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Many Ways to Learn
October 1, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

One of the most important skills that we can teach our children is (the very fancy sounding) Metacognition. Metacognition is basically the thinking that we do about our learning. For example, the most fundamental element of this comes when children acknowledge that they don’t understand something. As children get older they will ask you what certain words mean or ask you to explain particular concepts. This shows you that they are aware of what ...

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September 21, 2013 @ 2:34 PM

 

Both Lillian and Isabelle were reluctant beginning writers. I remember the daily battles to get Lil to write one, two and then three sentences at around aged six. With Isabelle we've just past the hurdle of major resistance and she is now starting to write spontaneously and with enjoyment.

As a Mum I struggled with how hard to push. When Lil was in this stage her School of the Air teacher said “Oh, all the kids at this age struggle. You...

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September 14, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

 

 

In thinking about why I enjoy my job so much I come to the conclusion that it is because I am doing something authentic to me. I have the opportunity to be self directed, creative and to make meaning for myself. Of course I am required to participate in the wider system of education but I have the freedom to make choices, to experiment, to reflect and be flexible and to follow lines of enquiry that I find personally interesting. In short, ...

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September 9, 2013 @ 1:01 AM

 Teaching children to read involves many specific skills, some of which are consistently taught badly in our schools and by parents. One of these is the sounds that we associate with single letters. This may seem like an easy fundamental but one that if taught incorrectly can seriously impede sounding out and spelling.

Firstly, please, please, please hold off teaching children letter names until they have mastered the basics of reading and ...

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September 7, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

I heard a powerful thing tonight. It was a woman saying “The life that I am living is the truth of who I am”. I was totally blown away by the sentiment and was lead to reflect on my own life. I considered my work, I considered our children, I considered our marriage and felt happy with the choices we have made. Mark and I have always lived the idea of going out and seeking opportunity. When I was 24 and my Mum died I told myself that I did ...

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August 3, 2013 @ 3:55 PM

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As a home school parent, or just a parent really, I am often plagued by doubts about the choices we make. I worry that our girls will get their hearts broken, I worry that they will live lives that aren’t worthy of their potential, I worry that I can’t protect them from the horror that seems to lurk around every corner and I worry that we are making grave ...

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July 25, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

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Home educating is not schooling at home. It involves a whole different dynamic and focus. In a school setting a group of children are socialised to behave in certain ways; to sit quietly, listen (or appear to listen), perform certain functions at certain times of the day such as eating and playing and to participate in particular types of learning activities. ...

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July 9, 2013 @ 1:26 AM

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While in a baby superstore recently I saw a woman pondering the merits of a $400 bassinette-come-rocker and remembered my own shopping expeditions when I was pregnant with my girls. I remembered how I agonised over the decisions about what to buy, wanting to be a good Mum, wanting to get the best for my baby and how ultimately, we chose practicality over fancy ...

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June 29, 2013 @ 12:33 PM

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I was reminded today that you can’t make a child learn ...

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June 26, 2013 @ 12:31 AM

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I have just lost my first post because my internet dropped out! Ah, the joys of living in the middle of nowhere with uncertain internet connection. I told you a whole heap of things about myself and my beliefs about education. I told you that I believe that education can transform lives and about my love for ...

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