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Episode 105: Valuing Logic

Logic is important for your kids as they grow. Frankly, if they don’t learn to make sense of things, they are going to have a tough time in this world. The makeup of humans helps, as they start arguing around 12 years old (known as the Logic/Dialectic Stage in Classical Education). Really, there isn’t that much to logic…but there is enough to demand we think clear about it! Today’s podcast will get you started 🙂

TODAY’S PODCAST CONTENT:

  1. Value of logic
  2. Importance of logic to parents and kids
  3. Bad premise, bad conclusion

Additional Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

Episode 104: Romance, Dating, & Courting

One of my mentors, Robert Fritz, pointed out to us that ‘romance’ is really based on the unusual. Of course, that means that our ideas about relating can get messed up because most of life is about the usual, true? It’s the math of relationships that helps us out…realizing it’s an equation when two people agree or disagree allows us to respect one another’s freedom.  Understanding this math is especially important for our kids, since they are in a world of constant decision about who they befriend and what they do together.

TODAY’S PODCAST CONTENT:

  1. More about Romance
  2. Math of Relationship
  3. Two Essentials: For a lasting marriage (please use while dating / courting too)

Additional Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

Episode 103: Easy Parenting Mindset

In this episode, I want to talk about why parenting is often not that easy. This is probably a different way to think for most people. And yet, whatever your experience of parenting is, it can get better.

In this episode, you will learn:

  1.  Why parenting is often not that easy
  2.  How to make parenting much easier

Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

 

Episode 102: The Importance of Your Mental Models

If you have a mental model, it means you have a way of thinking about how life goes in a certain area and that prediction makes you act, interact and react.

Most of us know that somewhere in our family and educational game we are building or following systems. What most people do not know is that our systems are based on our mental models. One of they great challenges we face is trying to implement a system which simply does not match how we think about things. In this presentation I’ll show you how to start getting on the right track.​

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Importance of mental models
  • How mental model works
  • Different areas of mental model
  • Locus of control

Resources:

1. Why Homeschooling Needs the Arts

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

3. FREE MINI WRITING COURSE

 

 

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

 

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