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New Natural Playground at Talking Stick!

What was, a couple weeks ago, a dumping spot for brush, is now being transformed into a spot for the young people to play in. It’s already a magical spot.

Day Program: Coming Together

Day Program: Coming Together October 29, 2013 Each day at Talking Stick is unique. With the focus being on child and interest led learning, each day becomes a new adventure. We, as facilitators, may set up possible activities or introduce games, but the magic is really when the young people take their ideas and lead the way. This year has…

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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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Day Program: Joining Hands

Joining Hands Busy hands Moving hands All around Grooving hands Discovering hands Wandering hands Look here Pondering hands Inventing hands Creating hands Carry on Parading hands Skilled hands Strong-willed hands Days with Fulfilled hands!

Math Circle Blog: Navajo Code Talkers, Plato’s Cave, and Dots

Navajo Code Talkers, Plato’s Cave, and Dots Since the students have been creating their own codes in an attempt to solve our signaling problem, we began class 3 with a lively discussion of the history and cryptology of the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII.  Almost everything in this discussion was new to everyone, but V helped out by explaining what…

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Math Circle Blog: Plato, Codes, and Exploding Dots

Plato, Codes, and Exploding Dots “I must add how charming the science of arithmetic is and in how many ways it is a subtle and useful tool to achieve our purposes, if pursued in the spirit of a philosopher, and not of a shopkeeper!’” This was the last line of a dialogue my assistant R and I read at the…

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