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Teaching Help Columns: 2004-2006

"Is It Bribery " by Kathryn Stout
November/December 2006
"What do we do when kids don’t want to learn what we’ve set before them? If we negotiate, adjust the lesson, or plan lessons around a child’s interests is it a form of bribery? And if it is, is it wrong?"
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"Motivating Our Teens " by Kathryn Stout
September/October 2006
"I often talk with homeschooling families struggling with their transition from a packaged textbook program to a unit study approach. Although their kids are enthusiastic, the moms complain about the extensive planning. Exhausted, they are looking for help. What should they do?"
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"Keeping Unit Studies Simple" by Kathryn Stout
July/August 2006
"I often talk with homeschooling families struggling with their transition from a packaged textbook program to a unit study approach. Although their kids are enthusiastic, the moms complain about the extensive planning. Exhausted, they are looking for help. What should they do?"
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"Baby-Steps Toward Independence" by Kathryn Stout
May/June 2006
"Are you eager for your children to be able to work independently? Most of us juggle so many responsibilities that it’s impossible to direct our kids all the time. We may sometimes supplement with software, videos, books on tape—anything they can do alone. Happily, there are also activities that will train our kids to find, process, and present information—equipping them for true independence. Even better, these activities can be used again and again, so we don’t have to spend extra time planning."
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"Personalizing Science" by Kathryn Stout
March/April 2006
"Children begin with a curiosity about the world around them. If that has faded, these suggestions for adding a personal connection may restore their enthusiasm."
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"Finding Success" by Kathryn Stout
January/February 2006
"…teachers must recognize that children may not think or learn the way they do."
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"Homeschooling Basics - Part II: The Pace" by Kathryn Stout
July/August 2005
"Planning lessons begins with targeting specific objectives (the concept or skill we want learned). Then we must estimate the amount of time needed for the student to achieve each goal. Just the thought of all this planning makes ready-made lesson plans appealing."
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"Homeschooling Basics - Part I: The Pace" by Kathryn Stout
May/June 2005
"How do we decide what to teach and at what pace? Having opted out of the school system in order to give our kids the personal touch, are we still following their choices of what to cover and when? Are we nervous about getting our kids a diploma by eighteen?"
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"I Can't, I Won't" by Kathryn Stout
March/April 2005
"Most of us are familiar with the child that wants to quit if the task doesn't appear easy instantly. He can't seem to handle even a tiny challenge. What can be done?"
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"Strategies for Teaching Kids with Special Needs" by Kathryn Stout
November/December 2004
"Although every child is unique and specific needs vary, there are a number of recommendations I find myself making to almost all of the homeschooling families I work with who homeschool children with special needs."
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"Motivating Your Teenager" by Kathryn Stout
September/October 2004
"Frequently, students are willing to complete academic assignments without too much protest until becoming teenagers. As the work becomes more demanding, it's likely that earning good grades or pleasing parents isn't a good enough reason to wade through all that's required. Frustrated, parents may urge students on with the "good jobs require a good education" mantra. But unless your teen has a job in mind, that's too abstract. So, let's make it personal."
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"From Avoidance to Confidence" by Kathryn Stout
July 2004
"Is there something your student finds too hard? If so, he probably tries to avoid that task. When a student feels like a failure, he needs to experience success, not criticism. Come to his rescue with a method that will not only build his confidence, but also serve as a model for him to use when facing future challenges."
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"Healthy-Hearted Juggling" by Kathryn Stout
May 2004
"There have been plenty of things I wanted to do, even thought were necessary, that never made it to the top of my "To Do" list. These recommendations won't allow you to accomplish it all. Instead, you'll be able to react more frequently to comments or situations with kindness instead of criticism and patience instead of anger, worry, or frustration. You'll be able to determine what's really important and let go of the rest."
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"Why Your Child May Have Trouble Staying Focused" by Kathryn Stout
April 2004
"Our children want to succeed just as much as we want them to. Since it is likely that they have no idea why concentrating is difficult, it's up to us to look for ways to help them."
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"How Do Homeschooled Kids Become Responsible?" by Kathryn Stout
March 2004
"Not long ago, a parent told me that during his Internet search into homeschooling he could find nothing to satisfy his concerns about developing a sense of responsibility in his child if he decided to teach her at home. Nevertheless, these behaviors can be instilled at home just as well or better than in a public or private school setting."
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"Is It Time For A Change" by Kathryn Stout
January 2004
"No matter what the reason, if you or your kids feel as if you're just "going through the motions," here are a few suggestions that may help..."
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