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Good Habits

#1: The Habit of Conscious Decision-Making Identity statement: I am aware I am in control of my decision-making. I plan ahead for things that matter most, and my conscious priorities dictate my schedule and choices. #2: The Habit of Finding the Best Solution, not just...

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Basic Skills

Basic Skills Basic skills are acquired abilities. Unlike breathing or blinking, we are not born with them; they must be learned. Furthermore, skills can be lost through disuse. They require drill or practice in order to perfect them. Does that make you think of flash...

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Elementary Lesson Plans

Smart Skills we offer: Enhance Creativity Problem Solving in seconds Storytelling & Writing Applying techniques to do maths faster and easier Learning a Foreign Language Ideating via drawing and sketches, etc   New batches start every week   # Course...

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Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes (1588 - )was an English scholar and philosopher.  Hobbes lived in Paris through the English Civil Wars. He wrote about many topics, including politics, geometry, physics, religion, and history. Hobbes was one of many scholars who tried to answer the...

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Skills and Traits We Need to Thrive

Skills We Need (See Curriculum for details.) “Be respectful,” “be thankful for what you have” and “honesty is the best policy” are the top three life lessons American parents hope to teach their children, according to a new survey. Rounding out the top five life...

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Argument Against Homeschooling

This argument describes the threat homeschooling poses to children and society. It lays out some reasons Homeschooling is attractive. Parents can now keep their children at home in the name of homeschooling free from any real scrutiny as to whether or how they are...

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Response to Homeschool Critics

Response to Homeschool Critics In a recent University of Arizona Law Review article, Elizabeth Bartholet, a Harvard law professor, claims that the “homeschooling regime poses real dangers to children and to society.” Bartholet’s legal argument is that homeschooling is...

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Argument for Homeschooling

When I told my 13-year-old homeschooled daughter that I would be participating in an upcoming debate with the Harvard professor who recommends a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling, she asked incredulously, “Why would anyone want to prevent people from homeschooling?”...

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Is College worth it

The college income premium is the extra income earned by a family whose head has a college degree over the income earned by an otherwise similar family whose head does not have a college degree. This premium remains positive but has declined for recent graduates. The...

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Build a Homeschool Network

Build a Homeschool Network You are an overwhelmed homeschooling parent. Maybe you have just moved to a new place. Your kids are lonely for friends. You are lonely for friends, people who won’t look at you funny when you tell them you homeschool your kids. Where do you...

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Competencies for 21st Century Workers

5 Competencies for 21st Century Workers The 5 Competencies for 21st Century Workers:   Communication - You need to be able to connect with others from different cultures Reading, writing, Talking, Listening, Media Literacy Technology - You need to be able to use...

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Family Rules

What should be Our Family Rules This lesson we try to identify what should be the family Rules for the 21st Century. Technology  – Technologies are tools we use to solve problems. No TV or Computers in Kids room until they excel in School.  And you probably cannot...

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Teaching Self Regulation

Teaching Self Regulation This lesson is on Teaching Self Regulation to our kids. (A key to teaching your kids self regulation is for you to learn self regulation.  This goes to the lesson on changing others require you to model the behavior you want.)  ...

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Skills Parents Should Teach

Skills Parents Should Teach? These are a list of skills parents should teach the next generation.  I would like to go into detail on each one of these and expand the list if needed. Integrity Respect for Self and Others Curiosity and Creativity Service and Generosity...

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Computer Terms for Kids

Computer Terms for Kids This is a list of computer terms for kids.  It highlights some important concepts. Backup – This is an extra copy of a file or document. Browser – This is the program you use to browse files.  A web browser will browse internet files, like...

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Verbal Communication Skills

Verbal Communication Skills Almost every job requires workers to use verbal communication skills.  That’s why verbal skills are highly ranked on the candidate evaluation checklists used by many job interviewers. The stronger your communication skills, the better your...

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Non Verbal Communication Skills

Non-Verbal Communication Skills Parents need to master non-verbal communication skills.  Kids can be very non-verbal so understanding how non-verbal works will greatly increase a parents ability to communicate. The Importance of Nonverbal Communications Most...

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Active Listening

Active listening is when the listener tries to understand the speaker’s intention.  Active listening is clearly the opposite of “passive” listening.  In passive listening, the listener’s brain does nothing to ensure it understands the intent of the speaker. Active listening is when the listener provides feedback to the speaker so the speaker can create new messages that help the listener better understand the speaker. Updated Sept. 2023

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5 Classroom Learning Myths

5 Classroom Learning Myths These are some of the Classroom Learning Myths we need to embrace in order to maximize learning. Throughout history, education has been about teaching the next generation to do what the previous generation wants them to do.  However, just...

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12 Simple Rules to Live By

At 68 I can now look at my life and say that I did pretty well.   Looking back on how I got to where I am, I can narrow my success down these 12 simple rules to live by. Things you should do as much as you can. Honesty with yourself and others Respect others Don’t let...

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7 Pillars of Success

7 Pillars of Success Success is achieved by various combinations of: Propensity - Talent. Persistence - Not Giving Up. Providence - Luck. Passion - Desire. Perspiration - Hard Work. Perspective - Honesty. Predictability - Trust   Excerpt From: Ira Gorelick. “The...

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Personalized Learning Plans

In 2015–16, the high school graduation rate reached a record high of 84 percent (U.S. Department of Education 2017). Despite the gains, over half a million students still drop out of high school each year (U.S. Department of Education 2015). High schools have adopted...

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Hiring Trends to Exploit in 2018

5 of the key Hiring Trends are presented: Digitization of the Interview, The Computerization of the Resume Selection Process, More Diversity in Teams, More Competition, Move beyond traditional skills and more focused on highly desirable advanced skills. Actionable suggestions to exploit these trends are also presented.

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5 Values to Teach Our Kids

5 Values To Teach Our Kids And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart.  And you shall teach them to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk on the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. -...

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Skills Parents Need

I was cleaning out my email inbox (something I needed to do for a long time) and I came across a report that listed the Top 12 Skills for 2012. It got me thinking what are the top skills one needs to succeed.  Using the report as a starting point here is my list....

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10 Key Curriculum for the 21st Century

What and how we learn is different today than anytime in history.  We have not changed.  The tools we need to learn and the things we need to learn, however, have changed. Most of what used to be learned in traditional K - 12 classes can be found easily with simple...

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10 Ways you know you have Confidence

First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others. Confidence is quiet: It’s a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard.  Confidence...

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Change is Always Hard!

Think about a gold wedding band.  There are three distinct phases of that gold band.  Phase 1 is the beginning of life for band, the mining and manufacturing of the band.  Phase 2 is the longest period for the band, the time it is worn.  And Phase 3 is when the band...

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