PLANT, Inc. Blog
Encouraging Parent Led Education
By Beverly Williams
Want your children to enjoy “school” more? Want to bond as a family better? Want to avoid tears when your child hits a concept s/he can’t understand? Play games!
I’m Beverly Williams, the Brainiac Baroness, also known as the Math Games Mom. As a homeschooling mother of four, birth to the end of high school, with two of them struggling learners, my husband and I have played a lot of games, math and otherwise, with our children.
I developed the Math Games curriculum to give my extremely intuitive (read, “no logic”) daughter* success when she hit an arithmetic wall. Generally, the game would not address the wall at all, but review fundamentals or reinforce logic flow. In this way, the game made it clear to her that she was good at math and gave her brain a break, which allowed some time for her brain to develop to understand the new concept. This is to say, we often played a variety of games for several weeks before getting back to the problem concept.
by Sandy Cannon
Many of us have memories of our own high school prom. Good memories? Not so good memories? My personal memories of prom left me wondering if there wasn’t something better that we could offer our kids. When I heard about the ABQ Regency Ball, I knew I wanted my oldest son to attend, but I was not sure what I was getting into.
Six years later, I’ve been the director of the ball for three years and am already making plans for next year’s ball. There are two main reasons I love the ball. It is good, clean fun for our teens and there are many lessons they learn through the experience, other than just going to a dance.
by Mona Koerner
Not all homeschool co-ops are large, public groups that meet in a church and charge an annual fee. Many homeschool co-ops are small, private, informal groups of parents who get together to cooperate in teaching their children. You only need one or two other moms to form a great co-op that will serve your homeschool well.
by Nancy Lauser
Your 13 year old son comes in. “Mom, Caleb and I want to mumble mumble mumble mumble. Is it okay if I go? “
I have no clue as to why 13 year olds cannot enunciate. Some outgrow it and can enter the normal world of talking with other humans. Some never seem to outgrow it. How they manage to get jobs or have a marriage is beyond my understanding.
Maybe enunciation is not a problem at your house. Perhaps your challenge is a child who panics if an adult addresses her directly. She runs behind you and insists that you do all the talking. After toddlerhood, this should not be happening!
Possibly your student loves to talk. All the time. He never stops. He follows you around the house while you do your tasks. You politely respond at appropriate times with uh-huh, but your mind is far away with how you will respond to your sister’s email, while your son goes on and on and on about Minecraft.
PLANT, Inc. Blog is written by local parent educators and supporters of parent led education.