Necessary Knowledge

When we first began, I did what most do. I sort of tried to recreate school at home. I went to the district’s website to see what the standards were for the year we were entering. What are they setting as the goals for math, language, social studies, etc.? Right away I hit a snag, as their social studies year had a focus on community helpers, what is a community, who does what and why. Well, our son already knew all of that as he had been fascinated with all things Police, Fire, Rescue, Construction and Department of Public Works since. . .well. . .since forever. At five-and-a-half years old, he was already best buddies with one of the local firefighters who spent every Wednesday afternoon with us in the garage bays opening every door on every truck and listing every piece of equipment in them.

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