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Sugar, Kids, and the Home

How many sweets are too many for a child? How much sugar do we allow in the home? Is it 'no sugar' or 'let them be happy kids'? In this vLog we explore these questions and share our practical solution that worked well enough in our home.

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​​​

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Can You Teach Your Kids to Teach Themselves?

We're convinced aim of education should be to help the student learn how to learn. How do you pull this off, especially in a homeschooling environment? How do you raise a self-taught student who can excel in college and life?

Fred Ray Lybrand​​​

The Real Reason We Have Communication Problems

Most of us think communication is difficult because we don't know how to say it right. Except for the problem of the curse on communication (see Genesis 11), the REAL REASON is about our behavior, even more than our words. Here's a quick explanation that could change everything!

Fred Ray Lybrand​​

Episode 101 – What is a Homeschooling Education Really About

There is a lot of misinformation about homeschooling. Some think it is about isolation and protection from the horrors of the world. Others think it is about character development more than academic preparation. Still others see it as a smart reaction to the failing school system. Our view was that it is the most efficient way for us to prepare our kids for life as self-teaching adults. There are 4 basic things that are essential to understand about a homeschool education; in fact, grasping these can change everything!

In this Episode You’ll Learn  the 4 Essentials:

1. The Homeschooling Mindset

2. Skills vs. Content

3. The Environment

4. Education as Freedom

Resources:

1. Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

2. The Easy (Sure-Fire) Way to Become a Better Speller

3. FREE MINI WRITING COURSE

 

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The Easiest Way to Understand Why Your Child Might Not Focus

This vLog is about the nature of Flow and how competence and challenge relate to crippling motivation in our kids and students.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

RESOURCES:

The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever) ?

Education: Know-How is Better than Knowledge

​Want a Happy Homeschool Writer?

 

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Politics is unavoidable, but how do you help your student think about all the issues? Sure we can have them study, but we can also push so hard they push back. I suggest we overcome a ‘psychological dysfunction’ and learn to approach debates with some maturity and perspective. It doesn’t always lead to agreement, but I think it is the best path to long term health.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

 

Politically Savvy Homeschooler

Raising a Politically Savvy Homeschooler

RESOURCES:

 

“How to Have a Happy Writer” Mini-Course?​

The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

 

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Want to Harm Writing? Teach it the Traditional Way!

Frankly, we know, the more we teach kids to obsess on correctness in grammar and writing…the worse they write and the less motivated they are (oh no…did I end with a verb thingy?).

If you want to grow a fine writer, then help them find their voice. Here’s a starter kit of the point!

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

Resources:

“How to Have a Happy Writer” Mini-Course?​

The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

 

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The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

Oh, maybe there are more, but honestly teenage rebellion comes down to a couple of simple motives. If you can understand the motivation for your child, then you can probably do a little something to fix it.

Fred Ray Lybrand​

The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels

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Is Your Toddler Bullying You?

In this vLog we consider the possibility that toddlers can learn to behave (crazy, huh?). Moreover, we look at the single most important thing to understand in helping them get on the path toward maturity (while still getting to be kids)  🙂 

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

Toddler bullying you

Toddler bullying you

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