Great response to a child about being a ‘nerd’.

The term ‘home schooling ‘ basically refers to the process in which some children of one or two n families are instructed by parents or legal guardians, or an affiliate of either household. The laws that characterize homeschooling vary from state to state. The legal prerequisites for building a home college also change with the State.

For most youngsters, the particular process of learning begins much before school. Many youngsters already know their alphabet, the names of animals, colors and other more complex stuff before they reach school. This is typically thanks to the hard work of a member of the family who has taken a little bit of time to teach the child.

Home schooling is merely a natural progression from here. Instead of sending their children to a public school moms and dads make their own curriculum and teach their kids in ways which best suit the child. This is homeschooling, in its most simplified form.

Before you decide to go in for homeschooling, there are vital matters for consideration. First off , meet with parents of other home schoolers. Learn the pros and cons of home schooling. Then ask yourself why you would like to adopt this strategy. This is an exceedingly important aspect, as the success of the program depends upon the clarity and honesty of your purpose.

Next, it’s time to think about the costs of homeschooling. It may cost anywhere between about a hundred bucks to a couple of thousand each year depending on how elaborate you get. More importantly, you’re also effectively shutting out any job opportunity for one of the parents. It’s only apparent that one parent must stay home full time to manage the home school. A home-based business however is a great alternative.

Are you qualified to take on homeschooling for your kids?

Teaching is a carrying on of your own learning process. With the appearance of the web, information is aplenty. There are various books and resources for those interested in homeschooling. Go thru the various methods of homeschooling and choose one that is most fitted to you. It helps if you know what kind of learning style your youngster has. Also , discover what your youngster feels about home schooling before you start.

Every state has its own laws regarding homeschooling. As an example, in North Carolina, you’ve first got to file a ‘Notice of Intention ‘ to start a home school. In this you’ve got to mention if the school is a ‘Private church ‘ school or a ‘qualified non-public school’. The persons providing the education are required to have at least a high school diploma. You have to maintain an annual record of the child’s attendance and disease immunization. Every year, the kid is needed to endure a standardized test. Each student attending the eleventh grade has to take a nationally standardized test. These are the requirements in North Carolina, nevertheless it will give you a beginning idea of what home schooling entails.

Home schooling could appear like plenty of fun and freedom from the outside. But things are infrequently as straightforward as they appear. Home schooling is a lot of added responsibility and tough work. But , if successful, it’ll forge a powerful bond of respect and love between parent and child, while supplying your child with the best form of education he wants.

The School Acknowledgments Guide book written by Maria Jones-Fraser contains info on school appeals and how to win secondary school appeals in the United Kingdom.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and it’s a wonderful holiday. I love spending time with family and focusing on gratitude and good things. If you’re like me, along with that comes thinking about what to get the kids for Christmas since it is only a month away.

There are many sources for finding the Black Friday ads for the big stores so I thought I’d list just a few of the not so “big” stores that you’ll want to check out for your children this year.

Check these out for some great products at some great prices from stores you can trust to deliver!

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Electronics Games to Educational Products, Plush Toys to Pogo Sticks, Dolls, Sports and more, shop

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Be sure to also check out your local newspaper Thursday morning for a lot of local ads and make sure to get something good for your child’s growth and development.
Have a great Holiday weekend!

Budget Travel has a nice article on 15 places to take your kids in the USA. We’re heading to Mount Rushmore this summer and this article has some great ideas that we’ll plan for the future.

” It took us hours of heated debate, weeks of research, and years of experience to whittle down America’s monuments to a definitive list of 15 musts for anyone under 15. Not only are these attractions fun and (shhhh) educational, they’re especially magical through the eyes of a child.
By Nicole Frehsee, Friday, Mar 11, 2011, 9:00 AM

A stunning look over Yellowstone National Park. (Courtesy Mila Zinkova/Wikimedia Commons)
Two years ago, we picked 15 American landmarks every kid should see, from Ellis Island to Redwood National Park. Our new and improved 2011 lineup takes that challenge even further, by highlighting how our country’s top sights cater to kids’ abbreviated attention spans. From roasting marshmallows around a campfire to playing dress-up at Monticello, these cool, interactive activities ensure that the younger set will enjoy these must-see spots as much as their parents do.

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Most kids love to snack. Snacking can be quite good for their (and our) health, but it depends on what is being eaten. Unhealthy eating can not only lead to major health problems but also poor thinking, lower grades, and ADHD symptoms. Whereas, healthy eating can cause the opposite, or positive side of these issues to occur. has a great article that talks a little about snacking and gives a recipe for a healthy crunchy snack. I wouldn’t have thought it would taste good but it looks yummy.

“My kids love snacks just as much as I love my morning coffee. It is a constant struggle in our home to provide snacks I feel good about and the snacks they will actually eat. I’m fortunate that my kids do love to eat fresh fruit such as apple slices with peanut butter. We also often eat trail mix, protein packed smoothies, and steamed soy beans (edamame). However, if my kids had their way they would eat gold fish crackers, potato chips and…

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I just read a great article on the Huffington Post website that was written by Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. who is a child educational psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA.

Here is the beginning of the article. I recommend you read the whole thing for some great quick ideas on assisting your child to recognize and deal with his/her emotions and finding peace within.

“What better way to help a child find happiness than to start within — being her own best friend. When your child has a best friend inside, she can be happy no matter what storms of life are outside. With a strong foundation of self-love and self-acceptance, kids learn to value their own company and integrity over just fitting in. They realize they can nurture and depend on themselves.

Like six-year-old Chloe who ran from the playground because she felt excluded and…”
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While the following quote is somewhat aimed at business or financial success, it actually applies to any area of our lives and the lives of our children.

“Not everyone can be valedictorian of his or her class. All the others still have many years and countless opportunities for achievement. Mothers and fathers who consistently tell their children they can succeed are likely to produce offspring who are productive adults.” -The Millionaire Mind

Make sure your kids are told that they can do it in a loving way and assist them in finding their own answers and solutions. Great things will happen throughout their lives from these lessons.

“Where do babies come from?”  Why does this simple question turn lawyers, engineers, accountants and even doctors into bumbling dunces in front of their kids?  Well, if you are a parent, it’s a foregone conclusion.  The time will come when your child will ask you about sex.   Here are some tips.

Rather than fear this question, the best way to face this inevitability is to prepare for it.  In fact, prepare for it well in advance so that you won’t be as flustered when they ask.  Remember, your child will learn from what you say, as much as from how you say it.  


Look around you.  Sexual influences are everywhere:  TV, billboards, magazines.  Your child’s friends must be talking about it too.  Would you rather have your child learn about sex from those influences or from you?

The first question about where babies come from can turn up in the preschool years.  Don’t be alarmed!  This isn’t even about intimacy yet.  Your child’s curiosity about this is as natural as his curiosity about where the sun goes at night.  At this age, you can satisfy the question with a simple explanation.  Because daddies and mommies have so much love for each other, they want to share their love with a baby of their own.  Then be creative about the biological part .  Remember, your child is young and all s/he needs is a story.  However simple, keep it as accurate as possible though, because you’ll build on this story as your child gets older.  The concept of a seed is a good analogy for kids of this age to understand.

In a couple of years, the question may come up again.  Only you as the parent can decide if your child is emotionally ready for more proper terms.  (If you are describing anatomical parts be sure to use the real words like penis and vagina otherwise it can create a lot of confusion for the child. ) If he/she is ready for the proper terms, then build on your earlier story and incorporate the concept of sperm from daddy meeting up with the egg in mommy (the “seed” from before) to help it grow into a baby.   That straight-forward answer is enough for now.  Then, add the story of how the baby grows for nine months in the mommy’s tummy.  Your child’s fascination with the different growth stages of the baby in-utero should keep him sated for now.


Soon, your child will be in that interesting stage called the preteen years.   From the ages of nine through 12, you’ll notice that your child has some added dimensions to their reasoning and logic skills.  With their burgeoning independence, they’ll also be more exposed to the world around them.  Whether s/he tells you or not, you can be sure that s/he’s absorbing many of the influences around.  Be it in school, through the media or because of technology, they’re learning much more than just what you teach them at home.

This time it may be your turn to initiate the subject of sex.  Time may come when they’ll ask you questions again, but your instinct will tell you if you need to wait for that time or not.  Your child is entering puberty.  If you have a daughter, she could get her first period anytime.  You can assume that your child is hearing about sex elsewhere, so take the initiative to provide correct information.   

Again it is your discretion as parent as to what to say exactly, and how much to explain.  This may be a more serious talk than those in the past.  I will not attempt to dictate a spiel, because your family history, your family values and your child’s environment all factor into the content of your talk.  In any case, set an open atmosphere where they’ll feel safe to ask you questions.  It’s important to find out what s/he knows and how much they know.  You need not tell them more than they are asking but it may be time to explain more.  Especially important, straighten out any incorrect assumptions s/he may have.


In the end, there will not be just one ‘sex talk’.  As your preteen gets older, new questions will crop up.  With each new dialog, be sure to underline the values you’d like your child to uphold.  

If you prepare well and keep all this in mind, the dreaded ‘sex talk’ won’t be as dreaded anymore.  Instead it will be a golden opportunity to build a stronger and healthier relationship with your child and a stronger chance of your child acting within the ethics you teach him or her.


Here are some more pages for you to learn even more.

Books for talking to your kids about sex.


“The arts provide a more comprehensive and insightful education because they invite students to explore the emotional, intuituve, and irrational aspects of life that science is hard pressed to explain. ”   – Charles Fowler

There is a good article from the A R Valley Arts Center about the importance of arts in education with references to research that backs it up.  It starts out with…

One of the most important aspects of art shows in the results of extensive studies that have proven that students who participate in the arts score higher on SAT tests regardless of socio-economic status. (1)  

Art programs targeted toward very young children help prevent negative choices later on. Young children who participate in after-school arts programs have shown a decrease in negative behaviors and increases in attention span, commitment and tolerance. (4)

Check out the rest of the article here.

More and more evidence is being found that for children (and consequently adults) to increase their academic success as well as a whole range of other good skills, it is vital for them to learn and participate in arts and music.  

Does your child learn and practice art and music?  What can you and your local schools and politicians do about that?

Here are some videos talking about the importance of art and music in education.  Make sure your government reps are taking steps to truly educate your children in public school.


Have some fun on the web with art.  This blog post lists several fun sites for exploring art.


“Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms.”
Roy Lichtenstein