As we’ve learned, learning from home in a blended, fully online, or homeschool setting can present its own challenges. The key is to overcome some of these challenges, which requires development of specific skills and characteristics. Time Management: This is one of the most important factors in experience success with learning at home. Having a good time management system can ...

This year almost 1 in 5 families are choosing Learn at Home programs. These programs range from fully online, partially online, blended, teacher-led homeschool, and traditional home school programs. The thread that connects these choices is the desire to want the best, safest, and most timely education for our children. But once the choice is made, how do you safeguard ...

Are you great at math but the problems are challenging because of the words?   Look for tricky words that refer to:  amounts (hardly, higher, last, least, less, longer, most, next, older, rarely, scarcely, younger)  logic (alike, almost, always, because, different from, exactly, if, never, not quite, opposite of, probably, same, since, unless, whether)        Rewrite the problem--Put the question first    This will allow ...

Accurate pronunciation is an important part of learning any language, and especially when you’re learning English. Speaking with the correct pronunciation can have a big impact on whether or not people understand what you are saying. The challenging thing about pronunciation is that it is a physical skill that needs to be practiced, in addition,  to learning the words. The way you ...

Middle and Upper Grade Learners  Research shows that game-based learning has the capacity to motivate students, activate knowledge, and enhance critical thinking capacities (McClarty et al, 2012). The use of games can encourage enjoyment and social interaction for English Language Learners (ELLs). These interactions can foster the development of conversational and academic language. Participating in games and solving puzzles, helps to motivate, build critical ...

In our academic courses, new vocabulary is coming at us all the time. It can be hard to keep up with all of the new words, and to sort through them in a meaningful way. In this article, you’ll learn how to keep an effective vocabulary journal that will help you to remember all of the new vocabulary you are ...

We learn another language most easily through meaningful participation in activities that we enjoy or are important for our daily lives (Pransky, 2008). The use of games can encourage enjoyment and social interaction for English Language Learners (ELLs). These interactions can foster the development of conversational and academic language. Participating in games and solving puzzles, helps to motivate, build critical ...

In the first article, we offered some suggestions for helping your child with getting organized and identifying a goal.  This time, we’ll offer ways to help deal with those difficult subjects. Start with the most difficult subject first. The most difficult assignment will require the most effort and energy so you should start with it first. Once the tough stuff ...

The more Visual the input becomes, the more likely it is to be recognized and recalled (Medina, 2014). Hear a piece of information and three days later you will remember only 10% of it. Add a picture and you will remember 85% of the information (Medina, 2014). Visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text. Visuals are one of the ...

Learning words when you first arrive in a new country can seem quite difficult. Below, you’ll find a couple suggestions for online picture dictionary websites where you can learn words visually and through audio. In our experience, we have found them to be the most helpful.  These dictionaries are theme based and excellent for beginners. You can even practice your ...