THREE WAYS TO ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENT READING

THREE WAYS TO ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENT READING  If your children associate “reading” only with compulsory school assignments, they’re missing a lot. Kids who enjoy independent reading reap tons of benefits:  They broaden their vocabulary and their ability to comprehend what others are communicating.  They learn to see situations from multiple points of view.  They’re exposed to a variety of … [Read more...] about THREE WAYS TO ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENT READING

EVERYDAY OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING DURING SCHOOL BREAKS

EVERYDAY OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING DURING SCHOOL BREAKS If your children see “learning” as something they do because their teachers say they have to, the best thing you can give them for Christmas (aka winter break) is a taste of fun learning. Keep notes on what you learn, and you’ll be ready when the long summer break rolls around.    Here’s a Top Ten list of ways kids can continue … [Read more...] about EVERYDAY OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING DURING SCHOOL BREAKS

MODELING LIFELONG LEARNING

MODELING LIFELONG LEARNING This time of year, your children may be counting the days to winter break. If their school uses the traditional academic model—hours at a time spent sitting, listening, reading, and writing—they’re likely getting particularly antsy.     Sad but true, the “sit still” method not only gets boring, it’s helped create the idea that kids are supposed to … [Read more...] about MODELING LIFELONG LEARNING

THE IMPORTANCE OF ALWAYS BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF

THE IMPORTANCE OF ALWAYS BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF “This above all: to thine own self be true,  And it must follow, as the night the day,  Thou canst not then be false to any man.”  –Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3    “Being true to yourself” is difficult for most people. Have you ever:  pretended to like a television show because your coworkers raved about it?  “stretched the truth” … [Read more...] about THE IMPORTANCE OF ALWAYS BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF

WHO IS IN YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE— AND WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

WHO IS IN YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE— AND WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT Steven Covey popularized the concept of a “Circle of Concern” (things we worry about) and a “Circle of Influence” (things we have some power over). Some people also recognize a “Circle of Control”—areas where we hold nearly all the power.    And many people fight their Circle of Concern, abdicate their Circle of Control, … [Read more...] about WHO IS IN YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE— AND WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT