How My Education Changed My View of Education

Alternative education for worldschoolers

Many students thrive in a traditional school setting. Brick and mortar schooling where you sit at desks with 15-25 other students is a system that has been used for decades. (Sir Ken Robinson has a great description of the “industrial model” of education in his famous Ted talk.) However, this system is undeniably outdated and […]

Volunteering Opportunities for Students

volunteering opportunities for students

There are many reasons why middle schoolers and high schoolers may want to volunteer their time. Volunteering opportunities for students can provide real-world, hands-on work experience. A well-chosen program that connects with a student school plan—especially for homeschoolers and worldschoolers who have the freedom to craft their own curriculum—can extend learning in unique and powerful […]

What’s Cicero Like? Conversation with a Parent

Families contemplating the shift from traditional, brick and mortar school to homeschooling, worldschooling, or some variant thereof, face a lot of anxiety. The questions and concerns can feel overwhelming. Will my child thrive? Will she succeed? Will he stay on track? What about college? What about socialization? We sat down with a Cicero parent, Hope […]

The Science of Study Breaks

remote school student taking a study break

For a long time studies have reinforced the importance of taking breaks while studying. Study breaks have been scheduled in learning programs from preschool to college for decades. Many articles have been written about the positive effects of taking a break while studying, including increases in productivity and attentiveness, and a reduction in stress. Due […]

5 Homeschooling Tips and Tricks

homeschooling tips and tricks

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of our Cicero Voices, essays written by Cicero students reflecting on some aspect of their learning. Homeschooling is what you make it. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your personality. Personally, I love the freedom to design my own curriculum […]