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Top 5 Activities to Make Education Fun and  Interesting
Top 5 Activities to Make Education Fun and  Interesting.  Think about this quote from The ABC's of Homeschooling by Albert Einstein "It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry..."  The holy curiosity of inquiry is the sacred interest in questioning.  Check out the list below to find out how to make kids interested enough to learn, ask questions, and want to find the answers:

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Parenting is a Marathon - Not a 5K
Like marathon running, when you become a parent you're in it for the long haul. It's not a 5K. It's not even a 42.2K. It's a lifetime of determination, energy, and sweat. But unlike marathon running, with parenting there is more than one finish line, and every time a child hugs you, tells you he loves you, or has his own personal wins - you become a winner as well :-)

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Creating a Love of Learning

Excerpt from The ABC's of Homeschooling:

"The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. . ." Edward Bulwer Lytton

By listening closely to your children you can create a love of learning. By creating in your child a love of learning you are giving the child all the tools he needs to become a successful adult. You may question this last statement. All the tools he needs to become a successful adult? Yes, by creating a love of learning the child will teach himself about anything he is interested in. During the journey of learning about the things we love we also learn many other fascinating facts that have nothing to do with the chosen subject.

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The ABC's of Homeschooling by Laura HuberWhat is it about parenting today that is so confusing? Is it the fact that parenting has changed dramatically in the last one hundred years? And our roles of mothers and fathers are significantly different than that of our grandparents, parents and even what we ourselves remember as children. Today parenting may be more pressure and less picturesque than what we remember from our past, but parenting really isn’t that difficult if you just keep in mind three simple, time-tested principles.

1. Do everything with love. Whether it’s speaking to a child, listening to a child, feeding and clothing a child or disciplining a child; do it with love. A child will automatically sense the love coming from you. If you are just going through the motions or having resentment or anger issues, the child will sense these emotions as well. Kids are smart.

2. Kids are smart, but not as smart as you. Sometimes it seems as though the parent actually allows the child to believe that he is smarter than his parents. Remember that even though they may know the formula for a very difficult trigonometry problem, you have lived longer and know more in general about life no matter what their grades in school may be. On September 21, 2009 the Examiner.com revealed that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. Until that age it is more difficult to use rational thinking, make decisions, see long term effects and use good judgment. Sometimes it is necessary to guide your child in the right direction. If you do this by presenting facts and age-appropriate information the child’s natural sense of what is right will usually prevail. Sometimes you may have to make an unpopular decision in order to keep the child’s well-being intact.

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The Harvest

In order to have an abundant harvest many things must happen:

A fertile seed must be planted in nutrient rich soil.
The seed must receive sufficient rainfall and sunlight.
The seed must be protected from weeds and disease.
The seed must have time to mature.

As I ponder this miraculous process of the circle of life, it reminds me of people. We come into life so new and pretty and tender. If we have been given the right amount of food, attention and protection we can grow into a strong adult that can withstand and weather much. But it takes time to develop the wisdom and experience that comes with living many years of life on this earth.

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