digging holes, climbing, working, fitness

Back to Nature, part 4: P.E., Music, Art and the nPod

Are your children receiving the most benefits from a well-balanced education including P.E., Music, and Art? Do you know how these affect academic learning? Is organized sports and normal gym classes the most beneficial way to receive physical education? This is my final discussion on Richard Louv ’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (LC). I have had many parents, particularly those who homeschool (but also those in national schools), write me about the challenges of finding ways to involve their children in physical education and the arts.

sisters, friends, shared view

Back to Nature, part 3: Nature Therapy and ADHD

As parents, we know that kids today spend less time outside playing and much more time sitting indoors in front of televisions, computers, or game machines. One day, a fellow education consultant told me about Richard Louv ’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (LC). This piqued my curiosity, so I picked up a copy and began to wonder even more about the effects of technology on our children’s generation. Louv cites studies

hiking, walking, mountain climbing

Back to Nature, part 1: A Review of “Last Child in the Woods”

Book Review: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv . . . intrigued me as I wondered about my own family and whether or not we suffered the effects of not being in nature enough. Through the years research has certainly been done to show the benefits of nature on hospital patients, office workers, and stressed-out travelers in busy international airports. Mr. Louv provides additional

The Nature Zone–A Review of “The Nature Principle”

By: Delana H Stewart Do you desire for yourself or your children: A sharper mind? A stronger immune system? Less stress? More energy and strength? Better instincts? Enriched creativity, imagination, inspiration? Increased patience? Heightened senses? Greater sense of satisfaction with life? An edge in a competitive job market? A healthy and fit body? Relief from…


Click here for health or here of fitness-related posts on The Education Cafe (or see more links below). From Delana’s World: Should You Exercise When Sick? Should you exercise when you are sick? Here is what the experts have to to say about it . . . when it is okay and when it isn’t. Can…

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  Third Culture Kids links on other blogs/website Who or What is a TCK? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Culture_Kids http://www.adultbrat.com/third_culture_kids/encyclopedia.htm http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c21995.htm US Dept of State page on TCKs http://www.tckid.com/ http://www.tckworld.com/ http://www.interactionintl.org/home.asp Grandparenting Expats: Tips and Tools for Long Distance Grandmas and Grandpas   Third Culture Kids links on The Education Cafe (click here) — or see below Third Culture Kids…

March 2014 Holidays and Activities

March 2, 1904–Dr. Seuss’s Birthday–Check out this link for great craft ideas. Visit Seussville for games, books, and more. Visit  Mrs. Jones’ Room for a Dr. Seuss Unit Study. Here’s a blog post with fun pictures and quotes concerning Dr. Seuss. A Dr. Seuss twist on Expats and Transitions. March 8–International Women’s Day in Russia…

kids and cell phones, iphones, texting, sexting

Kids, Teens, and the Internet: Reducing the Dangers

Reduce the dangers and maximize the benefits for kids and teens on the internet. An excerpt from an article by Educare Magazine, used with permission.  The internet is part of one of the greatest social revolutions in human history. It has risen from small beginnings in the 1990s to become the enormous worldwide phenomenon that…

Surviving Parenting: In Tears and Laughter

I don’t need another parenting book–but a book that makes me laugh when the tears of child-raising well up in my eyes and the darts of defiance pierce my heart–THAT book I need to read! Not long ago I read Lisa Whelchel’s book Creative Correction. Though she is currently famous for her appearance on Survivor, I grew up watching her on Facts of Life. As an experienced parent having raised three sons (now post high school), did I really need to read another parenting book?

Multiple Intelligences: How Does Your Child Think?

[***June 2010 Update: Visit Dr. Kathy Koch’s Blog on Multiple Intelligences…click here. Check out her book on Authentic Hope and her DVD titled Authentic Answers. Check out her DVD  “HOW AM I SMART? A Guide to Multiple Intelligences” (DVD/2006)–click here See the companion article on The Education Cafe titled:Authentic Hope: Life Changing Answers.***] The Gardner…

Fourth Grade Basics

Here are 4th grade standards based on a California school district. http://www.soqueldo.santacruz.k12.ca.us/Standards/FourthGradeStandards.html [Also: Check out the benchmarks on the Greatschools website– Fourth grade: What your child should know and standards by state.] Additionally, click here for US reading/vocab list. Year-End Standards:  Reading Writing, Listening, Speaking Mathematics Science Social Studies Health & PE Helping at Home…

Third Grade Basics

(The information below is based on standards from various states. If you need state specific standards, please search the internet for requirements for your state.) Read on….or download here: Third Grade Basics Also: For third grade reading/vocab list click here. Mathematics Identify Names of Numbers Identify word names for numbers through 9,999. Identify ordinals to…