Category Archives: Parenting

CA Charter Caters to Home-Schooled Students

Source: Education Week, Dec 2013 The partnership between Wiseburn and Da Vinci offers one model for keeping home-schooling families connected to the larger district community and highlights a more holistic approach to getting parents involved in their children’s schooling. While parent cooperatives are becoming more commonplace, the Innovation Academy is unique as a full public school …

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Hybrid Home-Schooling

Source: Education Week, Jan 2014 Baywood Learning Center in Oakland, Calif., a private school for gifted students, has offered hybrid home-schooling programs for the past three years. The school has a la carte classes on individual subjects once a week, as well as a multiage class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to cover core …

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Adult-Child Conversations More Impactful than 1-on-1 Reading

Source: UCLA, Sep 2009 Adult-child conversations have a more significant impact on language development than exposing children to language through one-on-one reading alone, according to a new study in the July issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study found that back-and-forth conversation was strongly associated with future improvements in …

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Parenting More Important Than Schools for Academic Achievement

Source: Science Daily, Oct 2012 New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. Specifically, the researchers looked at how “family social capital” and “school social capital” …

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Multi-Tasking Affects Student Learning

Source: KQED Mindshift, May 2013 … evidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts. David Meyer, a …

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Passions Lead to Professions for Home-Schooled Children

Source: Daily Mail (UK), Apr 2013 A mother who home-schools her ten children in Montgomery, Alabama, has opened up about how six of them began their college degrees by the age of 12. Those of the Harding siblings who have already graduated from college have gone on to become a doctor, an architect, a spacecraft …

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OCPS Considers Gifted School

Source: Orlando Sentinel blog, Feb 2013 (cached copy since the original is not available) Several board members said they know families who have removed their children from Orange public schools because their children weren’t being challenged. It was in that context that board members discussed the idea of a gifted academy for kindergarten to grade 8. …

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Parenting More Important Than Schools for Academic Achievement

Source: NC State website, Oct 2012 New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. “Our study shows that parents need to be aware of how important …

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Being Judgemental can Reduce Your Children's Creativity

Source: The Creativity Post, Oct 2012 The children who had been raised by non-controlling, non-judgmental parents exhibited far more creative potential as teenagers, according to the teachers’ rankings, than did those who had been raised by more controlling, judgmental parents.

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Welcome to the Be G.R.E.A.T. Academy

Welcome! The Be G.R.E.A.T. (Globally Ready to Excel and Achieve Today) Academy focuses upon preparing students for success in the Global Creative Economy.

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