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Warmth – an essential nutrient for early learning

A necessary, but often overlooked, component of learning is emotional arousal.  In laymen’s terms, that means we learn more when feelings of pleasure and interest are associated with a learning experience.   Our memory system encodes what we are experiencing more deeply, more lastingly and in greater detail when we are not just cognitively engaged but also emotionally engaged.  You know Read More...

Best (and free) Test Prep for SAT/ACT

So you have a teen staring down the deadline to her first SAT experience. Or your son shows little dedication to his vocabulary program. What’s an innocuous (SAT word of medium challenge –adjective 1. not harmful or injurious; harmless. 2. not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive. ) strategy to help them both prepare in Read More...

Greetings from Budapest

I’m currently spending some time with Share Educational Services, based in Budapest, Hungary.  I’m learning so much about the challenges of educating kids abroad.  It’s fascinating to find out how missionaries and expatriates network with each other and come up with solutions on the fly for meeting their kids needs.  Homeschooling is growing internationally, but Read More...