One of my plans for today (other than getting some orders out) includes learning. I am a lifelong learner...homeschool mom... who is showing my kids how to be lifelong learners as well.
On the agenda for today is: The Power of The Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf. I've already watched part of this video. (Oh yeah, and I will watch it while I fold laundry! LOL)
Dr. Caroline Leaf is:
*An amazingly smart woman
*A captivating speaker
*A beautiful, amazingly smart woman!
This video isn't just for adults. I recommend it for teens as well. My 17 year old was enjoying it as well. She offers amazing insights that all can learn from.
Let me know if you decide to watch and learn!
The Power of The Brain
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Brrrrrrrr.....!! Baby it's cold outside!
Here in Chicago-land it is -2* and with the windchill it is -22*.
Yesterday, my boys thought it would be great to do a science experiment that they found online. The temp with windchill yesterday was -54* !!! No kidding! We have NEVER experienced this before. The boys were greatly intrigued to say the least.
Of course, a warning is issued because boiling water is involved.
WARNING! Children should NOT do this experiment without a parent or guardian!
MaterialsYou only need two things:
- freshly boiled water
- really cold outdoor temperature
"When it's cold outside, there's hardly any water vapor present in the air, whereas boiling water emits vapor very readily that's why it's steaming," Seeley says. "When you throw the water up in the air, it breaks into much smaller droplets, so there's even more surface for water vapor to come off of.
"Now, cold air is very dense, and this makes its capacity to hold water vapor molecules very low. There's just fundamentally less space for the vapor molecules," Seeley explains. "So when you throw the boiling water up, suddenly the minus 22 air has more water vapor than it has room for. So the vapor precipitates out by clinging to microscopic particles in the air, such as sodium or calcium, and forming crystals. This is just what goes into the formation of snowflakes."
Here is Weather.com's version found on YouTube:
Let me know if you try it and link back so we can watch your experiment!
Public Schooled: 15%
(Stat quoted from: Christian Home Education)
Look at it this way:
One hundred Christian kids go to public school
Twenty of them continue in "the faith" or going to church after they graduate.
This stat is astounding! Over and over I hear on Christian TV and radio, "Why are our children leaving the faith/church?"
Well, lets look at the facts. Most of them are being sent to the public school. What do they learn in public school? A lot more than educational stuff! I know this first hand because "I were one!" LOL.
Sadly, parents actually think that they are sending their kids to school to get an education... to get book smart. If they think that teachers are only teaching what is in the text book (which can't be trusted these days... times have changed sista!) they are fooling themselves.
How is it even possible for a teacher to teach and not give their opinion. I wonder if teachers announce that something is their "opinion" every time that they give it so that the child can easily sift through what is said and toss the junk?
I will conclude... for now... with a verse out of Scripture (highlight mine).
Luke 6:39-40And He also spoke a parable to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
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Real Play, Real Learning
By Willemien Kruger
How many homeschoolers do you know? Do you know their children very well or do you mostly just associate with the parents? Do you know your children very well?
I ask these questions just to get you thinking... and myself as well. I don't know a lot of homeschool families. At least not as many as most do. I've only been part of a co-op or group a couple of times and I've homeschooled our boys for their whole lives (17 years). They say it's not healthy to go it alone but that's basically what I've done. Live and learn...
Anyway! I do know enough homeschool families to observe their "style" and the attitudes of their children. It has been my observation that the kids whose parents have chosen to do a strict "school at home" or sit the child down to a teaching video.... learn this... learn that... type of style, are resentful. The children I know, from about 3rd grade up to now graduated, don't want to be homeschooled or wish they weren't.
Many of those families have created resentment, bitterness, rebellion... That's the sad news, but there is hope!
If our children aren't learning "the way THEY should go" and are only learning what has been pre-
There are so many learning styles and topics that interest us all as individuals, that if we all have to learn the same stuff, the same way, MANY will feel unfulfilled and not happy with their education.
Unfortunately, I wasn't taught that learning is a lifestyle nor was I encouraged to pursue to learn about things that I am interested in. As an adult who graduated from a less that great public school, I have supernaturally acquired the desire to continue to learn! I am so excited about learning now that I can learn (for the rest of my life) on my own terms!
I can, and do, learn everyday in the way that God made me! Say I want to learn a new jewelry
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How can we expect our children to learn this and learn that and do it only this particular way when God has wired us all so differently?
I understand that people NEED to be educated but why does it have to be so stringent? Why can't
I want to challenge you with this:
Pick one day a week... say Friday's... and let your child learn whatever they want and however they want.
If they learn best by doing, let them pick a topic and make a lapbook!
If they learn best by seeing, let them pick a topic and watch videos.
If they learn best by reading, let them pick a topic, go to the library and get a bunch of books!
Then, after a few weeks of LETTING your child learn, ask them questions and let them give you an oral report. Don't bug them every week. Don't let them know it's an oral report. Just let them tell you what they have learned about the topic that they chose.
I believe you will be amazed. Your child will blossom. You will spark a love for learning when your child gets to learn about what interests them in the way that "he should go."
If you try this, I'd like to hear about it. Leave a comment ok?!
I am wondering how your summer is going as a homeschooling family. Is there any learning going on? Sometimes we head into summer with great aspirations to continue "school" and "do school" through the summer.
I have found that if I help to create and encourage the boys to have a lifestyle of learning, they will do exactly that and we don't have to "do school." When they were younger, it was important to make sure they kept up on their times tables, reading and things like that. Now that they are in high school, that is all changing!
Over the last couple of years, I have let go of the strict school schedule and have tried to instill a love for learning. I don't necessarily want the boys to have a love for studying a textbook and taking a test. In my experience, that goes into some sort of temporary bank in the brain and in the not so distant future, is let out.
Instead, I want the boys to love learning. When you love to learn, you explore. In order to explore, you have to open your mind to other possibilities and outcomes. When you do that, the unexpected often happens and then... you learn! In that process, you apply yourself and when you experience something, it seems to stick and you remember it.
Being a lifelong learner is so beautiful! I know a few very intelligent men who continue to learn in their "old age." (At least, that is what the world would say of them.) I personally think they are young. Their minds are beautiful and young. How can a mind stay young and be "old" at the same time?
These guys don't get stuck in their ways. They are open to other ideas. Even in their "old age" they continue to WORK and to learn. That's right! Neither one wants to retire and they both love for others to "use" and benefit from their intellect. They are always willing to look into a problem and help. These gentlemen not only help, but they teach you as they help you so that you can learn from the experience as well.
That's the way problems and situations become learning tools.
I think that is beautiful! That is what I desire for my children, and myself quite frankly. I want them to love to explore! I want them to love to learn something new. I want them to learn and for others to benefit from their experience and intellect. I want them to teach as they sort through issues.
That being said, our big aspirations to "do school" in summer usually get flushed. Nice talks, genuine learning opportunities, and exploration step in and do the job that no textbook or test can do.
My advise it to trust God and step aside! Let the Holy Spirit lead your child into a life of learning and exploring. ...and while you're at it, let Him lead you there too!
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