has a Ph.D. in paleontology and is the author of the Jurassic articles in the Encylopaedia Britanica Online. You can reach her on Twitter at @CarolTang1.

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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 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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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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