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Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Politics is unavoidable, but how do you help your student think about all the issues? Sure we can have them study, but we can also push so hard they push back. I suggest we overcome a 'psychological dysfunction' and learn to approach debates with some maturity and perspective. It doesn't always lead to agreement, but I think it is the best path to long term health.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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Want to Harm Writing? Teach it the Traditional Way!

Frankly, we know, the more we teach kids to obsess on correctness in grammar and writing...the worse they write and the less motivated they are (oh no...did I end with a verb thingy?).

If you want to grow a fine writer, then help them find their voice. Here's a starter kit of the point!

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

Resources:

"How to Have a Happy Writer" Mini-Course?​

The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

In a STEM focused age we can miss the value of Fine Arts in our educational process. We homeschooled 5 all the way through to college. They all, in varying degrees, had instruction in painting/drawing, music, and theatre (going UK on the spelling). The important lessons involve beauty and the creative process, and we wouldn't trade the impact on our home.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever?)

The aim of this vLog is to share the most essential aspects of logic. Basically, it comes down to "If..then", "Does it Follow?", and "Bad premise..."

These are the important things to keep in mind and practice to be rational in the world. It isn't everything, but it is plenty (for homeschoolers, adults, liberals, and conservatives) 🙂

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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Education: Know-How is Better than Knowledge

We way over-value knowledge these days, whether it's for game shows or to impress the crowd. The real key in the quest to become self-teachers (the only real kind of education) is to gain the skills that empower. The dictionary is a spot-on illustration. Whether you homeschool, teach, or just want to be a great parent---this is the mindset you really must have down to your bones.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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How to Get Your Kids to Stop Fighting (with each other)

The most important thing for mom and dad to discover about their own kids fighting with one another is that mom and dad are ALSO PART OF THE PROBLEM.

If you are not aware of systems, then you'll tend to miss the different factors that contribute to what's happening.

Basically, how you respond to sibling rivalry determines how they fight. There are TWO WAYS to respond (essentially)...this video helps you choose a new path, if you're up for a change in family conflicts 🙂

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​