Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teachers Needed

Strong teacher evaluations mean student success

You can not overvalue the role that a good teacher makes in the life of a student.

Time is where perspectives live and express themselves in a thousand little ways. Dreams yet born in the imagination of unique learners that seek guidance and self-empowerment from the world around them that they trust, love and seek pleasure from.

A good teacher is a maker of men and women. This is why makers are good teachers.

Our Society needs more makers!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Horsing Around

With so much focus easily diverted to technology and the ever changing face of our school systems, it's good to be reminded that we all benefit from being grounded.  The farm philosophy offers so many great grounding opportunities.  This week we started on what is for me a life long desire, to learn to ride horses.  Anyone can drive to a dude ranch and pay your $50 to ride a horse trail mounted on top of a lumbering horse, but we want to really learn how to ride horses.

We chose a horse farm not too farm from here on the recommendation of a friend who takes her girls, 11 and 8 to ride.  I tried a few times before to go get information but it seemed the gate was always closed when I chose to venture out.  Who would think to check their website! (hand to forehead)  In anycase, what a great find this place is.  Tucked back off the main road up and down rolling little hills back to the riding arena and stables which were simple and perfect for an intimate feeling.  The owner creates a welcome easy going pace around her and it is easy to feel at ease moments after you arrive.

What amazed me most was the pace of information that she was giving to my little 6 year old sponge.  From bridles to frogs to brushes and more that I can not remember, it was a learning experience from the very first second on.  Back into the stable of Peggy the mare, with all of the gear and grooming tools we needed, I was surprised again to find that Z would be brushing the mare and picking her feet...by himself.  He will be expected to ready his own horse for each lesson which includes saddling, bridling and grooming.  I was impressed!  To say the least.

With enthusiasm and confidence I did not expect, Z listened and learned and accomplished his tasks.  The horse was ready and he led her out to the arena for the ride.


Now for the ride....


Uh oh...looks like Peggy fell asleep.  Just kidding..we probably just caught her mid blink.
After some turns around the arena, learning how to go left then right, forward and stop, we were done for the first lesson.  Time to slide off the horse and take her back to the barn.


It was a great day and we are ready for the next lesson already!

5 Year Old Does Brand Research

You have less time than you think to make a brand impression:

Own Your Own Musical Education

Can you find the  Edushape instruments in this video?  True to sound instruments create a developmental learning opportunity for Dads.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tech Tinkering: Key To Kids IT Literacy

Tech tinkering key to kids' IT literacy, experts agree:

Hands-on tinkering must replace textbook teaching as the primary tool for inspiring kids to be the next generation of IT innovators...

Hackasaurus

Hive Learning Network

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Known Universe

Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

Zhenerbee Farms Ledger