Thirteen-year-old Fin Hewitt and his 10-year-old brother Rye sport belt knives instead of backpacks. At an age where many children are learning to ride bikes, these boys could operate a tractor and were on their way to becoming licensed hunters.
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We have been home-educating for 12 years. Our home-educating adventure began when my youngest son Joseph (now 17) was bullied (for want of a better word), in his primary school. He was so young, just 4 then 5 years old. It was heart-breaking to see my child change so dramatically.
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Peter Gray has studied how learning happens without any academic requirements at a democratic school. The Boston College research professor also wrote about the long history and benefits of age-mixed, self-directed education in his book Free to Learn.
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I was challenged to do the ALS #IceBucketChallenge by a good friend of mine last night. I’m still well within the 24 hour window and trying to decide if I will dump ice water on my head or not. Despite my hesitancy to dump freezing cold water on my head I did not hesitate at all to donate to the ALS Association and here is why. Twelve years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter my sister started having issues with her vision and some trouble with her legs. During this time she was run through a battery of tests trying to figure out what might be wrong with her. Some of the possible issues and diseases that were thrown around were Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease), Toxoplasmosis, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). This was a scary time for our family and the testing took what seemed like eons but lasted only a few months until they finally came to the conclusion that she had MS.
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Toys are great but educational toys that help children learn while playing are even better. If you’re still looking for some last minute holiday gifts here are 5 great, educational toys that your kids will love.
1. Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Discovery Kit
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The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and it’s finally fireplace season. Nothing is more relaxing to me than sitting by the fire and knitting. Although I learned to knit as a child, I was never very good. Over the last few years I have worked on my knitting skills. I have knitted some simple hats, washcloths, fingerless gloves and small toys. All of this knitting has helped me to become a more proficient knitter. I no longer have much issue with circular needles and I am familiar with various ways of increasing and decreasing, although I swear I end up pulling out 1/4 of my knitting to correct mistakes on each and every project.
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