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Philosophy of Education

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As one of our content links says, curiosity begins at birth – and learning begins with curiosity. We're not quite ready yet to take on the training of preschoolers, except when they are relatives; but we are ready to talk about how you can teach your children thinking, questioning, and problem-solving skills as soon as they are old enough to verbalize their thoughts.

We're happy to step in and help shortly after that.

  • We can help you devise home-schooling programs for any subject matter at any level of knowledge.
  • We can teach you how to teach your children problem-solving skills, vocabulary, and critical reading, beginning at the first grade level.
  • We can begin teaching your children how to take standardized tests, thinking about the test structure separately from the content, to improve their scores on tests as early as third or fourth grade.
  • We can provide virtually endless links to content, to pique your child's interest in studying something – anything – in depth at a young age.
  • We can help you increase the complexity of vocabulary, analysis, and ability to integrate different facets of knowledge as your child advances from toddlerhood to college.

In each of these steps, we take a multifaceted approach to learning. We watch videos, sing songs, read books, play with safe science experiments in the kitchen, and watch more complex ones on YouTube. Our teaching method was inspired by the one used by Annie Sullivan, the famed "Miracle Worker" who taught Helen Keller to read, write, and speak.

helen keller

Annie Sullivan believed in formal lessons only when absolutely necessary, and that learning should follow organically from the student's interests. Thus I wander with my students from book to audio book to movie to YouTube clip to physical objects and back again, weaving every new concept not only into the story of itself, but into the story of how it relates to the world, to life, to the test we're studying for, and to the role this thing will play in the future.

When we learn about horses, we watch Secretariat win the Triple Crown; then we might move on to Eadweard Muybridge's photographs of how horses move. (Muybridge was the first person to answer definitively that when a horse gallops, all four of its legs are off the ground at one point.)

Eadweard Muybridge

From there we might return to the biology of how Secretariat was able to accomplish the unimaginable, and spark an inquiry into the size of the heart and lungs, the amount of oxygen carried, how that affects performance, and blood doping in Olympic athletes. Or we might wander into the genius of photography that allowed Muybridge to invent his ability to study motion faster than the eye could see. There's no end to what can be taught and what can be learned, so long as what is taught remains interesting. And that depends as much on the subject matter as it does on the method of teaching.

Along with teaching many of these subjects, we'll teach you how to do the teaching.

Our fee structure for teaching how to learn is fairly standard — $500 per subject or project, or, for ongoing support, $500 per quarter.

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