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Aloha! At this very moment Oliver and Rachel DeMille are keynoting the Hawaiian Homeschool Convention in Honoka’a on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

In honor of our new Hawaiian homeschool friends we’re reposting the content below, which includes a coupon code to purchase the e-book The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Homeschoolers for 99¢ See below for coupon code.

 

Diagnosis and Remedies: 8 Steps to Homeschool Bliss by Rachel DeMille

Compass-TJEd-meme Ever wondered why some families seem to do so well with homeschool? Why some kids just seem to take to stuff naturally, while yours are freaking you out?? Here are some questions to consider, to help set the environment and remove any needless obstacles:

1) EYES & EARS ON

Have you ruled out vision impairment or muscle imbalance that affects focus? Schedule an eye exam. Is hearing an issue? Find out. It’s worth it!

2) REDUCE TOXIC LOAD

Have you ruled out nutritional issues, like sensitivities that create problems with mood, behavior, attention, emotional equilibrium, sleep, etc.? Common triggers are sugars, additives, grains, dairy, processed foods, etc.

Obviously, all of us do better when we make healthy choices; but some kids (and adults) literally cannot function normally with these things, and more “extreme” care must be taken to remove allergens and triggers from their diet and environment.

If this is an issue in your home, it’s life-changing to make the special effort for these accommodations!

3) REDUCE DISTRACTIONS Fairytale-Simplicity copy

Have you removed distracting/addictive elements from your home and schedule? Common issues include too much: TV, video games, friend time, scheduled classes/clubs/lessons/sports, etc. For some kids, some families, some years – ANY amount of these can be too much.

Consider a 6-Month “No” to clear your time and take back your family learning life! (For help in owning your life and time, see Phases of Learning, Ingredient #7 and “Start the New Year Right“)

4) REDUCE CLUTTER

Is your home environment somehow disruptive to the learning and family relationships you idealize? Common issues include: too many toys, too much clutter, too many dishes/clothes/belongings that take too much time to care for or don’t have a good place where they are stored.

Consider a 6-Month Purge to take back your space, time and peace of mind! (For help on how to carry out a Purge, see Phases of Learning Ingredient #6 and “Start the New Year Right“)

5) LEAD OUT

Are you trying to copy “school at home?” It’s really easy to rely on the habits and experiences that are familiar to us, especially when we’re under stress or trying out new things. And yet, family learning is ideally a place for a different form to flourish. Invest in your own learning to lead out, by reading a classic book alone and/or with the family.

Do your homework by daily seeking inspiration in TJEd books and audios to help you stay focused and gain new insight on how it can look, feel and be in your home. (For pointers on how to take the lead in your Leadership Education home, see “Kindling, Carrot Sticks and Kidschool” and “TJEd and Riding a Bike“)

6) LET YOUR PLAN FIT YOU

Are you comparing your worst day with your concept of someone else’s best day? Are you trying to implement a vision that’s not compatible with your reality (new baby; caring for an elder; lots of little kids no big kids; health issues)?

Take stock of what matters most to you (Really matters. Not the things that nag you, or make you feel crumby, but the things that you actually are willing to go into the fire for!), and fashion a new ideal that you can actually succeed in. (For a nourishing and nurturing look at how to homeschool in a crisis, see “Chaos and Measuring Sticks; or, Gorillas and Cats. Whatever.”)

7) START FRESH

Have you and your family successfully reconnected and detoxed? As with Step 6, whether it’s a renovation in your school format, a new move, a new baby, an illness, a loss or a big change in any area of your life, reconnecting the family in Core Phase helps to synchronize your energy, re-define your ideals and help each individual thrive in their areas of needed focus.

This is sort of a healing time that brings back a more natural harmony in the home, and restores the child’s (and parents’!) natural love for life and learning. (For details and examples on how to detox and reset, see “6-Point Plan: Advice for Newbies”)

5-habits-cover 8) NEW HABITS

If you found these helpful, rest assured – these are just the beginning! Effective and happy homeschooling is absolutely within your reach. With all of the other stuff out of the way, you’re ready to cultivate new habits – 5 Habits, to be exact! These “secret” habits aren’t really secret – and as you cultivate them, your family and homeschool will thrive, your stress will diminish, and you’ll feel clarity and joy in your family education journey.

Download our e-book, The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Homeschoolers – normally $5.99, and available to our readers for just 99¢ when you check out with coupon code 5Habits-FIX at our Leadership Education Store. http://store.tjed.org/

 

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by Oliver DeMille

The Goal

next right thing Getting the simple things right can be really hard. But when you get them right, everything else thrives and flourishes—in almost every arena or endeavor.

That’s worth repeating. It can be difficult to get “the simple things” right.

This is true in relationships, nutrition, government, etc. And it’s definitely true in education. Or great parenting.

But however challenging it is, this is our goal. It’s the ideal:

To get the simple things right!

Parents who focus on this, even though most of us fall short over and over, usually see the best results. In contrast, isn’t it interesting that so many educational systems and programs that emphasize complex things end up mediocre?

Focus on the simple things. The things that really matter.

Specifically: Reading. Discussing. Learning. Thinking. Applying.

If your children learn how to learn—really, truly, deeply learn—you will have accomplished something great. If they also learn how to think—creatively, independently, deeply think—and effectively apply what they learn and think, you will have mastered education.

The Answer

think read 3 Think about those words: “You will have mastered education.” But nobody ever does this unless they focus on the simple things.

The opposite is also true. Show us a school where less than 90 percent of the students learn to passionately and consistently learn, think, and apply—and truly love learning and thinking so much that they keep doing these things long after they care about grades or assignments—and we’ll show you a failing school.

That’s a high bar, to be sure. But every home school can exceed it, simply by mastering the simple things.

  • Reading
  • Discussing
  • Learning
  • Thinking
  • Applying

The other skills (like writing, calculating, etc.) naturally follow in the course of doing these things well and consistently. But without these simple basics, great education seldom occurs.

Now for the fun part: How does a parent, any regular parent who wants to master learning and build a great home school, go about doing so? Most give up with the words “master” or “great.” What’s a parent to do?

Answer: Show Them.

It’s the oldest (and usually still the best) way of learning. Set the example. Just show them.

Remember: You, Not Them

F-YouNotThem-day When was the last time your kids saw you reading? For families who use TJEd, this is probably an easy answer.

When was the last time your kids saw you discussing what you’ve read? Again, if you use TJEd, they’ve probably watched you discuss what you read many times—often directly with them.

(By the way, if they don’t see you reading and discussing many times a week, that’s where you want to start. Very simple. Very powerful.)

Now it gets just a bit harder: When was the last time your kids saw you learning?

Think about it. How would they even know if you’re learning? Answer: you learn, and you tell them what you learned. And where you learned it, and what you were thinking about when the learning came to you. You share what you learn, day after day after day. There is no better method of teaching. None.

When was the last time your kids saw you thinking? They see you applying things you know all the time, but when did they last watch you struggle with important ideas and experience a “Eureka!” moment?

If that’s not something your kids see you doing a lot, they probably aren’t doing it either. Again, show them. #TJEdShelfie

These are the simple things. The short summary of this idea is “You, Not Them.” If you focus only on your kids’ education, you won’t show them what will give them a great education.

If you focus on your education—on truly reading, discussing, learning, thinking, and applying what you learn—you can show them how to find their own greatness. Along the way, you’ll find more of your greatness as well.

What books are you reading right now? Really thinking about, discussing, and learning from? Show your kids how you’re doing this. Week after week. Month after month. Year upon year.

As they watch you, they learn the most important educational lessons of all—what to do, and how to do it. There are no substitutes for these incredibly valuable (and simple to deliver) lessons.

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By Freeborn DeMille

The Class

freebs-bio This was a really fun three months! But it was exciting for a surprising reason. The Harvard Class I took online was so enjoyable.

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I’ve always enjoyed reading a lot, and doing other projects and assignments in home school. And I really loved acting in Shakespeare plays, and taking classes with our home school groups. But this was different.

I loved it. But I’m jumping to the end of the story. Here’s how it all began…

The Hungry Phase

It happened to me this year, just like this great event happens at some point in every young person’s life: This year I got hungry. It was the year that I turned sixteen, and being a teenage young man, I got hungry in more ways than one. Physically, I am now always ravenous. Mentally, I am no longer content being a little boy.

I am anxious to be given new privileges and pursue new opportunities. I am hungry for greater knowledge and understanding. I am beginning to see some of what our world is facing, and I am determined to be among the heroes who save it. I am making new mistakes, and learning new lessons everyday.

I recently explained to my mentor what my dreams are, and what impact I want to have in the world. I told him that I didn’t have any specifics figured out for sure, but I am very passionate about freedom, and I intend to make a positive difference by serving people.

We made a planned reading list, like we usually do, and outlined studies for several important subjects I want to learn about more deeply. Then he asked if I had ever taken an online course.

“Like what?” I asked. “I’ve researched a lot of things online and watched lots of educational YouTube videos…. But not really a full class.”

He had me look up courses on EdX, Coursera, Khan Academy, and others, and I found a lot of exciting options. We finally settled on an online Harvard class on American Government. I am so glad we did this!

What I Liked About the Harvard Class

  • The Content. Each video (two per week) covered an aspect of how our nation, and governments in general, function. The course was filled with principles of freedom, human nature, politics, power, and so much more. I loved the commentary.

I learned about many things I had never even considered. I learned new ideas about reasons our country was founded the way it was, and why it is headed in the direction we are today. True, I’ve already read a lot about this topic. But there is still so much more for me to learn.

Learning so much new information, some of which I thought I already understood, made me realize how much I don’t know.

  • Each lecture began with the professor on video at some location of consequence, like the Supreme Court, Boston Harbor, the White House, the Senate or House, the IRS headquarters, etc. He explained the significance of each location and what role that organization plays in American government or history.

He asked lots of questions that made us think. He used historical examples to illustrate his points, and visual aids such as pictures, graphs, and written quotes to better teach the material. At the end of each lecture he took a few minutes to summarize.

Though we couldn’t literally be in the classroom with him, the format of each lecture easily made up for it. The way the camera moved, the visual aids, and the questions made it feel interactive and engaging.

  • Post Scripts. Sometimes the lectures left certain questions unanswered, or certain ideas unexplored. The professor’s solution to this was to make a small 2-5 minute video at the end to address any extra topics. He also talked about personal experiences (my favorite part of the class). I often learned more from the postscript than from the entire lecture.
  • Online Group Discussions: There is so much we can learn, and just listening and gathering as much information is one of the best ways to do it. I have found, however, that the information in our head isn’t actually very helpful until we apply and share it. Knowledge gained is worth more once it has been shared.

The online forum allowed us to discuss our ideas with other members of the class. A lot of what I learned came from my thoughts as I pondered and shared my ideas in these discussions. I enjoyed reading the ideas of the other students. I could tell the other people taking this class cared very much about America (even many of those from other nations), freedom, and the different challenges the world is facing right now.

  • The Professor: Perhaps the part of this course that truly made it great more than anything else was the instructor, Thomas E. Patterson. I will forever remember his final postscript at the very end of the course. He took time to thank all the students for teaching him. He explained that it might seem strange for him to say this since the class was done largely through video lectures. But because of that very thing, he had to deeply consider what we might be thinking.

He had to ponder what questions we might have asked, what comments we might have made. He knew that if he were to make a mistake it would probably not be corrected, so his teaching skills were sharpened, and he covered certain details that he might have otherwise left out.

He especially thanked a few key individuals in American history that made all the difference. In this video he took us to the Old Granary Burial Ground. Buried there are Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere, among others. His words left me feeling deeply about America and freedom.

I didn’t always agree with his views or what he said, but by the end of the course I had come to respect him. He managed to inspire me to care about freedom even more than I already did. He is truly a great man, and a great teacher.

What I did not like about the course

  • The Readings: When I first started the class I was excited to do all the readings. I had high expectations for them after seeing other portions of the course. But I was disappointed. A few of the selections were really good (excerpts from the Federalist Papers, for example), but mostly they were redundant. Overall, everything found in the readings was covered more effectively in the lectures.
  • The Quizzes: After each lecture the course provided a small quiz. These were set up in a multiple-choice format. I didn’t like this because though I usually did well on the quizzes, I knew I could have made strong arguments for some, and often all, of the possible answers. The quiz format limited the true discovery of truth—and that’s not good for learning.
  • The Writing Assignments: I was thrilled to participate in the writing assignments, and was excited to get some constructive feedback. I was disappointed to find that the students were in charge of grading each other’s essays. (Many of them didn’t even bother to respond.) I would have much preferred for the professor, or some other advanced thinker, to grade my paper and make recommendations.

Fortunately, I took my paper to my personal mentor and he spent hours helping me with both the content of the paper and with my writing skills. (But I doubt most of the students in the Harvard course did it this way. Anyone who takes such online courses should get an in-person mentor to help them!)

Final Thought: Salience

Possibly the most valuable new thing I learned in the course is the importance of what the professor called “salience.” I didn’t know what the word meant, so luckily he explained it. “Salience” basically means being prominent, intense, and passionate—even as a minority or “less important” group.

When I mentioned salience to my personal mentor, he pointed out that “salience” as a word comes from the root word “sal,” which means salt. So salience is like salt in food. There is only a little bit of salt in a plate of pasta, for example, but it makes a huge difference to the flavor.

Another example: say Congress tries to pass a law and 90% of the nation supports it, but the 10% who don’t support the law care about it much, much more than the 90%. This passionate 10% is a lot more likely to act on their beliefs and to spread their influence.

Thus, there is a good chance the law won’t get passed, because of the major involvement and actions of the 10%.

This applies to those of us who love freedom. We don’t require everyone to be involved in order to make progress. We just need the true dedication and efforts of people who care enough to make a real difference. I am one of those people. I invite you to be one of them as well.

FreebsTurnsthePage Freeborn DeMille is the sixteen-year-old son of Oliver and Rachel DeMille. He is passionate about freedom, education and entrepreneurship. He has a black belt in Karate and enjoys reading, cooking, talking to girls, going to dances, and discussing ideas with his peers.

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by Rachel DeMille

TSwift_Kitchen_Helper-TJEd_Meme As mentioned in our previous post (on how to celebrate your kitchen as the heart and hub of a lot of great learning), there is a whole genre of literature that is worth exploring: literature-based cookbooks!

Understand, I love all kinds of cookbooks from the word go, so this isn’t a hard sell for me. I find them to be homey, personal, inspiring and encouraging, artistically fulfilling and just all-around nourishing to heart, mind and soul (oh – and the belly, too!).

That being said, it’s worth noting that there are scads of books specifically created to enhance and extend your family’s engagement with stories you already love – in a way that’s equally expanding as you consider the history, culture and other elements of the recipes. Lit-cooking is such a fabulous springboard for rabbit trails!

For example:

  • What is turkish delight? (Narnia)
  • What kind of tea did colonists drink after they “refused” the British tea? (Felicity, An American Girl)
  • Can Oyster Stew honestly be the best thing Laura ever tasted? (Little House series)
  • What is Deeper’n’Ever Pie? (Redwall)
  • Doesn’t Lamb Stew with Dried Plums served over Wild Rice sound amazing? (Hunger Games)

Learning about the availability of certain ingredients – because of farming, climate, the austerity of the time – due to poverty, war or natural disaster – opens one’s mind to thinking about the human experience. It invites us to be more conscious of our own abundance, our own choices. It urges us to be more adventurous in trying new things, and finding the pleasure in it that others do (even our fictional heroes) – when normally we might not give it a second thought.

So, in the spirit of inspiring rabbit trails and good eating, here is a starter list of literature-based cookbooks that have been reviewed as good-to-excellent*: littlehousecookbook

If you don’t see your favorite listed here, simply use the search window on Amazon or your internet browser and type in “[book title] cookbook”. Like: Betsy Tacy Cookbook, or Les Miserables cookbook.

Do watch reviews for cues on the things that will appeal to you – some cookbooks are pretty lame, depending on what you are looking for. But when you find a winner, it’s so worth the time spent!!

And just for good measure: I have to share with you this recipe that I’m going to make for dinner tonight. It looks so amazing!!!

Share your favorites in the comments below….

*Links to amazon provided for your convenience. Use the “Look Inside” feature and browse the reviews! Any purchase on amazon originating from these links may result in TJEd getting an affiliate benefit. Thanks so much for your support!

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TJEd is a sensation – and a revolution.

For two decades Oliver and Rachel DeMille have been urging families to apply the 7 Keys and the 4 Phases, and often the question has been posed:

But what does it look like in the end?

Does it really work?

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Come hear the Next-Gen DeMilles in an open panel discussion – with questions from the audience – discuss the principles, application and results of a Leadership Education home and lifestyle. Earnest, inspiring, funny, practical and relevant.

People from all over North America and beyond will be joining us. We’d love to see you there!

January 30, 2016, Ogden Utah. Click here for details >>

Use coupon code “TJED” to get $10 off your ticket! www.winterhomeschoolconference.com/

 

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Kitchen_sacred-TJEd_Meme So much of what happens in a great homeschool takes place in the kitchen.

Of course, you may already have your schoolroom, and/or a living room where everyone reads together, and various other places where learning takes place.

In our book The Phases of Learning we outlined a number of other TJEd appliances for every home, including the TJEd-style Bookshelf, the TJEd-style Closet, and so on.

But somehow we never made the kitchen a key part of that—or any other—book. We did outline 55 Ingredients for a great homeschool, but we didn’t focus on the important role a kitchen can play.

It’s time to change that oversight, right now.

Why the Kitchen? The Heat!

Harry Truman famously said:

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Often, when we invert such a declaration we can discover an equal and opposite truth. Let’s see if that works:

If you want to heat things up, get in the kitchen.

In our experience, this is absolutely true! The amazing “heat” in the TJEd Kitchen transfers energy in several powerful ways.

Convection

With convection, warmer air rises, while cooler air falls. In the TJEd sense of the heat, time spent in the kitchen together – preparing meals, washing dishes, things we do several times each day – can create memories, bonds and moments where the high-value experiences rise and the harder or lower-value things become less front-and-center in our relationships, experiences and learning. Great ideas rise. Great conversations rise. Great moments rise.

Conduction

With conduction in the TJEd Kitchen, the “Heat” is transferred from one to another. The love, interests, curiosity, humility, courage, gratitude and more of one person can be shared by direct contact in the kitchen.

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Radiation is the heat we feel emanating from a source. In the TJEd Kitchen, the parents in particular can emanate the “Heat”: a passion for learning, an interest in a variety of subjects and skills, a character that is pure and kind, etc. And everyone can have an opportunity to share their warmth in this way, being a source of “Heat” that others can be warmed by as the dynamic needs of the family ebb, flow and change.

In addition to these, consider also what the following statements might mean about your Kitchen interactions:

  • Heat is a catalyst.
  • Heat forges bonds.
  • Heat promotes movement on a deep level.
  • Heat tempers metal.
  • Heat releases impurities.

When the kitchen becomes a hub of activity (not just for cleaning or getting food onto plates) it can become a heartbeat in the home. It generates a “heat” that forges bonds, animates deeper thinking and sharing, and facilitates the transfer of ideas, values, experiences and vision.

How is this done?

Kitchen Magic

Kitchen_special-TJEd_meme Let’s be clear. Any great education intersects with the kitchen. A lot. If you don’t eat, you don’t learn. (Obviously.)

But the connection goes far deeper. The truth is, as important as reading and studying are to a quality education, there is something even more central. Something even more at the core of great learning.

This something is simple: Conversation. Dialogue. Discussion. And it makes a huge improvement in any home or educational setting: chatting, listening, and just plain talking about things.

The quality of your discussions with the children and youth you mentor has a direct, lasting, powerful influence on how much they learn, how much they like to learn, and how much they actually want to learn. Conversations and dialogues are a key part of any excellent education, and for homeschoolers this means that at least one (and preferably two) of the parents are actively engaged in ongoing discussions with every child and youth.

This may all sound obvious, but too often it falls by the wayside in the busy modern lives of most families. Parents who spark a lot of conversations with each child are going to see learning occur at a much higher level than those who don’t. Period.

And few places in the world, not to mention in your home, are as perfect for fun and educational conversations as the kitchen! This is a big deal. Yet it is so simple.

Talk!

Kitchen_Celine-TJEd_Meme For homeschoolers, especially parents who help their kids experience classics and mentors, washing dishes never needs to be just washing dishes. It can include an informal discussion about the latest book you’re reading. Or one the young person is reading. It’s amazing how fast dishes seem to get washed when the kitchen is filled with thoughts about Where the Red Fern Grows, Little Britches, or Pride and Prejudice.

Time will fly. And learning will increase. Time to prepare lunch, or cook dinner? Add in some Les Miserables music and talk about the themes it covers. Or play a fractions game while you cut up oranges or tomatoes. Laugh. Talk. Discuss.

Just talking about learning is incredibly powerful in such an informal setting. Ask your son what his top 3 interests are, and listen to his thoughts and feelings as he ponders and responds. Ask you daughter what her favorite books are, and you’re often in for a wonderful treat. Talking together is a lost art in the modern world of mobile phones, sound systems that take over your cars as you travel, and busy schedules.

Talk more in the kitchen and during meals.

If you can’t think of the perfect thing to discuss right off the bat, keep a list of books everyone in the family is reading right now posted on the fridge. Just glance at it and start talking about one of the books—meal after meal, day after day. Add another list of projects/topics each person is working on, and talk about one of them while preparing breakfast. Say, “Johnny, I was thinking about you last night, and…” Just start talking…

Make it fun. Do it over and over.

The kitchen is a fantastic TJEd schoolroom. Just don’t make it formal. Keep things fun, light, informal, and keep doing it. Or, if this feels big to you, just do it today. Try it at lunchtime and again at dinner. See how it goes. You’re going to like it.

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If you’re eating on the run today, pass out the tacos to everyone in the car and say, “Hey, I’ve been reading Farmer Boy, you know, from the Little House on the Prairie series, and I love how it discusses food. In fact, I noticed how in Little Britches and Laddie and a lot of kids’ books the topic often turns to food. Why do you think books do that?”

[On a side note: Some of your favorite books to read with your children have dedicated cookbooks! Check out our followup post here >>]

Or, think of whatever is on your mind from your readings and bring them up. In a series about one of Oliver’s favorite fictional characters, Milo Talon, author Louis L’Amour discusses how the parents always talked at Milo’s dinner table while he was growing up. They discussed all kinds of important things, from books and current events (gleaned from newspapers) to history and stories about various kinds of leaders, inventors and explorers from the past.

The children were encouraged to join in, and the discussions were an important way for the parents to inspire, teach, and motivate. The kitchen and dining room are great parts of a quality homeschool learning environment. All it takes is for the parents to look around and start discussing things.

Try it. It’s fun. And it will boost and bless the whole family.

As the old saying goes: “Time in the kitchen is a terrible thing to waste.” (Actually, this isn’t really an old proverb at all, but maybe it should be.)

Your kitchen can greatly improve your homeschool. And it takes less effort than just working silently and trying to convince your kids to finish their chores.

Seriously, have some fun by turning your kitchen into a great learning kitchen, a TJEd kitchen, a fun kitchen where family members do a lot more than necessary chores—and bond, learn, and connect a lot more than most families even imagine. “The kitchen? Really? Are you kidding?”

Not at all. It works. Give it a try. (Now, honestly, it doesn’t work every day, but it’s amazing how often our kitchen is full of happy, working adults, youth and children talking in depth about the latest book or interesting idea.)

Lead out. Set the tone, get it started, and the results will make a truly positive difference in your home.

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With all that being said about the almost-intangibles of relationships, attitudes, and honest-to-goodness connection with the joys of learning, there are also some really practical academics that are naturally taught in the kitchen; some would say they are taught best in the kitchen!

  • Chemistry
    • What makes a good recipe work? How does leaving certain things out change it? Why?
    • How do the bubbles form in bread?
    • What makes water boil?
    • Why doesn’t oil boil?
    • How can you fix a recipe with too much salt?
    • Why do apples turn brown, and carrots not?
    • What happens in the pan when veggies start to get translucent and caramelize?
  • Biology
    • Why does salt make sweet things taste better?
    • How do taste buds work?
    • How do you smell the “done-ness” of something?
    • What are all those things in the chicken thigh we’re cutting?
    • Why is it safer to eat uncooked this than uncooked that?
    • How long does this stay fresh, and at what temperature? Why?
    • What changes in a fruit that ripens on the counter? Why don’t all fruit ripen after they’re picked?
  • Math
    • The dozens in eggs
    • The fractions in measuring cups
    • The multiples in cooking for many
    • The divisions in modifying a recipe when one ingredient is scarce
    • Working the timer
    • Working the clock
    • Learning about temperature and degrees
    • Planning, organizing, and multi-tasking meal preparation and cleanup
  • Language Arts
    • Reading a recipe
    • Creating a shopping list
    • Making place cards
    • Preparing a menu
    • Inviting people to a party
    • Greeting cards and thank you notes that accompany treats you share
    • Learning the language of cooking
    • Foreign pronunciation and vocabulary
  • Geography and World Cultures
  • Experimentation
  • Artistic Expression
  • …and on, and on, and on

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Leadership Education is not for everyone. And it might not be for you. So be forewarned – there are several reasons why you shouldn’t do TJEd….

1)   The TJEd learning model is chaotic and unregimented.

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2)   TJEd is subversive and non-conformist.

  • TJEd harmonizes with the ideas and methodologies promoted by subversive and non-conformist educational philosophers such as Jean Piaget, Erik Eriksen, John Holt, Peter Gray, Maria Montessori, Shinichi Suzuki, Charlotte Mason, John Taylor Gatto and the like.

See for example, this graphic illustration from independent researchers whose conclusions agree with TJEd:

3)   TJEd is dismissive of credentialism.

  • TJEd gives high preference to teachers who distinguish themselves as caring and engaged mentors – who personalize their approach to each student and her needs at a given phase of development – over “profess-ors” whose educational achievements are stagnant and uninspiring, and whose interactions with their students tend to be systematic, rote and/or demanding without consideration for their effectiveness for the individual student.

4)   TJEd neglects popular or trending sources.

  • TJEd prefers classics, which it defines as works (ancient through contemporary works included, in any medium and genre) that are original, transformational and of enduring worth, and which yield new meaning and value with each exposure – over textbook-type books that digest, compartmentalize, define and/or dumb-down their subject matter according to “expert” retellings of information.

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5)   The children are odd. huff-kid-parabola

  • Children raised using principles of Leadership Education can tend to make adults uncomfortable due to their large vocabularies, their comfortable and casual references to Shakespeare and the like, and their tendency to be wide-read and animated about their learning.
  • They often have informed opinions on political, social and current events issues and can seem impertinent and precocious in conversations due to their contributions in discussions where children or youth normally don’t participate. Geo_solid-Gaulin
  • Younger TJEd children especially may tend to give strange answers to such questions as “What grade are you in?”, “Do you like your teacher?”, “What did you do in school today?”, etc.
  • TJEd children’s timeline is not uniform or standardized, and their depth in certain areas of interest tends to far exceed the norm.
  • Children raised with the principles of Leadership Education have an unfair advantage in science fairs, geography tournaments, spelling bees and technology challenges, and their college entrance exams, rates of retention and time to completion excel beyond the average for private, parochial and public school peers.
  • They are often equally comfortable with children, youth and adults at virtually any age, and tend to name their immediate family as their favorite friends, playmates, confidantes, etc.

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6)  TJEd expects learning to be creative, innovative, correlative, relevant and transformational.

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See, for example, these sample posts on subject matter learning:

7) TJEd expects too much from the parents.

  • TJEd is also known as “Leadership Education.” And the leader in LE is not *just* the kid that grows up in your home under these principles; it’s you! YOU lead out and show them the way. You get excited about education – not just theirs, but *yours*.
  • If TJEd is calling to you, we don’t recommend “winging” it. Don’t just copy a friend, or browse and guess. You’ll feel so much more confident and in control when you do your homework.
  • Our Homeschool Bundles, including the acclaimed 7 Keys Certification, are set up specifically to help you become a self-guided learner, design your ideal family education culture, become conversant in the language of the classics, and really *own* the principles of Leadership Education so you can be your own expert.
  • Or, check out this list of our available resources to find a fit for your specific needs >>
  • And don’t miss our January Promotions! >>

Sign up for our free newsletter today to request our select bonus downloads that will help you discover if TJEd is right for you!

 

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JANUARY DOORBUSTERS

This offer valid 1/29/16 – 1/31/16 at store.tjed.org!

New Year’s Inspiration Guide!

The following offers valid through 1/31/16:

All purchasers on our New Year’s Inspiration Guide will be entered to win a full year of the subscription of your choice!

 

Click on a title for offer details:

  1. Homeschooling for Dads Bundle $45 – just $18 with coupon DADSROCK-15

  2. Homeschool Bundles with New Years’ Extras!

  3. Homeschool Starter Pack (Get this $16 product bundle for $9 2015HO-STPK)

  4. Leadership Education Community Builder Bundles (build your community with these!)

  5. New Subscription Add-on Pricing! (including our newest award-winning subscription product, highly recommended for homeschooling parents!)

  6. How to Mentor 7-Week Course (name your price! Really!)

  7. The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom DEEP DISCOUNT!

  8. The Leadership Education Manifesto DEEP DISCOUNT!

  9. The Freedom Bundle DEEP DISCOUNT

 

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I. Homeschool Bundles with Holiday Extras!

BundleButton11-13 Are you ready to lead out in defining and achieving your homeschool ideals?

If TJEd is calling to you, we don’t recommend “winging” it. Don’t just copy a friend, or browse and guess. You’ll feel so much more confident and in control when you do your homework. Our Homeschool Bundles, including the acclaimed 7 Keys Certification, are set up specifically to help you become a self-guided learner, design your ideal family education culture, become conversant in the language of the classics, and really *own* the principles of Leadership Education so you can be your own expert. Check it out!

Now through 1/31/16, purchase any of our Homeschool Bundles at up to 80% off, and get the Homeschool Starter Pack (a $15.75 value) and the 7 Keys Certification (a $160 value) thrown in for free! [coupon code SIMPLEBONUS13]

Click a link for full bundle details (the coupon works on all of them!):

 

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learning-garden-meme II. Homeschool Starter Pack discounted for the holidays!

Prepare your heart, home and family for homeschool success!

When your garden isn’t doing well, you don’t immediately think that the plants are doing it all wrong and need fixing. You assume that they’ll thrive when you have the environment right! This introductory combo for new or transitioning homeschoolers can help you get the environment right so that a natural love for learning and educational excellence are blooming brilliantly in your home and family.

Includes:

Normally $15.75

RIGHT NOW: $9 (43% off) with coupon: 2015HO-STPK

OR! Get it free with one of our Homeschool Bundles (see above)

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IV. Leadership Education Community Builder Bundles thomasjeffersoneducationmedium-x10

Are you working to build a community of families who share your Leadership Education values? Do you want to gift, share or sell the staples of Leadership Education with others (without constantly having to try to get your own marked-up, dog-eared book returned)?

These 10-unit bundles are discounted for easy purchase, and are ideal for book clubs, co-ops, commonwealths, play groups, etc.

Normally priced at 20% off retail for a 10-pack.

During our New Year’s sale, get them for an additional 10% off with coupon: 15BLDR10

TJEdOnline_seal_Clr MIC-Archive-badge V. Subscription Promotional Pricing

During our New Year’s Promotion period (now through 1/31/16), get any  subscription for just $1 (first month) and $10 monthly thereafter! (And if you’re a loyal subscriber, take note! We have a new subscription product!)

Click here for details >>

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VI. How to Mentor Course

HTM-Badge This class is a practical, hands-on course on how to be a great mentor. Veteran mentors as well as new mentors–and everyone in between–will see their mentoring significantly improve by completing this exciting class taught by Oliver DeMille.

Ideal for those with youth, those who teach adults and/or youth, and those who are serious about their own scholar/depth education.
(click product image for course outline)

What does it cost? 3 options:

  • Regularly $259
  • also available in 6-week installment plan
  • For those with budgetary constraints: CHOOSE-YOUR-PRICE donation option – REALLY! We want you to take us up on it. We want you to pay what you can, and have nobody that needs this course pass on it for financial reasons.

Take me there >>

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VII. The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom DEEP DISCOUNT!

FOR: Grandparents, Dad, serious scholar, freedom-lover, mentor/coach,

196-Cover Get Oliver’s magnum opus, The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom at an unheard of discount! This beautiful book is perfect for New Year’s resolutions about freedom and education:

  • Rich, Hardcover Kivar 7 Binding
  • Custom Cover and Interior Design by Award-winning Artist Daniel Ruesch
  • Cover Art “Liberty Tree” Embossed with Gold and Black Foil
  • Silk Bookmark Ribbon
  • Custom Endsheets
  • Fully Indexed
  • Specially Designed Margins and Endpapers for Annotation
  • Approximately 360 pages

Normally $27.95

RIGHT NOW: $19.57 (30% off) with coupon: FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS

 

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VIII. The Leadership Education Manifesto DEEP DISCOUNT!

TJEd_Manifesto_Large Declare your purpose! This gorgeous, heavy-duty, 18″ x 24″ poster is perfect for hanging on your youth’s wall, or to get artfully framed to display in full view to declare to the world that your family is on a mission!

Full text:

AN EDUCATION TO MATCH OUR MISSION

A movement is sweeping across the world. Not of protestors raging in streets. But of families loving and learning in consecrated homes.

Of devoted mothers who look into their children’s eyes and see future leaders. Of valiant fathers who thirst for greatness. Of youth who feel a stirring in their souls to renounce conveyor-belt mediocrity.

They hear the call of mission to seek truth, build strong families and communities, spread freedom and prosperity, create beauty, heal society.

Their Allegiance is clear. They will not compromise their virtue. They will not rest while they see need.

They unplug from TV and tabloids to immerse themselves in the classics and engage with mentors. They learn because they are inspired, not required. Compelled to grapple with life’s most important questions. To earn a Leadership Education. To innovate solutions for humanity. To learn more, become more, so they can serve more.

We are this generation of leaders. We will rise to our potential with an education to match our mission. And we will be the change we wish to see in the world.

Normally: $19.95

RIGHT NOW: $13.97 (30% off) with coupon: FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS

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new-freedom-bundle IX. The Freedom Bundle DEEP DISCOUNT

This amazing deal can make a great gift for the freedom lovers in your life – with 5 paperbacks and 1 audio download included in the kit.

OR! Part it out to make gifts of the paperbacks for 5 others, and keep the audio for yourself! Either way, this combo was already priced at 10% off retail. With our FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS coupon, take an additional 30% off your price!

Bundle includes:

Paperback editions of:

MP3 download of:

Full retail, when purchased separately: $93.75; with bundle discount: $84.36

RIGHT NOW: $59.05 (30% off) with coupon: FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS

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Do you ever stress about your kids’ future? Do you ever stress that you’re not good enough for what they need?

What can you do about it?

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This morning I received a private message from an online friend, who I thought beautifully put in to words some of the worries and insecurities we all feel from time to time. Here is my response to her:

Educational Philosophy-1000px I feel you! Lots of moms (me included) get angsty about their kids potential, needs and opportunities.

There are a few things you need to keep foremost in your mind:

You have to trust that no deficit, no obstacle, no disappointment will stand in the way of your children becoming all they can and should be.

It’s not all up to us. Thank heaven!!

Show them what it looks like to be deliberate about life, to follow your joy and serve with commitment and a heart of compassion, to exceed your own limitations through effort and grace. Show them.

Remove any toxic, distracting, or addictive influences in their lives, and give them the raw materials and model to follow so that they can become life-long self educators. The greatest men and women always are.

Not every child comfortably fits into this mold. Some with special needs or traumas or health issues have a mission that’s not easy to put in a tidy phrase. But the same rules apply: You do you. They do them.

This is the only way. For real. We deceive ourselves when we trust in any other plan.

Fairytale-Simplicity copy Follow the links in the above post for ideas on how to find your groove! Here are some additional helps to find what’s yours to do:

Hey – while you’re here, check out our Cyber Monday Doorbusters (still good through midnight 12/1/15) and December Deals >>

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Leadership Education Holiday Gifting Guide

The following offers valid through 1/7/16:

All purchasers on our Holiday Gifting Guide will be entered to win a full year of the subscription of your choice!

Click on a title for offer details:

  1. Homeschool Bundles with Holiday Extras!

  2. Homeschool Starter Pack (Get this $16 product bundle for $9 2015HO-STPK)

  3. Leadership Education Community Builder Bundles (build your community with these!)

  4. New Subscription Add-on Pricing! (see our new subscription product!)

  5. How to Mentor 7-Week Course (name your price! Really!)

  6. The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom DEEP DISCOUNT!

  7. The Leadership Education Manifesto DEEP DISCOUNT!

  8. The Freedom Bundle DEEP DISCOUNT

 

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I. Homeschool Bundles with Holiday Extras!

BundleButton11-13 Are you ready to lead out in defining and achieving your homeschool ideals?

If TJEd is calling to you, we don’t recommend “winging” it. Don’t just copy a friend, or browse and guess. You’ll feel so much more confident and in control when you do your homework. Our Homeschool Bundles, including the acclaimed 7 Keys Certification, are set up specifically to help you become a self-guided learner, design your ideal family education culture, become conversant in the language of the classics, and really *own* the principles of Leadership Education so you can be your own expert. Check it out!

Now through 1/7/16, purchase any of our Homeschool Bundles at up to 80% off, and get the Homeschool Starter Pack (a $15.75 value) and the 7 Keys Certification (a $160 value) thrown in for free! [coupon code SIMPLEBONUS13]

Click a link for full bundle details (the coupon works on all of them!):

 

TJEdOnline_seal_Clr

learning-garden-meme II. Homeschool Starter Pack discounted for the holidays!

Prepare your heart, home and family for homeschool success!

When your garden isn’t doing well, you don’t immediately think that the plants are doing it all wrong and need fixing. You assume that they’ll thrive when you have the environment right! This introductory combo for new or transitioning homeschoolers can help you get the environment right so that a natural love for learning and educational excellence are blooming brilliantly in your home and family.

Includes:

Normally $15.75

RIGHT NOW: $9 (43% off) with coupon: 2015HO-STPK

OR! Get it free with one of our Homeschool Bundles (see above)

TJEdOnline_seal_Clr

III. Leadership Education Community Builder Bundles thomasjeffersoneducationmedium-x10

Are you working to build a community of families who share your Leadership Education values? Do you want to gift, share or sell the staples of Leadership Education with others (without constantly having to try to get your own marked-up, dog-eared book returned)?

These 10-unit bundles are discounted for easy purchase, and are ideal for book clubs, co-ops, commonwealths, play groups, etc.

Normally priced at 20% off retail for a 10-pack.

During our holiday sale, get them for an additional 10% off with coupon: 15BLDR10

TJEdOnline_seal_Clr MIC-Archive-badge IV. Subscription Add-on Pricing

During our Holiday Promotion period (now through 1/7/16), add on any new subscription for just $1 (first month) and $10 monthly thereafter! (And if you’re a loyal subscriber, take note! We have a new subscription product!)

Click here for details >>

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V. How to Mentor Course

HTM-Badge This class is a practical, hands-on course on how to be a great mentor. Veteran mentors as well as new mentors–and everyone in between–will see their mentoring significantly improve by completing this exciting class taught by Oliver DeMille.

Ideal for those with youth, those who teach adults and/or youth, and those who are serious about their own scholar/depth education.
(click product image for course outline)

What does it cost? 3 options:

  • Regularly $259
  • also available in 6-week installment plan
  • For those with budgetary constraints: CHOOSE-YOUR-PRICE donation option – REALLY! We want you to take us up on it. We want you to pay what you can, and have nobody that needs this course pass on it for financial reasons.

Take me there >>

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VI. The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom DEEP DISCOUNT!

FOR: Grandparents, Dad, serious scholar, freedom-lover, mentor/coach,

196-Cover Get Oliver’s magnum opus, The U.S. Constitution and the 196 Indispensable Principles of Freedom at an unheard of discount! This beautiful book is perfect for holiday gifting:

  • Rich, Hardcover Kivar 7 Binding
  • Custom Cover and Interior Design by Award-winning Artist Daniel Ruesch
  • Cover Art “Liberty Tree” Embossed with Gold and Black Foil
  • Silk Bookmark Ribbon
  • Custom Endsheets
  • Fully Indexed
  • Specially Designed Margins and Endpapers for Annotation
  • Approximately 360 pages

Normally $27.95

RIGHT NOW: $19.57 (30% off) with coupon: FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS

 

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VII. The Leadership Education Manifesto DEEP DISCOUNT!

TJEd_Manifesto_Large Declare your purpose! This gorgeous, heavy-duty, 18″ x 24″ poster is perfect for hanging on your youth’s wall, or to get artfully framed to display in full view to declare to the world that your family is on a mission!

Full text:

AN EDUCATION TO MATCH OUR MISSION

A movement is sweeping across the world. Not of protestors raging in streets. But of families loving and learning in consecrated homes.

Of devoted mothers who look into their children’s eyes and see future leaders. Of valiant fathers who thirst for greatness. Of youth who feel a stirring in their souls to renounce conveyor-belt mediocrity.

They hear the call of mission to seek truth, build strong families and communities, spread freedom and prosperity, create beauty, heal society.

Their Allegiance is clear. They will not compromise their virtue. They will not rest while they see need.

They unplug from TV and tabloids to immerse themselves in the classics and engage with mentors. They learn because they are inspired, not required. Compelled to grapple with life’s most important questions. To earn a Leadership Education. To innovate solutions for humanity. To learn more, become more, so they can serve more.

We are this generation of leaders. We will rise to our potential with an education to match our mission. And we will be the change we wish to see in the world.

Normally: $19.95

RIGHT NOW: $13.97 (30% off) with coupon: FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS

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new-freedom-bundle VIII. The Freedom Bundle DEEP DISCOUNT

This amazing deal can make a great gift for the freedom lovers in your life – with 5 paperbacks and 1 audio download included in the kit.

OR! Part it out to make gifts of the paperbacks for 5 others, and keep the audio for yourself! Either way, this combo was already priced at 10% off retail. With our FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS coupon, take an additional 30% off your price!

Bundle includes:

Paperback editions of:

MP3 download of:

Full retail, when purchased separately: $93.75; with bundle discount: $84.36

RIGHT NOW: $59.05 (30% off) with coupon: FREEDOM4THEHOLIDAYS

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