Musings


Movement has health benefits for all!

posted May 4, 2017, 8:42 AM by LIFT Homeschool Schoolhouse   [ updated May 4, 2017, 8:49 AM ]

At LIFT, we have movement built into our day in order to allow proper development of the brain and vestibular system in growing children.  As adults, we also need to move around regularly!  This article addresses the benefits of fidgeting if you have a desk job or sit for long periods of time.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fidgeting-sitting-health-benefit_us_5602f931e4b00310edf9bf14

Micro-schools: New Idea or Blast From the Past?

posted Jul 18, 2016, 1:56 PM by LIFT Homeschool Schoolhouse

Have you ever heard the term Micro-school? This was new to me so I went exploring for information.  What I found is very interesting and I believe this is a valuable option for many families.   We are similar in that we are a "one-room schoolhouse", have comfortable seating, and encourage real learning to take place without the focus of standardized tests and curriculum.

In the past, homeschooling was the norm.  People would learn at home from parents or a tutor and through extensive reading.  I've seen statistics that show the illiteracy rate is higher now than before we had public schools.  I believe this is because education will never be a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, not matter how much money you pour into it and how many tests you come up with, you are still dealing with humanity and we aren't meant to sit at a desk all day!

Here is one person's take:
http://www.techinsider.io/micro-schools-altschool-2016-1?utm_content=bufferf25ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-ti


Why so many kids can't sit still in school today

posted Jul 27, 2014, 1:11 PM by LIFT Homeschool Schoolhouse   [ updated Jul 27, 2014, 1:14 PM ]

Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while they are in school.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/08/why-so-many-kids-cant-sit-still-in-school-today/

How do you "do"?

posted Jul 16, 2014, 7:41 PM by LIFT Homeschool Schoolhouse   [ updated Jul 16, 2014, 7:42 PM ]

"Tell me and I forget.
Show me and I remember.
Involve me and I understand."

Educationist Edgar Dale illustrated this with his research into what he called the "Cone of Experience."  He concluded that after two weeks, we remember only 10% of what we read and 20% of what we hear, but 90% of what we do. How do we "do" at LIFT Homeschool Schoolhouse? By hands-on participation, discovery, role play, dialogue, olders teaching youngers-- in short, "action learning." The more senses used in educational activities, the better the chance that students learn -- and remember.

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