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Using this Site

Although Ethan attends a public school, I'm very interested in home schooling and other non-traditional approaches to education.  If you try to use this Web site as part of your home schooling, please write me at Webmaster@SaltTheSandbox.org and let me know how it goes.
  

Articles for Parents

This summer I published two articles for parents of kids who develop passionate interests.

A number of home-schooling parents contacted me about my article about kids' passion for collecting.  It's called "Aaron's Treasures: How to nurture your child's urge to collect (without letting it drive you nuts)," and it was published in the July, 2002, issue of Chicago Parent.  Here's an online  version of that article:
   < http://saltthesandbox.org/ChicagoParentArticle1.htm >

I also published an article in the September, 2002, issue of Chicago Parent is called,  "Islands of expertise: Why do children become such specialists? Here's a quote from the article:

"Islands of expertise" is a term coined by Kevin Crowley, Ph.D., an educational researcher at University of Pittsburgh who studies the ways that children and parents learn together in museums ( http://www.kevincrowley.com ). It refers to the areas of relatively deep and rich knowledge children develop when they are passionately interested in something like dinosaurs, Pokémon, rocks, turtles and other things. These islands emerge over weeks or months as children talk, read and learn about their passions....

Crowley emphasizes that children aren't alone on their islands. They build and inhabit them with their parents through the things they do together every day. Preschoolers especially need their parents' help; if nobody reads them dinosaur books, explains what they see in dinosaur videos, or answers their questions about dinosaurs, preschool children will be starved of the information they need to build their islands.

An online version of the article is here:
   < http://saltthesandbox.org/ChicagoParentArticle2.htm >

The Chicago Parent Web site is here:  < http://www.chicagoparent.com/ >.  
  

Permission to Make Copies

Although the materials on this Web site are copyrighted, I encourage you to make copies of things for educational -- and non-commercial -- use.  Specifically:

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If you decide to use any printable activities from this Web site, you have my permission to make enough copies for all your children, and for any larger home-school groups that you participate in (plus a few extras to account for spoilage!)
  

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You and your children have my permission to copy digital photos from this site for use in educational presentations.
  

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You and your children have my permission to use digital photos from this site in projects that are published on the Web, with the following conditions:  (1)  Credit the source of the photo somewhere on the Web page as "Eric D. Gyllenhaal, SaltTheSandbox.org," (2) if the Web site is going to be on the Internet for more than six months, please write me for explicit permission, (3) if the Web site is in any way a commercial venture (e.g., accepts advertising, or sponsored by a for-profit venture), please write be for explicit permission.

   

Kindergarten Web sites

I'm working on a page of links to Web sites for and about Kindergarten.  

  

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This page was created on August 26, 2000, and it was last updated on July 27, 2002.