May 7, 2013
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Most parents love to see their children engaged in intellectual activities that interest them, whether it’s reading a historical novel, creating a web page, learning about the physics of space travel, or something else entirely. But some parents take this to a whole new level by forgoing traditional schooling and instead letting their children choose what they learn. This approach is often referred to as “unschooling.” What is unschooling? Unschooling is similar to home schooling in that children learn at home but, rather than being taught by their parents, they essentially teach themselves. There are no subjects, no set curriculum, and children set their own learning goals, which they pursue of their own accord.
April 30, 2013
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Much of our adolescence is devoted to discovering and establishing our individual identities. The process is difficult enough on its own, but when it involves siblings who are close in age, things can get even more complicated. At home, parents can monitor their children’s development and encourage or intervene as necessary. School, however, presents an added challenge to establishing a unique identity. For example, teachers of older siblings might have preconceived notions—whether overly positive or negative—about younger siblings. This can influence how other students view the younger child, and even create a sense of rivalry between the two siblings.