Academics

MUSICAL THEATER

Posted by Donna Vail on January 11, 2017  /   Posted in Academics, Learn More

MUSICAL THEATER

Do your children love theater? Not all children will jump at being in theater right away because it can challenge their personality and character. The best way to introduce it is by going to a local children's theater production or try a part in your local homeschool cooperative. No need to push. Some children are extroverts who will love being on stage and are ready to try out for the leading part. Other children may be more introverted but okay with a supporting role, supporting cast or be on the stage set/sound/lighting team. No long lines to learn if that's not what your child wants or if he's too young. Most productions offer parts of all sizes for various ages.

The benefits, of participating in theater, are worth the time and effort. Theater builds great life skills of empathy and insight into other people’s inner lives, making those involved richer emotionally and more compassionate beings. Students of the arts gain confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, the ability to organize and prioritize, self-reliance as well as work well with a team, be poised, responsible, and skilled in leadership. Research and statistics show students in the arts consistently score higher on exams and are more likely to receive academic notice from schools,

Students of the arts gain confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, the ability to organize and prioritize, self-reliance as well as work well with a team, be poised, responsible, and skilled in leadership. Research and statistics show students in the arts consistently score higher on exams and are more likely to receive academic notice from schools, colleges, and competitions. Not only will students gain knowledge on subjects covered in the production, but also in who they are and what they can do.

I highly recommend you consider adding theater to your homeschool regimen. Look for opportunities within your local homeschool groups and community. If you're local to the DFW area in Texas we'd love to have you join us at the Living Wisdom Learning Center. Our Theater classes begin February 6th, 2017. For additional details please, click here.

WHAT I WISHED I HAD IN MY HOMESCHOOL

Posted by Donna Vail on December 16, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Donna Recommends, Learn More

WHAT I WISHED I HAD IN MY HOMESCHOOL

When I had a houseful of littles, homeschooling, and living on a farm; I wished for just one day to myself when I could rest, catch up on housework or pressing projects, read a book or simply enjoy just a little pause in all there was to do.

All through the years, we lived far away from family help and once you have four or more children, finding a babysitter gets real challenging. It was much different in those days, not as many options as we have today but we always had great communities for activities, events, and friendships, we just did what we had to, taking care of the everyday. Actually, I feel like homeschooling helped enrich our living and made it more doable, especially all the years my husband traveled and worked long hours.

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BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY TO A SMART START

Posted by Donna Vail on November 25, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Conscious Parenting, Learn More, Live More, Love More, Work Life Balance

BLACK FRIDAY - CYBER MONDAY SMART START SPECIAL!

It's that time of year again when we wrap up our Thanksgiving and start looking to the holidays then the New Year. I know you're going to be busy with the holidays coming up but while you're busy with that, thoughts will be flowing about getting a strong start back Read More

LOCAL CLASSES: LIVING WISDOM HOMESCHOOL CENTER

Posted by Donna Vail on August 20, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Donna Recommends, Learn More

Local Classes: Living Wisdom Homeschool Center

You're not meant to do it all or homeschool your children alone. Even when I began homeschooling in 1995, while it was still underground and socially unacceptable, there was a small group of homeschoolers I found to help me with my own homeschool. Fortunately, over the years, more resources and opportunities have come available. It's very important to be connected to others and received the guidance you need to provide the education you truly desire for your children.

Over the years through my own deep dive studies, taking specialized training, and receiving the guidance of mentors, I have a specific vision, beliefs, and method for educating a child as a whole. It honors the child in living his natural born life purpose as well as the family as a whole. Recently, I've had the great honor to meet the people who share like education and living philosophies, so we've connected to create something especially wonderful in the Dallas/Fort Worth area; Living Wisdom Homeschool Center.

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ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH FOR YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION?

Posted by Donna Vail on March 22, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Learn More

Are You Doing Enough for Your Child’s Education?

We are living in a world where we feel like we’re not enough and fearful our children won’t learn enough to be smart enough and successful enough. Gone are the days when we went to school, where you attended not only core classes but also classes on botany, ceramics and creative writing then, getting out in the afternoon to ride your bike all over creation with your friends. Now we can’t seem to pack enough into a child’s day with high demands in school, piles of homework and the multiple extra-curricular events, classes, and programs. Creativity, reflection, and thought have no time or space in this new way of education. Even the in-school art classes are high demand and deadline oriented putting great strains on creativity.

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR WINTER CLASSES

Posted by Donna Vail on January 10, 2016  /   Posted in Academics, Learn More

Sign Up Now for Donna's Winter Local Classes

This winter and spring I'm offering three classes locally. Morning session will be for children ages 6-12 and afternoon sessions will be for the teens. Registration is open until January 20th and classes begin on February 1st.

Geography Through Literature, History, Natural Science and Art 10:00a - 12 noon

This course is a beautiful Inspired Education approach to integrated subject learning. It’s all about the love of learning and seeing how everything relates and is tied together. Our focus will be on quality and love of learning. Click the link for full details.

 

zirve maceras ve baarsn kutlamakPersonal Leadership B for Teens 1:00p - 2:00p

This course dives into leadership through mindset and success practices. Students will be working on being the inventor of their life and responsible for the daily actions, attitudes and practices to see it through. Click the link for full details.

 

desk.Expository Writing for Teens 3:00p - 4:15p

In this class we’ll cover building skills in organization, sentence structures, narrative summaries, chronological narratives and descritpions. Plus one- and two- level outlining, thesaurus use and documentation. Students will learn how to write with skill by using imitation and analysis of great writers of the classics including composition exercises in history, science, biography and literature. Click the link for full details.

 

If you have questions, please contact me directly, donna@donnavailinternational.com.

I’m looking foward to working with you and your children!

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