Homeschooling – find your state guidelines here

Homeschooling - find your state guidelines

A direct focus on this site is to promote limitless learning. There are a variety of circumstances that may lead you to explore educational solutions outside of the current school system.  For many students and families, home based education is a viable option. Some find this learning alternative to create growth and development for the entire family.  Many states offer an online public school option for students to meet standard requirements from a home based setting. If you think your child is best served without this school based partnership, and are considering an in home setting, there are state requirements that you should be aware of.  Each states criteria varies.                              CRHE site has valuable information for your specific state.

       Your state homeschooling policies can be found at the link below...

>> Current Homeschool State Guidelines

Please note.. we are not affiliated with the CRHE . And yes, marketers would cringe to think we are sending our 'traffic' to another site to fit the needs of our user's. The truth is, we are glad to find a 'no strings attached' resource that allows easy access and qualified answers to your homeschooling questions. 

* We can not overlook the fact that many children thrive in a traditional school settings. We honor the teachers that light their path of discovery.








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The next 10 years – Preparing our children for what’s to come

Traditionally, we roll into a new year and we are flooded with predictions of what's to come. What will the new year bring? What will the next 10 years bring? How will life change? How will the change impact us? If we only had some insight to best prepare for things to come.

In place of a psychic prediction, let me share a scientific prediction. Innovative advancements will be at the core of many future changes. The good, the bad and the ugly. The times they are a changin'.

No need to dust off the Y2K panic button. ( Yes, that was a thing...and yes, someday our young humans will laugh at us for this)

Student's of all ages will find the holographic learning tool  exciting. It will provide a real life education with a holographic experience.  It may also offer companionship to mentor and tutor young students. I foresee  our elderly benefitting from a'Halli' companion for friendship and security.  The possibilities are endless.

The momentum of new medical advancements will make our current methods of practice seem archaic. Sensors will monitor data and alert us to our health needs. The gathering of long term data will offer a record of any adjustments that are needed.

The exponential advancements such as artificial intelligence, drones, holograms, and new energy sources offers many benefits.  There will be huge progress that will enable clean water and light for those on our planet that are without. To think that when some of us look forward to the flying cars, there are others who can look forward to the basic need of clean water. Our division should be measured in light years rather than miles.

Something to consider before choosing the design for your fancy flying car is that every single industry where technology is a part of will be disrupted in a big way. 

As artificial intelligence (AI) makes strides to comfort us with convenience and efficiency, it will impact many facets of our life. The economic advantages for companies to use AI will detour their staffing needs. The jobs that are currently providing for families to live on will soon fade away. Drones may soon replace the pizza delivery guy, and eventually the truck driver. Current use of robotic technology is perpetually changing the field of manufacturing and impacting the job skills that are required. Chatbots will provide an online friendship, as well as act as your bank teller, insurance agent, florist, doctor, tutor, and therapist.

Design, development and innovative thinking will be of premium value while traditional vocational needs will be of less demand. Our human capabilities and current vocational skills are insignificant as AI gains momentum as an optimum employee solution.

Additional consequences to the new wave of technical changes may lead to new prejudice to AI and all facets of technology. The current rebellion of undocumented or outsourced employees that spark social backlash,   is just a glimpse of what may take place as jobs are lost and replaced with AI's.

It is unsettling, but being aware of what's ahead can determine the life skills that you will need to prepare your child with for pending developments.

With indications of our global changes it is necessary to encourage our children to become limitless learners. This in itself will leverage their adaptability and economic value.  An inquisitive and creative nature coupled with determination will be of great value in the not so distant future.

We are quite fortunate to have insight to the gifts and challenges that our children may endure. This allows us to have a unique perspective as we guide our children along their path.

How to prepare our children for life in 2027

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Dream Squashing in our Factory Model Education system

The current factory model school system may be a hampering your child’s creative growth. This won’t come surprising to many of you. You may be actively providing a balance to ensure your student does not experience the effects of ‘Dream Squashing’.

The North American school system is based on the Prussian Education academic method. The standards, structure and housing are defined by the term Factory model schools. Most do not provide a stimulating environment that enhances a child’s natural desire for exploration. The industrial design does not promote limitless learning. An innate love of learning becomes a stressful goal of meeting standardized scores.

The top down management, teacher pay structure and quality of the facility are some of the aspects to the cookie cutter template. Not surprising, the funding is performance based, and conforming to ‘acceptable’ thinking standards is rewarded. The imagination, and zest for discovery as a 5 year old enters school declines significantly over his academic career.

These changes had not been measured until NASA implemented this study. The results are discussed in the lecture given by George Land at TedxTucson.

Creativity declines with age. These are the results from the NASA based testing.

Test results amongst 5 year olds: 98%
Test results amongst 10 year olds: 30%
Test results amongst 15 year olds: 12%
Same test given to 280,000 adults: 2%

Interesting video from TedxTucson.

parenting in rewind…something to consider

As adults we can easily find our experienced and practical side as a first response to a child’s infinite imagination. From our experience we may already know if something is too heavy, un-affordable, or has failed before, but how harmful is it to jump on board your child’s innovative dream ship?

http://www.testmycreativity.com/

And yes…we have a link to the creative assessment so give it a try!! Let us know your results! It will be fun!

 

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Coding lessons for kids

Coding is best learned early. Learning to code is similar to learning a second language. Children that are exposed to fundamental topics like sequencing, loops, and conditionals, early on seem to have a deeper understanding of these concepts.  Coding is a fundamental skill that children need to learn to unleash their limitless learning potential.  Here are a few of the coding for kids sites that we have discovered.

If you find any of the links useful please consider sharing your user experience.  After reviewing, we would value your feedback.

https://codecombat.com/            

For ages 5-17. Core levels are free.             Monthly subscription for additional levels.

https://studio.code.org/courses/                          

For ages 4-14. Free – no account needed.
At the end of each course, students are able to create interactive games or stories for sharing online.

https://scratch.mit.edu/ 

Scratch is free and developed by MIT.     
Although designed to be a stepping stone to more advanced programming languages, students have used Scratch to create animations for classroom projects in science and math.

https://www.tynker.com/                                                                                            
For ages 4-14. A sample of coding lessons is available at Tynker for free.   Access to the complete library and a private Minecraft server requires a monthly subscription.

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