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Let Your Child Be Your Teacher

Let Your Child Be Your Teacher

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor I played two characters: the “perfect” student, Mary Ingalls, and the “class clown,” Johnny Johnson. My daughter played Laura Ingalls, the schoolteacher. (Using a bit of revisionist history, we made Mary the younger sister for the purposes of our…
Solving the Case of the Boring Science Lesson

Solving the Case of the Boring Science Lesson

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Carol Caraccia, Off-Campus Program Advisor Who doesn’t love a good mystery? With the popularity of television crime shows today, forensic science can be a fun and different twist on traditional science subjects for students of all ages. It challenges creative reasoning and problem-solving skills,…
Bringing Learning to Life Through “Living Books”

Bringing Learning to Life Through “Living Books”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor I’m 49 years old. I don’t remember everything I learned in school, but what I remember most isn’t information I studied in textbooks or was exposed to via what my daughter describes as “consume-information-and-regurgitate-it” activities. Instead, everything I remember…
Who’s in Your Genes?

Who’s in Your Genes?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Carol Caraccia, Off-Campus Program Advisor Genealogy is becoming a popular and ever-growing hobby for many around the globe. Just look at the number of genealogy-related shows and commercials on television today. People are inquisitive as to their ancestral background, and now it is easier…
Tips for Avoiding the Mid-Year Slump

Tips for Avoiding the Mid-Year Slump

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Cassie Espich, Off-Campus Program Advisor Here in Michigan, the leaves are falling from the trees, the days are getting shorter, and the air is brisk. Autumn has arrived, which only means that winter is not too far away! December will be here in a…
Books BY and ABOUT Homeschoolers

Books BY and ABOUT Homeschoolers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor For students who are taking charge of their own education through homeschooling, distance learning, or alternative campus programs like ours, reading stories by and about others in the alternative education community can be both affirming and inspiring. The titles…
Myths of Being “Good at Math”

Myths of Being “Good at Math”

By Fruma Taub, Off-Campus Program Advisor, and Michael Weiss, University of Michigan Dept. of Mathematics and School of Education One of the unintended lessons we accidentally teach our children is that some people are good at math and others aren’t and never will be. This…
Learning About the U.S. Presidential Election

Learning About the U.S. Presidential Election

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Kevin Fitzgerald, Editor What exactly is the Electoral College? Why are there only two major political parties in the United States? And, can a kid make a difference in the political system? With the 2016 U.S. presidential election in the home stretch, we’ve put together…
Exploring Alternative Avenues to College

Exploring Alternative Avenues to College

By Shari Maser, Off-Campus Program Advisor It’s college admissions season. Students are writing essays and submitting applications, and parents are preparing to complete the FAFSA and other financial forms. But not all students and parents must follow the same path! There are many alternative avenues…
Reading Aloud for All Ages

Reading Aloud for All Ages

By Fruma Taub, Off-Campus Program Advisor  Everyone knows it’s important to read aloud to young children, but reading aloud is good for children (and adults!) of all ages. Whether your child is an avid reader, still learning, or hasn’t yet developed a love of reading,…