This is a banner year for seed companies — guess why. I live in an apartment in NYC so no victory garden for me. But Let Grow’s content director, Stacy Tornio, has some real-world tips for anyone with a little bit of land and maybe some kids interested in being able to pick their […]
Kids 5 to 17 can enter our Let Grow Independence Challenge. The first week — this week — we have an essay contest (deadline: April 12). The week after that, a photo contest. And the final week it is — what else? — a video contest. We want to see what kids have started to […]
Now can be the time your kids become more independent. We have a free Independence Kits with ideas and a poster and such that you can download, over at Let Grow. Click here!
Kids and dirt. It’s a classic combo that has fallen out of favor, like peaches and cream. (Something I’ve never actually eaten — have you?) But when kids don’t get enough dirt and all its microbes into their system, the system is too clean for comfort. It needs a dose of dirt to boost the […]
Gary Karlson is a master teacher — so “master” that he is now an assistant principal. But last year, when he was still teaching third grade in a Title 1 school, he invited us to meet his incredibly sweet students who had done dozens of independence-building Let Grow Projects throughout the year — from teaching […]
Ironically, Childhood Anxiety Could Go Down In this New York Post op-ed I wrote with Let Grow co-founder Dr. Peter Gray, we say: SILVER LININGS are hard to come by, but maybe this could be one. With the cataclysmic coronavirus upon us, it is just the tiniest bit possible that, in terms of child development, something […]
Okay, it’s Sunday. Here are some funny tweets about “distance learning” and a typical COVID homeschool day. Yep — just click here. Hang in there! – L
Empty those junk drawers, take a step back, and probably close the door. Your kids will make something. Educators call it “loose parts play” and they have everything good to say about it. And were you going to use that broken pipe anyway? (Why do you even HAVE a pipe?) For some loose parts ideas click […]
As I write on Reason.com : The COVID-19 crisis has produced an interesting role reversal. Many people over the age of 50 are currently being hectored by their protective progeny to keep safe and practice social distancing—no more lunch with friends, or church, or cards, or even strolling the neighborhood. Wash all the clothes you went […]
“In the midst of the worry and disruption, is having kids prepare for a multiple choice test really the best use of time? Is it ever the best use of time?” Great question — great essay by teacher Trevor Muir, over at Let Grow. Click here to read it!