Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is based on psychologist Angela Duckworth's research into the characteristics that make people successful. Ms. Duckworth followed adults, West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee champs, and students at elite universities. She found, in every case, that grit -- not intelligence or academic achievement -- was the most reliable predictor of success.
A must-read for any parent considering homeschooling high school.
Role models for a generation of homeschoolers, David and Micki Colfax are teachers turned ranchers who taught their four sons at home in the 1970s and '80s and schooled three of them into Harvard. The Colfaxes' philosophy is that every child is gifted. Parents don't need to be certified teachers to teach them (although it does ward off doubters). But, despite the contention of some homeschoolers, the Colfaxes do caution that teaching at home requires much time and money--and they don't advise it for single parents or most working women.
The beginning of the book covers the age ranges from birth up through age 3 to 5, that is, before children go to school. Holt talks about a certain type of important learning that takes place up until the time a child enrolls in school at which point the experience of schooling changes their personality.
How Children Learn is not a guide. It is simply a demonstration, through the journal of John Holt, that children are smart and know how to learn, from the moment they are born. He shows that by giving children the space and freedom they need to explore things that interest them, we allow them to develop thinking skills.
Most people agree that socialization is essential for the development of individuals so that they can effectively function within societies and for ensuring that society's cultural features will be carried onto the next generation. That being the case, peer socialization, especially in the teenage years, would be the worst socialization today, if we want our children to be responsible adults.
I ask you in what setting, other than school, will a person be exposed to long hours, days, months, and years with people of their same age? Only in school. So this socialization, at best, prepares a person to get along in school. At worst, it prepares him for drugs, sex, rebellion against parents, and fuzzy thinking. You don't receive training in responsibility from peers, only from adults. Therefore, the key to positive socialization is more time with parents and other uplifting adults.
From a homeschooling mom
One of my favorite books about home education. Since this book covers the early years of home education and concludes beyond college entrance, one is given the overall picture. The author will help you find the middle-of-the-road between unstructured and structured learning.
An excellent resource of articles that offer support and insights into common questions and issues related to homeschooling. These articles will not only answer questions, they should help new homeschoolers feel able and inspired to begin.
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The average father-at-home spends less than three minutes in daily eye-to-eye conversation with his teenagers. And boys from single-parent homes lack any positive daily contact with males. Consequently, most American teenage boys are not being mentored in positive male characteristics that bend the boys toward responsible adulthood. Too many males are being bent toward a lifestyle based on a fun index: if it isn't fun, the boys do not engage. Thus, when they become employed or assume the role of parent, the no fun component encourages abandonment of male leadership qualities.
Teaching Eagles To Soar provides more than 100 daily three-minute sessions designed to bend boys toward responsible adulthood.
Dads who are strapped for time or energy at the end of the work day can pick up Eagles and quickly cover an applicable lesson, carefully prepared to guide teenagers through questions or turbulent emotions associated with family, peers, employers, siblings, or neighbors.
Teaching Help is Kathryn Stout's monthly teaching tips column. Kathryn says, "I hope these tips will prove helpful. I plan to have a new column each month, so if there are specific topics you would like me to discuss, send your requests to my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org." You can Subscribe to have Teaching Help e-mailed to you each month. You can also have back issues sent to you via e-mail by selecting the "E-mail to yourself" option. The site is fully searchable, and there is much useful curricula and teaching information.
Subtitled: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 A complete resourcethe kind of information you'd find in the best 'how-to' homeschool manual. Whether you're struggling with teaching a particular subject or just looking for something new and different to spice up your experience, you'll find enough family-tested ideas here to keep you busy for years.
Although this article was aimed at parents with kids with learning disabilities who are in school, this article is full of good, practical advice for creating a space in your home condusive to learning and focusing, tips on motivational words and creating systems for your child to achieve and complete tasks, and it even has a nice description of how to create a mind map to organize information-a great alternative to linear outlining.
It is an overview of learner-driven
learning and is very positive. It is a general book not a memoir. There are chapters on math, science, reading and writing, and how to use the world around your children to foster these skills without "doing school".
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