Building More Specific Images in CompositionsSince it takes a number of skills to write an interesting, cohesive composition, daily writing …2012-02-25 15:30:43
The Power of PatienceHow we teach influences our children as much, or more, than what we teach. If …2012-02-25 15:28:51
Teaching Children to Take a StandSeveral skills are involved in processing information. Unfortunately, two of the foundational skills, memorization and …2012-02-25 15:28:04
Try a Project ApproachWell, we’ve all been back to homeschooling for a month now, and many are probably …2012-02-25 14:51:15
Why Bother with Physical Education?Often considered just one more thing that has to be completed, physical education is frequently …2012-02-25 14:50:10
Minor Adjustments for Major Benefits: Using English to Teach Teens to ThinkAs I mentioned last month, teenagers need plenty of opportunities to think critically. We can …2012-02-25 14:49:11
How Do I Know if My Child ‘Gets It’It’s easy to believe a child “gets it” when he answers a question using the …2012-02-25 14:48:00
The Gifted May Not Seem A Gift, But They AreMy husband Richard has few fond memories of public school. After being a model student …2012-02-25 14:47:00
Casual Conversations Can Build Thinking SkillsHere’s an easy way to help your children get more out of the fiction they …2012-02-25 14:06:13
Learning & Real ExperiencesDon’t let the routine of the school day lull you into a false sense of …2012-02-25 14:04:57
Reading CriticallyTwo concerns that every home-school parent should address in the area of literature are that …2012-02-25 14:04:04
Motivating Our TeensWe all have to do things we don’t really want to do. So why do …2012-02-25 14:03:03
Motivating Your TeenagerFrequently, students are willing to complete academic assignments without too much protest until becoming teenagers. …2012-02-25 14:02:14
Minor Adjustments for Major Benefits: Using History to Teach Teens to ThinkThe high school years should include plenty of opportunities for teens to practice thinking critically. …2012-02-25 14:00:33
A View From the HomeschooledOriginally published: September 2002 by Clea Stout Fennemore As I’m sure most readers know, this …2012-02-25 13:58:22
More Ideas to Help the Developing ReaderWhen a child has difficulty learning to read, the teacher’s challenge is to add practice …2012-02-25 13:56:42
Motivating Young ReadersChildren want to imitate their parents and, so, are eager to read. At least until …2012-02-25 13:55:30
Opportunities for DiscussionsAugust is a month of vacations—a chance to relax before starting a new school year. …2012-02-25 13:53:33
Training Our Children In the Way They Should GoMy children are grown, so my homeschooling days are behind me. At least until I …2012-02-25 13:49:07
Is It Easy?Greetings! Welcome to my very first column on the Internet. I admit I avoided the …2012-02-25 13:44:55
The “Foreign” Language of MathNote: The content of this newsletter requires a visual that cannot be included in the …2012-02-25 13:33:34
What Do I Do With Those Test Scores?Originally Published: July 2001 You may have been thrilled—or dismayed—by your child’s standardized achievement test …2012-01-22 14:51:38
The Pauses That RefreshOriginally Published: July 2000 Burn out is a common complaint among homeschooling parents, even among …2012-01-22 14:45:44
Machiavelli Was Right—Sort OfOriginally Published: June 2002 Does the end ever justify the means? I realize this question …2012-01-22 14:41:29
Add Benefits to Summer FunOriginally Published: June 2001 A great deal of learning can take place during the summer …2012-01-22 14:40:19
Is It Possible To Enjoy Social Studies?Originally Published: May 1998 This is the subject most abused in the public school system. …2012-01-22 14:33:16
Healthy-Hearted JugglingOriginally Published: May 2004 This isn’t one of those articles on organization that reminds you …2012-01-22 14:08:22
Little Things Do Mean A LotOriginally Published: May 2002 Coloring with my four-year-old niece, I adjusted her grip on the …2012-01-22 14:07:13
Helping Children Learn to ReadOriginally Published: May 2001 There are a variety of good reading programs available, yet many …2012-01-22 14:00:28
The Play’s the ThingOriginally Published: May 2000 When I was young, it was common for kids to gather …2012-01-22 13:58:47
What Do I Need to Know About Learning Styles?Originally Published: April 1999 Anything we find confusing or complicated is best learned when we …2012-01-22 13:34:30
Playing to LearnOriginally Published: April 1998 Long before official “school” begins, children’s play can provide opportunities for …2012-01-22 13:29:44
The Power of PurposeOriginally Published: April 2003 A man crouches next to his children’s bed in the middle …2012-01-22 13:27:02
The Perfect Homeschool—Yours!Originally Published: April 2002 Discouraged by trying and getting nowhere in her public school classes, …2012-01-22 13:23:58
Time to TalkOriginally Published: April 2001 Are your children comfortable speaking in front of others? Oral presentations, …2012-01-21 21:47:00
Adjusting AttitudeOriginally Published: April 2000 Even when teaching methods are effective in helping a student understand …2012-01-21 21:21:49
Teaching Children Who Have Difficulty LearningOriginally Published: March 1999 Each child is unique, and his learning disability specific. However, there …2012-01-21 21:20:12
What to do with the Hands-On LearnerOriginally Published: March 1998 Last month I discussed the auditory learner. This month, let’s take …2012-01-21 21:14:50
Unit Study TipOriginally Published: March/April 1996 Students often fill their writing assignments with vague generalities or merely …2012-01-21 21:10:45
I Can’t, I Won’tOriginally Published: March/April 2005 Most of us are familiar with the child that wants to …2012-01-21 20:55:34
More About How Kids LearnOriginally Published: March 2003 Much is now available about learning styles. Some of us learn …2012-01-21 20:08:59
Handling Homeschool StressMy days were already more than full, so when I thought about taking on homeschooling …2012-01-21 20:05:54
Teaching With ToddlersOriginally Published: March 2001 Little ones demand attention, making it a challenge to give older …2012-01-21 19:41:16
Gaining Literary ExperienceOriginally Published: March 2000 Literature in junior and senior high school has, too often, been …2012-01-21 19:39:24
Getting More Out of Writing AssignmentsOriginally Published: January/February 2007 Composition often finds itself at the bottom of the teacher’s “To …2012-01-21 19:37:19
Finding SuccessOriginally Published: January/February 2006 The one-size-fits-all approach to education emphasizes method. For a student to …2012-01-21 19:34:56
Kids Who Have Trouble Paying Atten…Originally Published: February 1999 When lessons don’t seem to stick, a short attention span could …2012-01-21 15:31:15
Beat the BlahsOriginally Published: February 1998 This is a good time of year to take stock of …2012-01-21 15:28:43
Getting More Out of Movies – Part IIOriginally Published: February 2001 Because movies must develop a story in two to three hours, …2012-01-21 15:18:47
Fostering Creativity – A Balancing ActOriginally Published: February 2000 An environment that encourages creativity is one that includes opportunities for …2012-01-21 15:17:01
Developing a Writer — Part IIOriginally Published: February 2003 Writing and thinking are intricately connected. Therefore, any activities that help …2011-12-19 19:56:19
Confidence BuildersOriginally Published:  January 2000 How we interact with our children can make or break their …2011-12-19 19:50:05
Help for the Anxious ChildOriginally Published: January 2002 Is your child a perfectionist? Is he easily frustrated? Frequently worried? …2011-12-19 19:42:46
Developing a Writer — Part IOriginally Published: January 2003 Parents and teachers hoping to develop both interest and skill in …2011-12-19 19:37:54
Is It Time For A Change?Originally Published: January 2004 Frequently, homeschooling moms find themselves looking for relief from a case …2011-12-19 19:35:30
Fun With MoneyOriginally Published: January 1999 The holidays are over and its time to get back to …2011-12-19 16:22:39
Independent Activities for Middle School ScienceOriginally Published: March/April 2007 Whether homeschooling one child or several, we all tend to look …2007-03-01 00:00:19
Is It Bribery?What do we do when kids don’t want to learn what we’ve set before them? …2006-11-01 00:00:50
Keeping Unit Studies SimpleI often talk with homeschooling families struggling with their transition from a packaged textbook program …2006-07-01 00:00:29
Baby-Steps Toward IndependenceOriginally Published: May/June 2006 Are you eager for your children to be able to work …2006-05-01 00:00:14
Personalizing ScienceOriginally Published: March/April 2006 Children begin with a curiosity about the world around them. If …2006-03-01 00:00:07
Home Schooling Basics Part II: The PacePlanning lessons begins with targeting specific objectives (the concept or skill we want learned). Then …2005-07-01 00:00:28
Homeschooling Basics Part I: BalanceHow do we decide what to teach and at what pace? Having opted out of …2005-05-01 00:00:46
Strategies for Teaching Kids with Special NeedsAlthough every child is unique and specific needs vary, there are a number of recommendations …2004-11-01 00:00:02
From Avoidance to ConfidenceIs there something your student finds too hard? If so, he probably tries to avoid …2004-07-01 00:00:07
Why Your Child May Have Trouble Staying FocusedAhh, spring is in the air…and thoughts wander. Maybe that’s all that’s behind your child’s …2004-04-01 00:00:41
How Do Homeschooled Kids Become Responsible?Not long ago, a parent told me that during his Internet search into homeschooling he …2004-03-01 00:00:26
More Tips for Teaching HandwritingHandwriting questions continue to fill my mailbox, so here are a few tips that I …2003-08-01 00:00:53
The Quest for the Perfect CurriculumThe hunt for that perfect curriculum is once again in progress. Surely there is one …2003-05-01 00:00:08
Making an Alphabet BookMaking an alphabet book is a simple activity that helps develop reading readiness in young …2002-11-01 00:00:44
Tips for Tutoring Middle School MathAs a math tutor, I frequently work with kids having difficulty staying focused. Even when …2002-08-01 00:00:58
Time for a Change?Originally Published: February 2002 This is a good time of year to step back and …2002-02-01 00:00:46
Music Makes a DifferenceThe merits of music education are no secret. Articles and books have pointed out the …2001-12-01 00:00:33
Getting More Out of Movies — Part IOriginally Published: January 2001 For teenagers trying to avoid reading fiction, movies can be used …2001-01-01 00:00:06
Breaking Down the BarriersWhen children struggle repeatedly without success, their natural reaction is to avoid that challenge in …2000-12-01 00:00:05
Developing Classification Skills in Young ChildrenBusy schedules make it easy to overlook suggested reading or math readiness activities simply because …2000-10-01 00:00:25
A Simple Approach to an Essential Tool: VocabularyIf a child is able to retell the basic plot of a story just heard …2000-08-01 00:00:49
I Think, Therefore I…Fill in the Blanks?Students generally try to complete an assignment with as little effort as possible. Therefore, even …2000-06-01 00:00:46
Toys That TeachYoung children can learn a great deal as they play. Following are just a few …1999-12-01 00:00:44
What’s in a Game?While students require practice in order to master any skill, that practice does not have …1999-09-01 00:00:38
Introducing Word ProblemsWhy do kids that have no difficulty with computation suddenly become totally confused when given …1999-08-01 00:00:26
Getting Ready to HandwriteEnjoyable activities that develop hand-eye coordination pay off later when young children learn to write. …1999-07-01 00:00:03
Exploring the Sense of TouchLet your children explore and make discoveries about their senses. Not only will they develop …1999-06-01 00:00:23
One Stop Shopping, or Eclectic Education?The homeschool shopping season has begun. Here are a few tips to keep in mind …1999-05-01 00:00:56
Easy Ways to Put Spark into Your Home SchoolThere is nothing more exhausting than trying to get kids to do what they don’t …1998-12-01 00:00:49
How to Teach HandwritingThere are three components to handwriting, whether a child is learning to print or write …1998-11-01 00:00:15
Tips for Multi-Level PlanningHere’s one approach to developing a working outline that is easily adapted to multi-level teaching. …1998-10-01 00:00:56
Help! My Child Can’t SpellSpelling is a regular part of the language arts curriculum through eighth grade. So why …1998-07-01 00:00:44
Fringe Benefits of the IEP: Individualized Educational ProgramSpecial education teachers have had to specify objectives by writing IEPs for students for years. …1998-06-01 00:00:05
Simple Techniques To Encourage Thinking Skills in the YoungHere are a few simple ways to encourage the development of problem solving skills in …1998-01-01 00:00:58
Exceptions To Our Established Homeschool RoutinesDecember has arrived, and with it all the extra responsibilities holidays bring. It is a …1997-12-01 00:00:30
Help Your Children Write Well“Has composition been a priority in your home school, or have you felt intimidated by …1997-11-01 00:00:09
Instilling a Love of LearningWhen I was fresh out of college and bursting with ideas for helping children discover, …1995-01-01 00:00:31
About Design-A-StudyDesign-A-Study was founded in 1988 by Kathryn Stout. After eight years of teaching in public …1988-01-01 00:00:56