Search Results for: critical thinking skills

Importance of critical thinking skills in navigating social media

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

268 : Importance of critical thinking skills in navigating social media

Importance of Critical Thinking Skills in Navigating Social Media

Guest Stephanie Simoes  from Critikid.com talks about the Importance of Critical Thinking Skills in Navigating Social Media and how to teach our children these skills.

Key Points:

  • Critical thinking involves the ability to distinguish between logical and flawed reasoning, understanding logical fallacies, cognitive biases, symbolic logic, science literacy, and the limits of intuition.
  • Kids need these skills to have productive conversations on social media, identify pseudoscience and misinformation, and interpret the overwhelming amount of information online.
  • Stephanie offers courses like “Fallacy Detectors” for ages 8-12 and “Symbolic Logic for Teens” on her website critickid.com. She plans to release courses for younger kids (2-3 years) and up to 18 years old.
  • Parents can learn alongside their kids by following CriticKid’s resources or using websites like “Thinking is Power” and Julie Bogart’s Raising Critical Thinkers books. (Julie was the guest  on episode 155 of this podcast)
  • Practical tips include: saving real-life examples from social media to discuss with kids, scrolling through social media together and identifying fallacies, and thinking out loud about verifying information before sharing.

Resources Mentioned:

Where to find Stephanie  (@critikid)

Instagram

Facebook

Youtube

TikTok

 

———————————————————————————————-
Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group, especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology into your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills through Literature

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

In this episode of Soft Skills 101, we interview Adam Pruzan, teacher extraordinaire at True North Homeschool Acaedemy, who shares with us how to use literature to teach Critical Thinking Skills.In this episode of Soft Skills 101, we interview Adam Pruzan, teacher extraordinaire at True North Homeschool Acaedemy, who shares with us how to use literature to teach Critical Thinking Skills.

Proverbs 4:6-7 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

“Literature is the thought of thinking souls.” Thomas Carlyle

Classes taught by Adam Pruzan

World Religions, taught by Adam Pruzan

World History, taught by Adam Pruzan

Links to articles, podcasts, blogposts and places mentioned

Saint John’s College in NM

Founders Academy of Las Vegas

Sophecles

Plato

Clouds by Aristophanes

What is classical Christian Education 

Integration: The Benefits are Enormous blog post by Martin Detweiler, founder of Veritas Press.

Humor and Homeschooling

Wholesome Humor and Homeschooling

Active Listening Skills and Critical Thinking

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Today I am joined by Dr. David Nehring to talk about Active Listening Skills. This is a simple formula that will build Critical Thinking Skills.Today I am joined by Dr. David Nehring to talk about Active Listening Skills. This is a simple formula that will build Critical Thinking Skills, as it requires attention to detail, empathy and understanding feelings, as well as empathy and compassion.

As you sit with someone to really listen to them by using Active Listening Skills:

  1. Be aware of yourself
  2. Clarify the goal of the conversation in your own head:
    • Are you wanting to just hear the person?
    • Gain mutual understanding?
    • Negotiate shared action?
    • Understand how much pain the other person is in?

Given what I am feeling and wanting, can I set that aside long enough to hear the other person?

  1. Gauge what the other person is wanting
  2. Clarify to the other person that what you are doing right now is “just listening”
  3. Say back some of what the person is saying
    1. The words they are saying
    2. The emotions behind what they are saying
    3. If all is going well, ask about the meaning of what they are saying
    4. Offer your understanding of what is being said as a question.
  4. Continue listening stance until either they say they’ve feel heard or you are saturated and need to pause the conversations in order to absorb what they are saying. Ask for a break as needed but commit to re-engage later.
  5. Continue the above until the person feels listened to and understood.
  6. After thinking about what is said, ask to reverse roles when the other person is ready.

Both sides probably need to go back and forth a few times before everyone is sufficiently heard.

The Goal is for the other person to hear you hearing them, see you seeing them, experience you experiencing them.

Recommended Reading:

Crucial Conversations 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey 

Communication Challenges for Struggling Learners

5 Communication Strategies for Struggling Learners 

Celebrate Sukkot! ebook

Career Exploration Courses

As always we appreciate your listening, sharing and downloading this podcast!

Special Needs & Critical Thinking Skills

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

In this Podcast, we’ll continue our discussion of Critical Thinking Skills as I interview Amy Vickrey, Director of Special Needs Department at True North Homeschool Academy. We’ll be talking about how to help kids develop time and self-management techniques, talk about Meta-Cognition and so much more!In this Podcast, we’ll continue our discussion of Critical Thinking Skills as I interview Amy Vickrey, Director of Special Needs Department at True North Homeschool Academy. We’ll be talking about how to help kids develop time and self-management techniques, talk about Meta-Cognition and so much more!

Critical Thinking Skills are important for success, and might be of especial importance to those whose kids struggle with special needs, processing disorders, ADD or ADHD.

We’d love to hear your feed back, and of course, please listen, download, share and subscribe to this Podcast!

 

Live on-line courses, Academic Advising and Testing for Struggling Learners and Special Needs

TNHA Special Needs/ Struggling Learners Program

Informal Logic 

 

Websites

SPED Homeschool 

Diane Craft  

Articles, Book Reviews & Ted Talk

ADHA as a Difference in Cognition, Not a Disorder: Stephen Tonit  a TED Talk

Meta Cognition article explaining what it is

Career Readiness article and the importance of Critical Thinking Skills

Employability Skills article and the importance of Critical Thinking Skills

The Jr. High Brain article on developing brains and Critical Thinking Skills

Smart But Scattered Book Review

Dyslexia Outside the Box Book Review

Special Needs or Struggling Learner- What’s the Difference ? article explaining the difference between the Struggling Learner and the Special Needs Student

Tips for Creating Routines and Teaching Independence  help your kids learn to help themselves!

Creative Methods to Helping Special Needs Children Achieve their Goals Special Needs Kids can meet their goals!

Find more episodes from Soft Skills 101 Podcast here!

Study Skills For Homeschoolers

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Study Skills For Homeschoolers.

Study Skills For Homeschoolers

Study Skills For Homeschoolers

Some teens are born knowing how to study. However, most teens need to learn study skills. We often hear from homeschool graduates, especially those bound for college, that they need guidance in this area. We asked our 7Sister Marilyn to help explain study skills for homeschoolers.

About Marilyn Groop and Mt. Sophia

Marilyn is an editor of our 7SistersHomeschool textbooks, along with Sarah and Allison. Not only that, but she is also the principal of our local umbrella school, Mount Sophia Academy. This umbrella school has been serving homeschoolers for over twenty years. Hundreds of students have passed through those doors, with more than twenty-six graduating classes to date. It is truly amazing and feels us all with a sense of pride and joy. 

Mt. Sophia Academy serves as a homeschool diploma program, providing academic advising, transcript management, and diploma issuance for high school students. They offer classes for middle and high schoolers, ranging from average to advanced levels. Although they do not teach AP classes, some of their students have successfully taken and passed AP tests. With a diverse group of teachers and a busy schedule of classes on Mondays and Thursdays, a comprehensive education is the goal for the students attending.

Mt. Sophia Academy also offers outstanding academic advising to help students prepare for college and beyond, including guidance in extracurricular activities like sports and choir. They take pride in supporting parents and taking responsibility for the academic aspects of their homeschool high schoolers‘ education.

Here are the study skills for homeschool high schoolers

Marilyn teaches homeschool high schoolers these study skills.

The Importance of Effective Time Management

Time management is one of the most critical study skills for homeschoolers in order to achieve success through high school and beyond. But procrastination is the opposite of this, and quite the demolisher. It’s never a good strategy, especially when it comes to studying. When it comes to subjects like world languages, consistency is key.

Research has shown that cramming is not an effective method for retaining information. Instead of cramming for hours the night before, encourage your teens to spend fifteen minutes each day reviewing vocabulary or concepts. This practice helps information transfer to long-term memory more effectively.

By spreading out study sessions and engaging in regular review, students can improve their long-term memory and overall understanding of the material.

Doing the Work and Meeting Deadlines

Another crucial aspect of successful studying is actually doing the work. Completing assignments and meeting deadlines are fundamental skills that all high school students should develop. 

While there may be occasions when prioritizing certain tasks becomes necessary, encourage your teens to make time for their academic responsibilities. It’s essential for students to develop awareness and take responsibility for their academic responsibilities. Doing so will help them develop discipline and be better prepared for college and beyond.

Seeking Help and Asking Questions

Encourage your teens to seek help when needed. It is important to reach out to teachers for clarification or assistance when it is needed because waiting until the last minute or struggling silently can hinder progress. 

Students can build a rapport with their teachers and gain a better understanding of the material from asking questions, attending office hours, and actively engaging in class. This skill is invaluable in college as well, where seeking assistance becomes even more crucial.

Effective Note-Taking

Taking thorough and organized notes is another one of the essential study skills for homeschoolers. Marilyn’s daughter, for example, found that transcribing her class notes shortly after the lecture improved her understanding and retention of the material. 

Research suggests that handwriting notes can enhance memory and understanding, as it requires active engagement with the material and synthesis.  Encourage your teens to experiment with different note-taking methods and find what works best for them.

Test Preparation and Repetition

Preparing for tests requires consistent effort and repetition. Avoid last-minute cramming and instead review material regularly. Regular review and repetition are key. Repetition helps solidify concepts in long-term memory. 

For subjects that require memorization, consider creating quizzes or using online tools like Quizlet to reinforce learning. 

Teach your teens the importance of test corrections. By analyzing mistakes and understanding the correct answers, they can better prepare for cumulative exams.

Here are more study skills for test taking.

Study Skills For Homeschoolers

Developing effective study skills is crucial for homeschool high school students, particularly those planning to attend college. Mastering will equip your teen to excel academically. As homeschool educators, we have the opportunity to instill these study skills in our students, setting them up for success in their academic journeys and beyond.

These skills are not just about achieving good grades, they also foster discipline, critical thinking, and lifelong learning habits. Embrace the process of helping your teens develop these study skills, knowing that they will reap the rewards in their future endeavors.

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool & Humor for writing this blog post and to Seth Tillman for editing the podcast!

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO HSHSP VIA COMPUTER

  1. Follow this link to our Apple Podcasts page.
  2. OR take this IMPORTANT STEP: Under our Homeschool Highschool Podcast logo, click on View in “…your favorite podcast source”
  3. This will take you to Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast source and our own podcast page.
  4. Click SUBSCRIBE.
  5. Choose RATINGS AND REVIEW. (Please take a minute and do this. It helps others find us. Thanks!)
  6. Thanks!

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE VIA iPHONE

      1. Tap the purple Podcast icon on your phone
      2. Choose the search icon on the bottom-right of your screen
      3. In the search bar type: Homeschool Highschool Podcast
      4. Tap the Homeschool Highschool Podcast icon
      5. Choose *Subscribe*
      6. Please tap *Ratings and Review*

Special Replay: Rethinking College

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

But whether you and/or your student have a clear plan or not, CLEP-ing out of their gen-eds is always the wisest way to go. Rethinking College

Welcome to this episode of Life Skills 101! This week the topic of this podcast is Rethinking College.

With the rising cost of college, it’s important for parents to take time to evaluate with their students, the academic, financial and world view Return on their Investment (ROI) of college costs and debt. The average college graduate (does not include students who do not graduate but still have debt), takes 6 years, not 4 to graduate, with an average of over $35,000 in debt

A college degree is no longer necessary for a rewarding career or to ensure an upwardly mobile life-style. In fact, crippling college debt can make the American Dream an impossibility!

As parents, how do we guide and direct our young adults as they plan for the future?

In this episode, we explore ways that students can get a head start on college, by starting by taking CLEP or  Dual Enrollment courses, specifically targeting Gen Ed Courses.

General Education Requirements:

    • 6 credits of English.
    • 3-6 of Math
    • 3-9 of Science
    • 3-6 of Social Science
    • 3-6 of Diversity
    • You can get an associate’s or even a bachelor’s from the Big Three of the CLEP world. These are
      • Thomas Edison
      • Excelsior
      • Charter Oaks

It makes good sense for young adults to learn how to navigate the digital world. Starting an online business in high school can set them up for future success; setting up an online educational business is even better as the online education market is estimated to be an over $350 billion dollar market by 2025.

Students should consider what kind of lifestyle do they want to have as adults and work backwards from there. What kind of training, income and skills will they need to attain that? The future will demand that our young adults have Critical Thinking Skills, Adaptability and Flexibility and the ability to Collaborate.

Below are resources offered by True North to help families navigate the rapidly changing world of college.

Steal Like an Artist ~Critical Thinking

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Steal Like an Artist |True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring is joined by Art Instructor and Scientist BJ Pramann| #homeschoolpodcast #podcast #homeschool #education #homeschooling #homeschool #artist #strallikeanartisSteal Like an Artist

What does it mean to steal like an artist? Art Instructor and Scientist BJ Pramann join true North Homeschool Academy Director Lisa Nehring.  BJ earned a B.S. but has gone on to be a self-taught speed painter who travels with an International Ministry (hear more about that in this interview with BJ: Encouraging Creativity in Your Home  teaches art locally and at True North Homeschool Academy. She is also busy homeschooling her own kids.

It might be hard to fit art into your schedules, but let’s look at the amazing benefits of Art and how art supports and increases your students’ academic and intellectual abilities.

  1. Reinforcement of classes like Science and Philosophy, etc.
  2. Sketching is a mnemonic device that builds muscle memory.
  3. Artistic pursuits are a great way to “empty the mind,” like journaling.
  4. Helps people develop Critical Thinking and Executive Functioning Skills
  5. It can be a way for kids to express and regulate emotions
  6. Can be a way to manage ADD/ADHD

“The Universe is a scavenger hunt that reveals God’s love letter to us!” BJ Pramann

“Steal like an artist, but give credit where credit is due!” BJ Pramann

BJ Teaches Art 1 (emphasis on Animals), Art 2 (emphasis on Botanics), Form and Color (emphasis on Human Anatomy and Color Theory), Graphic Design, Video Editing, Earth and Space and Executive Functioning Skills.

Check out our live online classes, Advising, and testing at truenorthhomeschool.academy

True North Homeschool Academy is your trusted academic partner. Discover True North Homeschool Academy today! truenorthhomeschool. academy

The Importance of Developing Strong Communication and Leadership Skills in Children

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Episode #20 –  In today’s culture, it’s as important as ever to develop good communication and strong leadership skills in our children. The mission of the Institute for Cultural Communicators is to help ordinary students become extraordinary leaders. Special guest, Julie Rambo, herself a homeschooling mom, shares about ICC and how homeschoolers, too, can cultivate these skills as part of our home education program.

Special guest, Julie Rambo, was unable to read by the time she reached fifth grade, so her mom began homeschooling her back in the 90s. Now a mother herself, Julie home educates her four children, ages 16, 14, 11, and 9. Seven years ago, she and her family became a part of the Institute for Cultural Communicators, where they help run and participate in a weekly chapter meeting that provides irresistible mentoring for students and adults and teaches them the basics of communication. The mission of ICC is to help ordinary students become extraordinary leaders.

Julie Rambo shares about how Institute for Cultural Communicators help ordinary students become extraordinary leaders. A part of the Institute for Cultural Communicators is the Communicators Christ Conference. Since 1998, Communicators Christ has been serving students and adults through communication education, from sharing what they believe to collaborating with a team and beyond. CFC is an interactive learning space where students practice becoming influential with their voice in their communities. A three-day online conference- interactive, fun, and high energy. Julie says that it’s like “nothing that you’ve experienced because it’s run by young adults.” Julie also explains the Five Competencies, which are: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and cultural intelligence.

Tune in to find out how homeschoolers can get connected with the Institute for Cultural Communicators and attend the Communicators Christ Conference, in-person or online!

Julie Rambo is an artist, gardener, lover of Jesus, and homeschool graduate. Julie believes teens should be challenged to step out of their comfort zone. At 17, she became the director of a children’s ministry running 12-week Bible camps with teams from across the Eastern United States. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY to study Communication Design, with an emphasis in Illustration. Her dream is to create art that shares a story. Julie lives in South Carolina with her husband and their four children. As a Chapter Sponsor and Student Leader Liaison for Institute for Cultural Communicators, Julie wants to influence today’s culture by discipling the next Christian generation. Julie has been a successful leader – fundraising for her chapter, helping grow leaders and resources, and building influence in her community. 

Resources:

CFC 2022 (cfcicc.org)

Institute for Cultural Communicators (iccinc.org) Their free Readiness Assessment provides you with a custom report to determine how to start empowering your student. (click on Take Free Assessment).

5 Ways Being Ready to Speak Will Help Your Student This School Year

 

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone, tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast, and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

How to listen:

  1. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, or Stitcher
  2. Subscribe on your favorite podcast listening app
  3. Or listen right here (just scroll down)

 

Got questions, comments, or have show topic ideas? Contact Crystal via email at militaryhomeschoolpodcast@gmail.com or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

Please subscribe, follow, and share with all of your military homeschooling friends!

Non-tech skills students learn from coding

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Non-techSkills Students Learn From Coding

144: Non-tech skills students learn from coding

There are many non-tech skills students learn from coding. This means learning to program is useful even when students don’t decide to pursue a degree where programming is core to it. These are the skills i talk about in this episode:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Logic
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning
  • Perseverance
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity

Students will also learn humility.

Show sponsor FundaFunda offers the following programming classes:

Special offer for August 2021:

Share about this podcast on any of your social media accounts, or in online forums, Google groups etc OR leave a rating and review on the podcast player you use, then take a photo or screenshot and email it to meryl@fundafunda.com. Everyone who does that can select ANY $20 web-based unit study from sponsor FundaFunda Academy.

————————————————————————————————–
Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Non-techSkills Students Learn From Coding

Rethinking College

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

But whether you and/or your student have a clear plan or not, CLEP-ing out of their gen-eds is always the wisest way to go. Rethinking College

Welcome to this episode of Life Skills 101! This week the topic of this podcast is Rethinking College.

With the rising cost of college, it’s important for parents to take time to evaluate with their students, the academic, financial and world view Return on their Investment (ROI) of college costs and debt. The average college graduate (does not include students who do not graduate but still have debt), takes 6 years, not 4 to graduate, with an average of over $35,000 in debt

A college degree is no longer necessary for a rewarding career or to ensure an upwardly mobile life-style. In fact, crippling college debt can make the American Dream an impossibility!

As parents, how do we guide and direct our young adults as they plan for the future?

In this episode, we explore ways that students can get a head start on college, by starting by taking CLEP or  Dual Enrollment courses, specifically targeting Gen Ed Courses.

General Education Requirements:

    • 6 credits of English.
    • 3-6 of Math
    • 3-9 of Science
    • 3-6 of Social Science
    • 3-6 of Diversity
    • You can get an associates, or even a bachelors from the Big Three of the CLEP world. These are
      • Thomas Edison
      • Excelsior
      • Charter Oaks

It makes good sense for young adults to learn how to navigate the digital world. Starting an online business in high school can set them up for future success, setting up an online educational business is even better as the online education market is estimated to be between an over $350 billion dollar market by 2025.

Students should consider what kind of life-style do they want to have as adults and work backwards from there. What kind of training, income and skills will they need to attain that? The future will demand that our young adults have Critical Thinking Skills, Adaptability and Flexibility and the ability to Collaborate.

Below are resources offered by True North to help families navigate the rapidly changing world of college.

July subscriber planner freebie opt in