Category Archives: Education

  • Gettysburg [Homeschool book review]

    Gettysburg: The Graphic History of America’s Most Famous Battle and the Turning Point of The Civil War by Wayne Vansant My rating: 3 of 5 stars So far in our military history section, we’ve covered several comic books by Wayne Vansant that infuses a bit of fun into our history classes. Plus, when you work … Continue reading Gettysburg [Homeschool book review]

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  • Have Confidence With Your Homeschool

    A young mother approached our offices. She stood there with her wide-eyed 8-year-old whose angelic face was framed by frothy red curls. The mother hesitated until one of the educators beckoned her in with one hand while holding a basket of teaching supplies with the other. The mother stammered, “I want to teach my daughter … Continue reading Have Confidence With Your Homeschool

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  • Normandy [Homeschool Book Review]

    Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day, The Allied Invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe by Wayne Vansant My rating: 3 of 5 stars Once again we return to Vasant’s graphic novels to give a different element to studying history. So far we’ve also looked at his coverage of the Red Baron and The Bombing of Nazi Germany. Now, … Continue reading Normandy [Homeschool Book Review]

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  • occult, occult day, science, crystal ball

    November 18 is Occult Day!

    Editor’s note: This piece is part of the geek holiday collection, but also because even great minds like Newton believed in more occult-like things. Just because we live in a world that is more based in the real and tangible doesn’t mean we can’t give a nod to the curious hidden world. Occult Day might … Continue reading November 18 is Occult Day!

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  • Developing Complex Thinking in Your Homeschool

    Edie Weiner, a futurist, once said, “Complexity is the future.” In her TEDx talk, she talks about how our old worlds and new worlds are colliding. In the old world children grew up with minimal stimulus, but in the modern world children have toys in every room, feedback from everything they touch, and they even … Continue reading Developing Complex Thinking in Your Homeschool

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  • Southeastern Mediterranean Sea Currents and Geography

    The Mediterranean Sea is a delightful place to visit, but how much do you know about its geography? Ali Alarafat compiled this basic information to teach his fellow students at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Now, you can get the poster in the Insanitek store.

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  • Is Modern Technology Making You Sick?

    The average range of human hearing spans 20 to 20,000 Hz. This range is usually better in children than adults, and women are generally more sensitive to higher frequencies than are men. I am able to hear a high-pitch whine from televisions and various other electronic devices when they are on but do not have … Continue reading Is Modern Technology Making You Sick?

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  • Surprised? Student Loans May Hurt Your Mental Health

    The first study to examine the link between student loans and the mental health of young adults has been published, and the results are bleak. Lead Author Katrina Walsemann from the University of South Carolina and her colleagues looked at survey responses from 4,643 Americans born between 1980 and 1984 to analyze their mental health. As … Continue reading Surprised? Student Loans May Hurt Your Mental Health

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  • Giving science in the spirit of the holidays

    For years, I spent the holidays in a state of listlessness. Without a car, I’m unable to find a way home to visit my family for Christmas, and all of my friends went home to theirs. I found my sanity and solution to the listlessness in giving science at a local hospital children’s ward.

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  • Miniature images of the planets of the solar system are arranged across a length of toilet paper.

    That’s Why It’s Called “Space”: Teaching Abstract Concepts About Space, Size, and Time

    In the article “10 Scientific Ideas that Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing,” Annalee Newitz spotlights a few common scientific misconceptions. To halt the trend, learners need accurate information, in a way they can process it, at a time they’re most open to it. The middle school years are a perfect time to address abstract … Continue reading That’s Why It’s Called “Space”: Teaching Abstract Concepts About Space, Size, and Time

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