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Homeschool Mom, Are YOU Learning?

Sometimes we set out to write an article about one thing, and we end up saying something more important. Just like sometimes we try to teach our children something, and then we end up learning something ourselves. This came home to me a couple weeks in recent remarks Jonathan Lewis made about my article in the current issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. We must keep learning, fellow mommies. We are the tired mommies, the busy mommies, the educating mommies, the coffee-guzzling mommies. But we must also be the learning mommies. I needed this reminder: Hey, Parents, What Are You Learning? In the upcoming issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine, Lea Ann Garfias shares an article entitled “7 Surprising Lessons I Learned from Teaching My Children to Read.” It’s a good article, but my point here isn’t to give away all the lessons she learned. Instead, I’d like to point out the underlying truth behind her article: the importance of learning for us as parents! You see, Lea Ann was the one trying to be the teacher. She …

The Truth About Your Teens, Homeschooling, and Independent Learning

In the homeschool community, there is a lot of talk about independent learning. If a mother complains of being overwhelmed with teaching several children, someone suggests she try “independent learning.” When someone mentions teens, the words “independent learning” are not far behind. If one fears the high school years, the answer is “independent learning.” What exactly is independent learning? It sounds so good, like a promise of easy days and long life and happiness. Who wouldn’t want all that and more, if the price is right? What is independent learning? Independent learning means taking personal responsibility for learning and grades. Teens have four years to prepare for college and independent living. So it stands to reason they need a little practice ahead of time, right? High school years are the perfect time to start taking responsibility for one’s academics, too. Independent learning is about responsibility and accountability. But that may be difficult for Mom. It’s hard to stand back and let them fail when the stakes seem so high. What if he ruins his GPA? What if she …

On Learning Styles

The Dominant Abstract Random person believes there is more to life than cold hard facts or endless details. People are more important than things, and life is too short to get caught up in conflict or uncomfortable situations. They often find themselves the peacemakers, sometimes at their own expense. It is difficult for ARs to work in situations where there is unhappiness or disharmony. For many ARs, it seems as though they are constantly having to smooth over rough words said by someone else, or apologize for the actions of a thoughtless colleague or family member. Cynthia Ulrich Tobias The Way They Learn: How to Discover and Teach to Your Child’s Strengths  (p. 46)  

Think math is too hard for young students? Think again!

Too Young for Math?

Often a mom calls or writes me for advice on teaching math. Her child just doesn’t like it and dawdles; a son can’t remember the math facts he once knew; or the daughter suddenly is getting poor grades. Every time I ask the mother what other means besides paperwork she uses to evaluate her child’s understanding — and I usually get silence. That is a shame. Papers should hold little place in early math education (even later math education, especially if a child is struggling). Math education is about understanding and exploring God’s natural order of creation. That has little to do with paper and pencil.