Posts Tagged ‘ curriculum ’

Waiting for A Late Reader

Waiting for A Late Reader

Ten years ago this month, in the Nov-Dec, 2000 issue of Home Education Magazine we featured an article by Robin Ohlgren-Evans titled By Jove, I Think He’s Got It! in which she exults over her late-reading son Taylor’s victory over the written word: “I want to shout it to the world. I want to...
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Board Games and Math

Board Games and Math

Arithmetic, computation or mathematics … no matter what it’s called in school, the subject often adds up in a child’s mind as plain old boring. Kindergarten worksheets display clusters of objects for children to color and count. By third or fourth grade word problems sneak into the curriculum. I don’t know about you, but...
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The Truth About Necessary Knowledge

The Truth About Necessary Knowledge

Question: What do our children really need to learn. And by when? There it is. Blowing the doors off my little schoolhouse and nearly obliterating the entire structure. What do they need to learn, and by when? That is the question. No, my kid didn’t necessarily know Daniel Boone and westward expansion yet. But...
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Learning with Libraries

Learning with Libraries

Of all possible homeschooling resources – after, of course, such pipe-dream unobtainables as unlimited time and money – next-best is a library card. Kids vary certainly, but there’s no doubt, as Neil Postman said, that a magnificent education can be obtained solely through reading; and even for the reading-resistant, the library has a lot...
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Spontaneous Science

Spontaneous Science

The myths about science is that it takes lots of equipment and requires special knowledge to “teach”. Then there are those field trips that you have to prepare for… planned outings requiring lunch and money for admission to the museum, zoo, or whatever. Sometimes the obstacles seem insurmountable and science ends up being shoved...
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