Tuesday April 15, 2014
You may have noticed that About.com is redesigning its look with bigger and better photographs. That means we Experts have to find lots of interesting, appealing images to go with our stories.
The problem is, when you go to a photo service like Getty and search for "homeschooling," what you find is a lot of photos like the one above: parent hunched over child doing homework at kitchen table.
It's a perfectly good image, but it's just not accurate -- thank goodness. Is there anything parents and kids hate more than struggling together over a worksheet? I know I'd never have lasted this long if homeschooling meant hour after hour of homework.
My new article "What Homeschooling Really Looks Like" tries to present a more balanced view of what it's like to teach your kids at home (including a few shots of my own kids busy learning). What's your favorite image of homeschooling?
Image: ONOKY - Eric Audras/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
Monday April 14, 2014
How to help kids learn to read is one of the most heated topics in education. A few years ago, the debate was over whether to teach phonics or whole language.
Today, the push seems to be getting kids to read early, to give them a "head start" over the competition in their own country and abroad. And reading instruction programs are big business in schools and among homeschoolers, as Google's recent purchase of Accelerated Reader shows.
But there's also a school of thought that says most kids can teach themselves to read, given enough time. The question is whether letting kids learn at their own pace handicaps them down the road.
My new article Early Reader/Late Reader: Does it Matter? looks at some of the research and anecdotal evidence about whether sooner is always better.
Image: ONOKY - Eric Audras/Getty Images
Friday April 11, 2014
DragonBox, an app that teaches algebra to kids as young as five, is free today on Amazon.
It's just one of the resources I mentioned in my recent article Fun Math Stuff to See and Do.
I just grabbed it and will review it soon. Let me know what you think about it too!
Thursday April 10, 2014
I love activities that span more than one subject. I've just published a "homeschooling lesson plan" that shows you how to take a simple wave bottle project, enhance it with a decorative rocker base, and use it to teach science, math, and engineering as well as art.
Image: Kathy Ceceri