Diana's Homeschool Blog

Welcome to my homeschool blog, which offers insights into loving learning, loving your family, loving history, loving homeschooling, and enjoying your life! With your cup of coffee in hand, take a break to laugh with me, to have your heart refreshed, to be reminded of how cool your kids really are, and to consider the amazing adventure of being a homeschool mom. AND, if you are interested in the History Revealed curriculum, be sure to check out my Teaching Tips!

Teaching Tip 5—Different Tastes

Teaching Tip 5—Different Tastes

If you were only allowed one kind of taste in your cooking, which one would it be?

Categories of Taste

You’ve probably taught your kids about the four basic taste categories in food—sweet, sour, salt, and bitter.  (Note: There is a fifth and sixth category, too—umami and piquant— but kids may not understand these flavors as easily.)

If there were only one?

Now, with all those flavors floating through your mind, let me ask you a bizarre question:  What one flavor would you serve your kids day-in and day-out? Really, which ONE would you choose?

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Teaching Tip 4 — Learning Styles

Teaching Tip 4 — Learning Styles

If you think back to your days in a classroom, can you remember the kid that was always fidgeting? And, what about the one who was always talking? You probably noticed the studious types who knew every answer in English, history or science class, and the gregarious types who knew every person in school. In P.E., some kids could run laps without breaking a sweat, while others could barely make it once around the track. In art or music, some made it look easy while the rest tried to not look stupid. There were labels—from top student to teacher’s pet to ADD to daydreamer to troublemaker—whether positive or negative, given by teachers and other students. Do you remember?

Why do some students thrive when they sit at a desk with a book and an assignment, while others struggle? And, more importantly, why do we consider the former “smart” and the others not? Why do we find some easy to teach—dream students—while others frustrate us? These questions are critical to answer because we want ALL of our kids to thrive in their learning experience.

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Teaching Tip 3—The Connection

Teaching Tip 3—The Connection

 

Last week in this blog series, we considered the importance of a first impression when introducing our students to an academic subject, or, in this case, a historical era. We looked at how to make this initial introduction through an auditory, visual, and kinesthetic experience, and how this brings a sense of eye-opening FUN to the students.

Today, let’s delve further into this idea of an introduction, and talk about what happens when students begin making connections. . .

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Teaching Tip 2—The Introduction

Teaching Tip 2—The Introduction

If you’ve ever watched the Food Network show, Chopped, you know that one of the most important elements the judges consider is presentation. Without that, your tasty dish loses some of its value. And, yet, a tomato tastes like a tomato, regardless of how it looks, right?  So, why go to all the trouble to make it look “just so”? Why does presentation matter?

The truth is that the way it looks will either heighten one’s appreciation or lessen one’s desire for the food on the plate.

It’s not just about food, though.  Have you ever heard the phrase, “dress for success”?  Why do employment books advise this when looking for a job? It’s because “you only get one chance to make a first impression,” and “the first impression is the lasting impression.” Regardless of your skills, your appearance will affect how potential employers consider your job application.

There is something about how we are wired that makes the introduction to a food or a person significant. In fact, it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to being well-received.

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Teaching Tip 1—You are ALL smart!

Teaching Tip 1—You are ALL smart!

Is it true? Are we all smart? The answer, believe it or not, is YES!

Does that surprise you? If your experience in school was to convince you of the exact opposite, you may want to keep reading. . .

Today begins a series of tutorials on my History Revealed curriculum. Element by element, phase by phase, we are going to drill down into the details.  So, if you are using (or thinking of trying) Ancient Civilizations and the Bible; Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries; or World Empires, World Missions, World Wars, this will be the place to ask questions and find answers.  

If you don’t qualify as a customer, but are increasingly weary of treading down a very tired education trail, you are welcome to join us in discovering what happens when you work with your students’ Learning Styles, their 8 Kinds of Smart (Multiple Intelligences), and their interests and passions. These dynamically transform the learning experience.  It’s true.  Kids can actually LOVE learning!

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