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The Importance of Public Speaking

The Importance of Public Speaking

Interviews, presentations, and special events like graduation are just a few of the situations where good public speaking can prove useful. To earn our diploma, all Clonlara high school students must complete a half-credit focused on this important skill. Whether a student is excited about…
Choosing a Homeschool Approach for Your Family

Choosing a Homeschool Approach for Your Family

When you are new to homeschooling, it can take a while to find your rhythm and discover what works best for your children and family. No two learners are alike, and even siblings have different needs, goals, and reasons to homeschool. Fortunately, there is a…
How to Think Like a Scientist

How to Think Like a Scientist

By Jennifer Withington, Off-Campus Program Advisor Do your kids wonder about the world around them? Are they curious about how things work? If so, they may be thinking like scientists! They don’t need lab coats or expensive equipment, though. All they need are their senses…
New Ways to Connect at Clonlara

New Ways to Connect at Clonlara

The past year has brought many changes to the ways children and adults connect and communicate. In-person classes, meetings, and travel have been set aside temporarily, and new modes of connection have become vital. At Clonlara School, we have developed a variety of ways for…
Resources for Learning at Home During COVID-19 School Closures

Resources for Learning at Home During COVID-19 School Closures

By Clonlara School As communities around the world attempt to understand and adjust to COVID-19, many families are wondering how to continue their children’s learning at home. Can parents and family members really teach their children, even if they are not experts in specific subject…
Tools for Getting Organized

Tools for Getting Organized

Photo by Jeff.lasovski/CC BY-SA By Melissa Lefevre, Online Program Teacher Clonlara School students have autonomy to learn however they learn best. This kind of freedom can be powerful for young learners, but it also requires them to develop efficient organizational skills early on. Because every…
10 Unique Homeschooling Resources

10 Unique Homeschooling Resources

By April Huard, Off-Campus Program Advisor Last month, for the first time ever, Clonlara School was represented at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, OH. Several thousand people attend this convention each year, and over 300 exhibitors fill the vendor hall. In between spreading the…
How to Help Students Take Charge of Their Learning

How to Help Students Take Charge of Their Learning

By Melissa Lefevre, Online Program Teacher Have you ever sat through a course—eyes glazed over as you are inundated with seemingly useless information—and thought, “how does this apply to me?” If you have, you are on to something. It is important to ask this question.…
Enjoying Poetry in the Younger Years

Enjoying Poetry in the Younger Years

“I’m a great believer in poetry out of the classroom, in public places, on subways, trains, on cocktail napkins. I’d rather have my poems on the subway than around the seminar table at an MFA program.” —Billy Collins (U.S. Poet Laureate) By April Huard, Off-Campus…
Top 5 Tips for Online Learners

Top 5 Tips for Online Learners

By Donna Iadipaolo, Online Program Teacher Many students succeed and reach new heights through online learning in part because of its flexibility, personalization, and content focus. The online learner decides when he or she needs to study, work through math problems, or write papers, along…