Who’s Coming in an Hour?

Your mother-in-law (or an old college pal) phones and says: “Guess what? We decided to come for a visit and we’ll be there in an hour.” Or, you look at the clock and realize your husband will be home from work in just one hour. You know you have been busy all day, but will he be able to tell? Here are some tips for what you can do with just one hour.

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Does Too Much Television Watching Damage the Developing Brain?

–Delana H. Stewart If you have a child 5 and under you will definitely want to see this. If you have any children or grandchildren that you love and care about, you will likely be interested. If you are the type of person who needs to see scientific data and visuals to believe something, watch…

Home Preschool and Beyond

—Delana H Stewart Many parents frequently ask me what curriculum I recommend for the pre-school years. If you have read my article Strategies for Teaching Preschool, then you already know that I promote enjoying the preschool years and not focusing on academics. You may also know that I do not promote pre-packaged curriculum for the…

Strategies for Teaching Preschool

By: Delana H Stewart 1.  Relax and Enjoy the preschool years:  I can’t stress enough the importance of this.  Too many home-school parents and preschool teachers forget that it is PRE-school (meaning not school–but before).  They try to make things too academic too soon.   2.  Prepackaged preschool/K4 curriculum not recommended:  Most of those have…

April 2011 Holidays and Activities

Learn about the saying: April Showers Bring May Flowers. Fun Easter and Spring craft ideas from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/easter/ April 17, 2011–Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday crafts and activities. Palm Sunday children’s sermons, devotions, activities, and music: http://www.kingskidstuff.com/palm_sunday.htm#Childrens%20Sermons. Passover is April 18, 2011–Jewish Passover Activities http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/passover/ Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (April 18-19) http://www.paulreverehouse.org/ (See also an interactive map…

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Build a Better Brain

–Delana H. Stewart Of my huge stack of education books to read this year, I just finished Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen.  The author gives an easy to understand explanation of how the brain works and how to interpret brain research. He also provides educators, parents, and students with interesting and…

The Reading Road to Speaking Right — Speech and Language Development

–Delana S Last month, I attended a workshop presented by speech pathologist Joy Dowdy. In her presentation regarding speech and language development, she stressed the importance of reading to your child. She also shared developmental language milestones and common speech errors, as well as offering some tips on ways to correct those errors. The milestones…

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Bringing Up Children Bilingually

—Delana H Stewart Recently, Dr. John Landon presented a workshop on Bilingualism and Multilingualism at an AERC family education conference. Dr. Landon was Head of the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Edinburgh until his retirement in 2005. He is an international expert on bilingualism and bilingual education, having worked in many European…

Montessori and Homeschool Freebies

Here are some links I’ve recently discovered for preparing your own montessori items: http://www.montessorimom.com/montessori-free-printouts-downloads/ http://forum.brillkids.com/teaching-your-child-other-topics/making-your-own-montessori-materials/msg45493/?topicseen (scroll down the page to see the article)   You may also want to check out these sites for some great ways to teach for free: http://www.donnayoung.org/index.htm http://www.abcteach.com http://www.starfall.com http://www.homeschooltopsites.com/

Sexting, Cyberbullies, “Playing Doctor,” and Stranger Danger

By: Delana S “Your five-year-old daughter is playing in her room with a couple of friends. You hear a lot of giggling and squealing. When you open the door to check on the kids, you find them sitting on the floor with their panties off, pointing at and touching each other’s genitals….” begins a booklet…

Running the Race (Planning your child’s education for the long haul)

Delana H. Stewart Setting Priorities and Planning Your Child’s Education (Includes extensive excerpts from an EduCare article by Steve Bryant entitled “Long-term Planning.”) Some of you may have seen the EduCare article on long-term planning.  I want to share the highlights with you of this excellent article.  Information at the end will show you how…

Brain Development of Youth

Delana S Recently, I watched a video interview of Dr. Daniel Amen on the topic of brain development.  This was one lecture in a series of counseling lectures by various authors to fulfill the requirement of a counseling course.  It did not surprise me that this particular lecture especially fascinated me, as our family recently…