What kind of environment provides a proper context for learning to take place? This question is often asked by educators and parents. Let’s try to answer this question in a practical way so it can benefit students and satisfy parents’ and teachers’ expectations. In regards to the environment, the best approach is to minimize distractions while a student is working on school assignments. It is important that students take breaks, get fresh air, exercise, and have nutritious meals. Lave and Wegner (1991) saw learning from non-traditional lenses, instead of asking what kinds of cognitive processes and conceptual structures are involved in learning, they ask what kinds of social engagements provide the proper context for learning to take place.
When most Christian families first start looking into homeschooling, they quickly realize that there are far more options available now than there were 25 years ago. Many are plagued with the question, “How do I find the best homeschool curriculum?” There are so many things to consider: the time investment of designing an interesting program for your children, the worldview of the authors and editors of the curriculum used, how your children best learn, and how much it would cost in both time and money. I am hoping that some of my ideas will help you along your journey to find the best homeschool curriculum for your family.
The era of education that we live in is festooned with many an option for accredited online homeschool programs. Trying to find the right fit for your student may seem like an endless effort. For many families, navigating homeschooling options is a brand new experience that leaves them with many unanswered questions. We understand how paramount it is for your family to find a program that is tailored to your student to promote academic excellence. We’ve designed a quick rubric to assist your family in making a decision for your student that you can be proud of. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before enrolling your student in an online homeschool program:
It's a tough time to raise, teach or be a highly gifted child... Schools are to extraordinarily intelligent children what zoos are to cheetahs... Every organism has an internal drive to fulfill its biological design. The same is true for unusually bright children. From time to time the bars need be removed, the enclosures broadened. Zoo Chow, easy and cheap as it is, must give way, at least some of the time, to lively, challenging mental prey. – Stephanie Tolan, Is It A Cheetah?
On Friday, I was invited to the 10th Anniversary Celebration Reception of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) at Eastern Washington University. This event hosted several amazing speakers from local companies and former alumni. It also showcased several of the robotic engineering and animation labs, where a variety of student projects were on display.
It was exciting to talk to these students and their professors about their projects, interesting STEM careers and academic backgrounds!