From the Desk of Blake Boles
I get a newsletter from Blake Boles, one of the gurus of a new postmodern approach to education and particularly to college. If you don’t know about him and haven’t read his book on doing college your own way, you should. Blake Boles website. I particularly like #4 about their affinity for both high tech and low tech….
Hey everyone, here’s a list of common traits of “self-directed learners” (of all ages) I’ve observed. What do you think?Self-directed learners are…
1. People who seek a very wide diversity of experiences in life
2. Skeptical of common cultural values
3. Intolerant of boredom and bureaucracy
4. Fascinated by both high-tech (e.g. the internet) and low-tech (e.g. off-grid living) because each lets you blaze your own path
5. Entrepreneurial—they want to control their work and personal schedule
6. Self-confident, sometimes to the point of arrogance
7. Independent and self-reliant, sometimes to a fault (e.g. they won’t accept help from others)
8. Optimistic about the future, because they understand the human capacity to learn and adapt
Every year, Homeschool.com publishes the Top 100 Homeschool Educational Websites. These website are resources that are widely useful to homeschoolers. It’s said that one of the reasons that homeschool education can be superior to traditional schools is the ability to pick the best resources for your child. Homeschool.com help you find them. Here are four from their top five…
Science4Us.com – A complete science curriculum for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Over 350 interactive activities, printable worksheets and hands-on project ideas. Automated student reports track progress. New iPad app available for student use. This site charges $7.95/month for a homeschool primary science student. It builds literacy and math skills too. They have free elementary science activities.
Time4Writing – Time4Writing offers free writing resources, and 8 week writing courses for 2nd-12th Grade, taught online by certified teachers. Courses offer one-on-one instruction and personalized feedback in a student-paced environment. From the basics of grammar to courses on writing an essay for the SAT, Time4Writing is designed to help students master the art of writing at all levels. Courses are $99 each, and start daily.
Time4Learning – Thousands of families have already recommended Time4Learning because of its ease of use, quality of lessons and the can-do attitude it promotes toward learning. Time4Learning can open doors in a way that other methods can’t—by creating an interactive learning experience that engages kids, brings material to life and makes learning fun!