Month: January 2012

Learning to Read: How My Unnatural Reader Began Reading

– I have four children who have always been homeschooled. They learned to read in four very different ways, though there are some important similarities too (all four have me for a mother, after all). This is the second in a series of posts examining how each of my children learned to read. – Colter

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Month: January 2012

Month: January 2012

Tuesday Poesy: In the Sultan’s Garden

I found this pantoum form of poem to be just fascinating! Pay attention to the repetitions and think about if you could construct a poem like this one! In the Sultan’s Garden She oped the portal of the palace, She stole into the garden’s gloom; From every spotless snowy chalice The lilies breathed a sweet

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Month: January 2012

The Surprising Success of Finland’s Schools

Finland has had recent surprising successes in measures such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s PISA survey, which compares the fifteen-year-old students of various countries in reading, math, and science. For the past decade, Finland has ranked at or near the top, along with heavy hitters South Korea and Singapore, while the U.S.

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