The Talking Stick Blog

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How can you help children learn math?

It’s no secret that many kids say they hate math. Perhaps what they are saying is that they hate the way math is taught in the classroom. For many years now, Talking Stick Learning Center has offered a Math Circle to the local community as one of our supplementary programs. Our Math Circle has been recognized nationwide and continues to…

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Homeschooling, Because Science: Creativity is

Creativity is Messy A recent article in the New York Times, “It’s Not Mess, It’s Creativity” described experiments  that measured creativity differences between subjects in messy and tidy spaces. They found that test subjects in the messy room were inspired to be more creative, more likely to use divergent thinking and more attracted to novelty. The abstract concluded that participants in a…

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Homeschooling, Because Science: Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing The country that brought the world giant robots, giant moths, and little slices of raw fish on rice is now exporting another brilliant aspect of Japanese culture, Forest Bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku. There is no need to get bare or worry about public indecency charges. Forest Bathing is just the practice of being in nature, with as…

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Homeschooling in Philly: An Unofficial and Irreverent FAQ about Homeschooling

If you are new to homeschooling and worried about socialization, or tired of the giving the same answers to the same questions, here is something fresh.