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Teenagers!

There’s been a rare sighting of the elusive homeschooling teenager in their natural habitat! So many homeschooled youth choose the road more traveled: high school. Many cite fear of not being able to get into college with a homeschooling diploma that Mom created on Photoshop. Some are looking for academics that their parents simply cannot provide, some are seeking out…

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PARITY #5: Discovering Collaboration

(April 14, 2016)  The kids finally solved The Very Clever Prince problem.  My helper J and I put a list on the board entitles “What We Know.”  (We had never done this before.)  One student posited a conjecture which made someone else think of something.  That something made another student realize something else.  And so it went, as it has…

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Rube Goldberg Workshop – Week 1

This week we started out our Rube Goldberg Workshop with a game and introductions, including what each person likes to make. Asha gave a short history of Rube Goldberg, talked about how he went to school to be an engineer, but his passion was drawing cartoons, so he followed his heart and went to work for newspapers. We discussed the…

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Talking Stick Favorites: Games Worth Acquiring!

Labyrinth The board consists of shiftable cards that make up a scrambled maze in the beginning. The object of the game is for each player to collect as quickly as possible all seven treasures depicted on their individual treasure cards. The treasures are fun things like a ring, an ogre, and a princess. The strategy and visual thinking parts come…

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Maker Exploratorium: Reflecting and Planning For the New Year

Talking Stick Learning Center’s homeschool Maker Exploratorium had a wonderful end to 2014, filled with international intrigue, baking, collaborative games, and of course, art and making. We continue to enjoy our participation in the IEARN community (International Education and Resource Network). As part of their IEARN Global Food Challenge and in celebration of Thanksgiving week, we spent November 25th making…

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Maker Exploratorium Goes International

Do you know what the favorite breakfast food is for young people in Mojo, Spain?  Toast with olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, and meat. How about a  favorite lunch in Pakistan?  Beson ki roti (flat bread), Chappli Kabab (beef and spices), sweet rice, and  lassi (yogurt based drink).  Do you  know what they serve for lunch at the Syuejia Elementary School…

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Maker Exploratorium: Ideas, Inspiration, and Symbiotic Learning

Ideas, Inspiration, and Symbiotic Learning September 30 and October 7, 2014 In the Talking Stick Maker Exploratorium homeschool program, we are investigating what makes us tick. We are exploring our own learning styles, hearing about what works for others, and imagining ways to overcome potential obstacles to our project-based learning. I love the internet and am fascinated by how I…

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New Beginnings in the Maker Exploratorium

The first days of a new homeschool program at Talking Stick Learning Center are always filled with excitement and wonder. This year the Tuesday Maker Exploratorium is adding some new elements. “What maker projects will we be doing?” someone asks. “The answer to that,” I explained, “will be up to each of you.” I spent this past summer researching project-based…

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More Logic, More Factoring, and Sticking with Tough Problems

THE CRIMINALS OF THE WEEK (May 13, 2014) “It’s time talk about the criminals,” I announced to an exuberant group of kids who were not quite ready to settle into math circle.  The word criminals got their attention.  We tackled Smullyan’s Inspector Craig mystery puzzle #74.  I expected a huge struggle for 2 reasons: more clues to keep track of,…

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S.T.E.A.M. Maker: These Are A Few of Our Favorite Things

These are a Few of Our Favorite Things How does a S.T.E.A.M. Maker facilitator catch up on her homeschooling blogging? By making up crazy song lyrics that coincide to photo collages, of course!  I wrote a song parody because it is fun to try new things and I had never made one before (and may never again). I picked the song…

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