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​

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Want Mature Kids? Dump the Rules and Add ________________!

Yes, we need rules for little ones. But as they age, rules don't help grow wise-and-mature young men and women. In this quick video I explain why building principles into your children is far more important than getting keeping them under the rules of the house.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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How to Use Movies to Teach Your Family Values

Often we avoid movies with our kids, especially we who homeschool. Honestly, that can be smart with some movies...but you could also be missing out on an opportunity to learn and prepare your kids for life in this world. This video shows you how we approached movies with our kids.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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Want a Better Reader? Read Out of Order!

One of the great secrets of excellent readers is that they don't feel compelled to read every word in order. Instead, they know how to look for the pattern first (before they 'read'). This short video tells enough to change your mind, and your student's life as a reader!

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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