Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
- John Medina, in his book Brain Rules, says that the best learners are emotionally engaged in their learning. Also that they get lots of repetition, sleep and exercise. And stress interferes with their ability to retain and recall information learned.
- Malcom Gladwell, in his book Outliers, discovers that people need to log 10,000 hours -about 6-8 hours/day for 10 years - to become true experts at any given skill (playing a musical instrument or programming computers). If one of my goals is to support my kids in doing what they love, I want to make sure my notions of "schooling" don't interfere with their 10,000 hours.
- Theo is resistant to about half the things I try to do start with him. Often once we start he enjoys himself and even feels proud of what he has accomplished.
- My professional teacher friend suggested that, while I have found curriculum that are good for Theo, they are too monotone. Meaning they always do the same things the same way. She suggested we need to explore various "modalities." For example: instead of using pencil and paper for spelling every day, use sand in a cookie sheet or write with squeeze cheese or use our Scrabble tiles. He needs variety to engage his interest then the information can hold it.
- Rosie spends huge amounts of her day singing and dancing. At this point, we do very little to support those interests.
- truly believe that what they want and need are important (to us).
- love to learn and learn what is important to them.
- feel good about themselves.
- have a good relationship with us.
- form meaningful relationships with others (read and respond appropriately)
- core academic skills:
- reading, writing, math
- understanding how the world works (history, religion, stereotyping and racism, philosphy, politics)
- how to learn what they want to know
- reading, writing, math
- Help our children achieve their dreams and help them grow their talents.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Just got wind that Rose Rock (mother of Chris Rock) might be presenting at Pact Camp this year. She came out with a parenting book last year, which I read on recommendation from Susan at ReadingWritingLiving. I'm always looking for guidance on structured, compassionate parenting and I found "Mama Rock's Rules: Ten Lessons for Raising a Household of Successful Children" to be straightforward, insightful and enjoyable to read. I'm looking forward to hearing more!
Pact Camp 2009: A Gathering for Adoptive Families With Children of Color
Save the Date! July 16-20th, 2009
|Date:||Thursday, July 16th through Monday, July 20th, 2009|
|Time:||4:00pm Thursday through 1:00pm Monday|
|Location:||Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds |
Friday, January 2, 2009
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