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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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New Beginnings and Fresh Tracks
A wonderful treat on New Year's day is waking up to a blanket of fresh white snow covering the earth. It beckons and begs the soul to create something. A snowman, an igloo, a trail... When venturing outside and making in tracks in fresh snow, one soon sees that other creatures have already left their marks. Birds with tiny Y tracks barely scratch the surface. Deer whose hooves make deep, delicate hearts in places. What kind of marks do you make? Are your tracks deep and grooved from boots with traction? Or do you wear snowshoes and barely scratch the surface?

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The Christmas Present
Looking back a hundred years or more to past Christmases drums up pictures of the perfect Christmas. Warm fires burning brightly, with real pine and cedar decorating their mantles. Handmade gifts wrapped and placed under the tree with utmost care and love. Toasty kitchens with wonderful smells wafting from the stove. Men in tall hats and ladies in fluffy dresses. We don't have to go back to Victorian times for Christmases in the past to make us look back wistfully.

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A Meaningful Thanksgiving

We are all familiar with the story of the first Thansgiving with Squanto (also known as Tisquantum - meaning "rage of the Manitou") and the Pilgrims. It is fun to envision and act out different scenarios with big silver belts, tall hats, and feathers. But it is truly impossible for any of us to imagine just how grateful they were for a bountiful harvest and a warm hearth, because these are things that most of us take for granted.

Today, Thanksgiving Day, like many other holidays, has changed its meaning in mainstream.

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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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