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posted ago by Witchstone *

I feel like we should create a post to compile tips for Pedes that have had to deal with their kids be freed from indoctrination camps/schools.

So I'll start. Please fellow homeschool parents, jump in.

  1. Do NOT try and recreate public school. PS is designed to teach en mass, typically a one size fits all approach. Why do that when you can customize each child's learning to their personal strengths, deficits, and desires. A kid who excels at reading should be pushed to read more challenging stuff. A kid struggling at math should have more time and resources dedicated to that.

  2. Get a guide. Seriously, unless you are a teacher, we often dont know what to teach and when. Guides are helpful in setting benchmarks and giving ideas on how to approach it. You are not beholden to them, so you can and should alter it to fit your kid. We started with a book called "The Well Trained Mind" by Susan Bauer.

  3. Teach more than just academics. Everything is educational. Teach them about your faith, running a household, maintenance of vehicles, rhetoric, home repair, anything that we hear others complain that schools don't do.

  4. Seize the little moments. Use everyday things to teach an academic lesson. Cooking uses math and also teaches task management. Dinner time discussions become etiquette and rhetoric lessons.

  5. The internet has loads of resources for homeschool. Sift through them to find worthwhile ones. Some are trash or leftist influenced so be mindful of it.

  6. Get them involved in a sport outside of the home. Its easy to focus on the mental and neglect the physical, dont.

  7. Keep them connected to peers outside the home somehow. Kill the excuse that homeschool kids arent socialized (read: corrupted or groomed) unless they are in PS. By keeping them in positive peer settings, you get all of the benefits and none of the downsides. Ex: Church youth groups, Trail Life or American Heritage Girls, sports leagues, hobby groups, homeschool groups.

  8. Do not feel like you need to spend 8 hours a day on lessons. A couple of quality hours of lessons at home beatsa full day of PS. The rest of the day can be filled with little natural learning moments.

That's what I have to start with. What else does everyone else got?

I feel like we should create a post to compile tips for Pedes that have had to deal with their kids be freed from indoctrination camps/schools. So I'll start. Please fellow homeschool parents, jump in. 1. Do NOT try and recreate public school. PS is designed to teach en mass, typically a one size fits all approach. Why do that when you can customize each child's learning to their personal strengths, deficits, and desires. A kid who excels at reading should be pushed to read more challenging stuff. A kid struggling at math should have more time and resources dedicated to that. 2. Get a guide. Seriously, unless you are a teacher, we often dont know what to teach and when. Guides are helpful in setting benchmarks and giving ideas on how to approach it. You are not beholden to them, so you can and should alter it to fit your kid. We started with a book called "The Well Trained Mind" by Susan Bauer. 3. Teach more than just academics. Everything is educational. Teach them about your faith, running a household, maintenance of vehicles, rhetoric, home repair, anything that we hear others complain that schools don't do. 4. Seize the little moments. Use everyday things to teach an academic lesson. Cooking uses math and also teaches task management. Dinner time discussions become etiquette and rhetoric lessons. 5. The internet has loads of resources for homeschool. Sift through them to find worthwhile ones. Some are trash or leftist influenced so be mindful of it. 6. Get them involved in a sport outside of the home. Its easy to focus on the mental and neglect the physical, dont. 7. Keep them connected to peers outside the home somehow. Kill the excuse that homeschool kids arent socialized (read: corrupted or groomed) unless they are in PS. By keeping them in positive peer settings, you get all of the benefits and none of the downsides. Ex: Church youth groups, Trail Life or American Heritage Girls, sports leagues, hobby groups, homeschool groups. 8. Do not feel like you need to spend 8 hours a day on lessons. A couple of quality hours of lessons at home beatsa full day of PS. The rest of the day can be filled with little natural learning moments. That's what I have to start with. What else does everyone else got?
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GenericInsult 95 points ago

Also, teach stuff that is actually worth learning like.... oh, I don't know... OUR CONSTITUTION, what it stands for, what rights it recognizes, the freedoms we have.

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Witchstone [S] 58 points ago

Yep! Civics, actual civics, is woefully undertaught. Also make sure to live by it too. Those are the best lessons.

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HungNavySeal300Kills 41 points ago

Also include financials like paying taxes, investments, loans, credit cards etc.

Too many people so heavily indebted.... My parents taught me that if I didn't earn money I couldn't spend money.

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Witchstone [S] 13 points ago

I'm not quite there yet, but good idea for the future.

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HungNavySeal300Kills 18 points ago

Try a little budget system. Make a little redeemable store. Kinda like tokens for good behavior and accomplishments. Cash them in for stuff you were hoping to give them at some point anyway.

That way you see what they really like and it gets that itch going to work for themselves and take their life improvement in their own dirty little paws.

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Witchstone [S] 10 points ago

I guess we do have a system like that sort of. We have a sticker chart to track academic progress that earns them small prizes to pick.

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thingaboutarsenal 9 points ago

In Florida, it's an entire year long course in 7th grade and kids have to pass a civics exam as a graduation requirement. I do agree that in the commie states, it is ignored.

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Breakfaststout 12 points ago

Educate on why Communism has and will always fail. We got to many brainwashed kids coming up these days.

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LugNuts 8 points ago

Don't forget pole dancing and vaping.

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GenericInsult 17 points ago

This isn't public schools in a Democrat shithole.

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jschmid4 6 points ago

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God_Family_MAGA 7 points ago

And the word of GOD!

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The_Peter 1 point ago

You are correct, but this is something that christian parents should have been doing before. Even if christian parents were sending their kids to a christian school, it's still their responsibility to teach their own children about God.

It really bothers me when the traditional conservatives bitterly complain about prayer or the Bible being removed from school, when that passing on of biblical righteousness falls on the parents not the schools. Having the Bible and prayer in the home make a far bigger impact on children than having them in school does.

But yes, maybe this will be a good opportunity for christian families to see what they can do to teach their children about knowing God.

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dc_swamp_dweller 4 points ago

Here's the US Annotated Constitution if you're looking for some deep reading.

https://www.govinfo.gov/collection/constitution-annotated

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ramennov 3 points ago

Consider reaching out to the Claremont Institute for resources or curriculum. Andrew Breitbart went there too.

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Taggart 2 points ago

Dr Art Robinson and the Robinson Curriculum is a worthy resource.

https://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/rc/homeschool-curriculum-excellence/

Get the GA Henry books. Excellent historical fiction with highly moral lessons. You would be surprised what can happen for the whole family if you turn off the tv and do nightly readings. Very fun engaging stories.

The books worth getting: “Writing road to reading”. This is for teaching your kids to really understand words, instead of just memorizing.

“Dumbing is down”. Good book for parents.

Also, “Weapons of Mass Instruction”.

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the_big_cheef 2 points ago

Ok that’s great and all but when is tranny storytime?

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Bombshellacking 71 points ago

My twin boys started kindergarten this past year and I can't be happier that they will not have to go back this year. Living in the liberal northeast, the school system focuses on one thing only-diversity. My boys have regressed since preschool. I am now teaching them 3 hours a day and we are mountain biking the rest. My kids are eating, sleeping and developing better now that they are out of public school.

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Jackhererer 27 points ago

That's awesome to hear. Keep it up.

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Witchstone [S] 17 points ago

Awesome!

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MAGA2020KEK 15 points ago

Mountain biking is like the nature show but interactive. It soothes the mind, body and soul. I’ve never finished a bike ride and thought that sucked. I am always energized and thinking about the next ride!

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Jxb-lgso 4 points ago

What part? None of that nonsense in my district in NH. But there are some nearby that do. They also have much lower rankings than our district.

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Bombshellacking 1 point ago

Suburb of Boston

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OlDirtyBarrister 45 points ago

Civics, American history, and for fuck sake - LOGICAL REASONING.

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Witchstone [S] 33 points ago

Classical rhetoric lessons really cover the logical reasoning. I feel it is purposefully under taught because it creates powerful thinkers instead of mindless consumers.

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IAbsolutelyDare 15 points ago

Miriam Joseph's classic work The Trivium is online for free. A pdf can be downloaded here. (Automatically downloads when you click on the link.)

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DarkRiver 8 points ago

Great!!

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Liberal_Tear_Addict 4 points ago

Nice.

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Witchstone [S] 6 points ago

Good resource we used as well!

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shipoutofdanger 6 points ago

logic puzzles and critical thinking were the most effective for me when I was a kid, under 10.

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Sage4wt 33 points ago

Having homeschooled, I offer this: use subjects your child is interested in to teach math concepts, & encourage further investigation of that subject by the child. Look at this time to understand how your child learns. This is extremely helpful & not difficult. It changed my understanding of learning modalities and how I introduced new concepts. I saw firsthand the ability for the mind to readily absorb at a higher level, resulting in a happier student: pride in their own accomplishments.

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PoohClimbsTrees 7 points ago

This is excellent advice that works.

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Witchstone [S] 5 points ago

Exactly! Those are the little moments I was talking about!

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Lykanthrocide 26 points ago

A kid who excels at reading should be pushed to read more challenging stuff.

I would like to chime in on this. If your child can't read well, give them the lessons, yes, but still teach them the value of a good story and other lessons by reading more difficult things to them. Use different voices, get animated, make it fun and interesting. Pause to ask them questions about what you read to make sure they understand and, more importantly, that they know how to read a text properly. Too much of the public education system is focused on eisegesis—imposing one's own views on a text—instead of exegesis—studying a text's language to determine what it has to say.

On that note, don't be afraid to read your kids stuff that's older than Dickens. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight makes for a great long-running bedtime story. Longfellow's translation of Dante's Divina Comedia is a wonderful example of poetry in translation and a colorful view of Heaven and Hell and a great intro to theology. Shakespeare can be super entertaining if his works are watched instead of read, or, better yet, read while watched.

And, of course, read them the Bible. It's the foundation of our ethical system and one of the major bases for Western civilization (and, more importantly, the word of God Himself). Along with that, give them a healthy dose of Homer. The Iliad and the Odyssey are excellent texts for kids to read with a guide to help them.

And please don't neglect language. Teach them languages they won't learn in school: Latin, Greek, Hebrew, German, French. All the languages of western academia. I can't stress this enough. If they can read multiple languages, they can learn anything.

Tl;dr: Give your kids actual classics, not just the 19th century pseudo-classics and 20th century smut peddled by public schools. Teach them languages and give them a hearty academic education.

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Isolated_Patriot 12 points ago

Too much of the public education system is focused on eisegesis—imposing one's own views on a text—instead of exegesis—studying a text's language to determine what it has to say.

And, of course, read them the Bible.

Just wondering how many Christian pedes have noticed the direct result of the first on the second. That's why they focus on eisegesis, how can you accidentally break the programming if you've been trained to apply the programming to everything? Even the Word.

It's how we have new age 'charlatanity.'

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The_Peter 2 points ago

I think the eisegesis is a direct result of our culture's solipsistic mentality where people always ask "what does this mean to me?" instead of "what does this mean whether or not I ever existed?". The implication of this mindset is that something can't possibly exist unless it's directly related to someone's personal experience. It's really self-focused and celebrated as a virtue in today's society.

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Witchstone [S] 7 points ago

My only regret is that I have but only one upvote to offer.

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Frog_Anne 7 points ago

Definitely watch Shakespeare plays! I've long been convinced that public schools deliberately tried to make kids dislike him. They grab a tragedy and make everyone read it aloud in class, half of them can barely pronounce it, have a sour attitude. Find a good resource with background info so you can understand references and jokes, then watch the play, as it was meant to be! The comedies are great fun, and later they can look for common phrases we use today that were created by Shakespeare, or collect Shakespearian insults.

Also second the recommendation to introduce them to older literature, as well as myths/fables/etc. They'll find, as they read some older literature, that the author assumes a certain level of knowledge and will use references to common Western canon. Just the other day, a book I was reading described someone as having a Laodicean attitude. I knew what it meant, because I grew up reading the Bible/church, but somehow it's always pleasing to see and understand those kind of references.

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ramennov 2 points ago *

Agreed about languages. Being exposed to foreign languages at an early age really helped me expand my thinking and memory skills.

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Mrs.Frostbite 25 points ago

I’m a Bauer fan too and we followed the trivium for many years. I always tell parents to write down goals and what you want to accomplish then find a philosophy of homeschooling which fits: classical, Charlotte Mason, “public”, unschooling and so on.

Then as to curriculum you can spend thousands to almost nothing.

Here’s something I shared a week ago with friends and family.

When we began homeschooling over 10 years ago (can't believe it's been more than a decade and one of our children is in college!) I began collecting many online resources to use. Currently, during these uncertain times, many parents find themselves at home with their children and I thought it may be beneficial to share all the free resources I saved in our homeschool journey.

My view is Reading, Writing and Math are all which is needed, and if one can do all three they will be prepared for higher education and ultimately a career. Therefore, the first few links are of complete curriculums which focus on the three R's. (It is quite inexpensive to give a child a quality education at home as most books used are free to download except math and upper level science texts.) The rest of the links are to supplement.

And so, I have listed resources for those of you who may want to go all in and completely start homeschooling (all free of course) and I have also provided many more links for the rest of you who just want to add some music, art or a bit of science and history and so on,

We live in an incredible age of knowledge and our children are blessed to be able to continue on with their studies no matter where they are located.

God bless you all.

Complete Homeschool Resources Welcome to An Old-Fashioned Education. http://oldfashionededucation.com/index.html

Classical Education Resources https://biblicalhomeschooling.org/classical/contents.html

Charlotte Mason http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/

More Charlotte Mason https://www.amblesideonline.org/New.shtml

All in one homeschooling https://allinonehomeschool.com/

Not Complete but has some curriculum written by a homeschool mom https://homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com/free-curriculum-using-only-the-links-on-this-blog/

Can't forget Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/

For Older Kids and Even Parents Access 2000 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide. https://www.edx.org/

Courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM. https://www.coursera.org/

Art History Resources http://arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html

Bible Memory work cards to print https://www.on-my-heart.com/index.php

Crafts http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

Bible Craft and Activities https://www.daniellesplace.com/

Preschool Activities and Crafts http://www.first-school.ws/

Geography Print Large Maps: World http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps.htm

Facts about the US https://www.ipl.org/div/stateknow/

US Outline Maps http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/usa.html

Quizzes and Games https://online.seterra.com/en

Handwriting Worksheet Creator https://www.handwritingworksheets.com/

History

US History The Pilgrims https://pilgrimhall.org/

Constitutional Studies https://nccs.net/

American History http://tah.eastconn.org/

250 Things and AP History Student should know https://quizlet.com/5350491/250-things-every-ap-student-should-know-about-us-history-flash-cards/

World History Sources – from ancient to now https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/ancient/asbook.asp

Math A great resource for K-Calculus (seriously my oldest loves this site) https://www.mathsisfun.com/

Complete Math Curriculum which we have used for the lower grades https://raysarithmetic.wordpress.com/rays-free-arithmetic/

Music Finding free classical music is easy. Choose a composer. Choose a work and Click. You are them transported to the web page where the mp3(s) can be found! https://www.classiccat.net/index.php

Music Appreciation Lesson Plan http://www.howtohomeschooltoday.com/curriculum/music_appreciation_lesson_plan/

Classical https://www.classicsforkids.com/

Notebooking https://productivehomeschooling.com/

Phonics Phonics on the Web http://phonics.kevinowens.org/

Phonics all in one reading problem http://www.progressivephonics.com/

https://www.starfall.com/h/

Preschool resources: http://ourpreschoolhomeschool.blogspot.com/

Science Open Source Planetarium http://stellarium.org/

Middle School Chemistry https://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/

Biology https://www.biologyjunction.com/

Bugs https://bugguide.net/node/view/15740

Build a Solar System https://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/

Timeline Nothing better than creating timelines for history and science and wrapping them around the family room walls: Clipart to decorate the timeline with events, people and places https://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=History https://etc.usf.edu/clipart/ https://www.abookintime.com/timelines.html#timelinefigures http://donnayoung.org/history/timeline-cw.htm

Typing Free Online Typing Course http://www.typing-lessons.org/ https://www.freetypinggame.net/Default.asp https://www.typing.com/

List of Books: arranged by levels Robinson Curriculum Book List https://homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com/books-for-reading/robinson-booklist/

1000's of books http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html

Book Finder is the most amazing site to find the best price for any book or textbook you may want https://www.bookfinder.com/

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 4 points ago

Holy resources list!! Great share!

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Mrs.Frostbite 0 points ago

You’re welcome. I am no expert and we have had many failures with some of our homeschooling adventure (currently a child is finding out what happens when you don’t complete the math assignments. Summer will be not as fun as it usually is!) but I do believe our children are getting a quality education.

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PoohClimbsTrees 19 points ago

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Was extremely helpful to me, especially with math I hadn't done in decades.

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 4 points ago

Khan Academy helped me tremendously while I was in college.

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rickscarf 19 points ago

Structure of the day is so important, we cleaned off our sliding glass door and used dry erase markers to make a fun Day of the Week calendar for our kiddo listing studies, activities, chores. We've having her write one letter/drawing a day to mail out to family members this week, for example

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Witchstone [S] 7 points ago

Holy crap, I'm going to steal this idea!

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Mathelm -6 points ago

Dear Grandma,
It appears I have caught the consumption.. cough cough
I am writing you this letter.
cough cough sneeze
In order to raise your spirits.

Hope all is well,
See you at your funeral in 2 weeks.

Love,
Billy

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Konsaki 16 points ago

As someone who was home-schooled, I completely agree with the OP's post, as that's the way my education was done.

Using that education style, I'm a successful small business owner who pulls in six figures.

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latinolizards4trump 7 points ago

That's encouraging, thank you.

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Pres_Trump 14 points ago

Homeschooled my three kids and I would add that Documentaries are a really good tool for History, Art, etc. You can develop some questions after watching them to see what they retained. Other than that, get them involved in sports so they can still be close to their peers.

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PaigeAshley 13 points ago *

LOVE THIS! I was home schooled by my mom and we both loved it!

I read tons of American history books and I HIGHLY recommend the TV series, Liberty's Kids, as a excellent accurate way to get kids and young teens interested in the revolutionary war.

The Dear America Diaries were some of my favorite books and they have I think a hundred of them.

My Name Is America diaries are for boys, also very good.

The original American Girl books are excellent, the newer ones have gotten way to woke for me.

Little House on the prairie, the Drover's Road collection, the boxcar children, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Bobbsy Twins, Anne of Green Gables. 👍 Also, there is a excellent Christian American history series for kids and early teens called The American Adventure series. There are 50 I think altogether, from Plymouth Rock to the end of WW2. Here's what they look like. https://www.thriftbooks.com/series/american-adventure/42555/

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Mathelm 3 points ago

Liberty Kids is great.
I still remember the tar and feather episode 17 years later.

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PaigeAshley 2 points ago

That was such a sad, but very poignant episode. Very well explained and written!

And yes, it's a great show! I still pull it out and watch a couple episodes now and then. 😁

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 2 points ago

My son is a history & war fanatic so will have to check out the My Name Is America books if I can get them anywhere to be sent to us.

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PaigeAshley 1 point ago

Awesome! I hope you can get them, I'm sure he would enjoy them very much!

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jgardner 13 points ago

We've been homeschooling K-12 and it works just fine.

  • You're not trying to recreate schools. Schools SUCK. No one lives like that.
  • Three keys for success: Being able to READ and understand, being able to WRITE and be understood, and being able to do logic (actual math, not new math.)
  • Go to the library every week or two, get a bushel or two of books, and have the kids tell you about them. Nonfiction, fiction, doesn't matter. Read, read, read. Any kid who has read a mountain of books is guaranteed to be a genius.
  • Give the kids a journal, just a cheap, bound college- or wide-ruled notebook. (Spiral bound is death.) Have them write each day in their journal. Read their journal with them. Teach them how to do handwriting (Spencerian method FTW), how to put together letters into words, words into sentences, punctuation, paragraphs. TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY WRITE WITH THEM. Ask questions, build on each other's experiences. It is said that experiments that aren't written down are just playing. Experiment that are written down is science!
  • Math education: I cannot emphasize enough that all of the US education system SUCKS when it comes to math. Do Singapore math for K-6. For high school and beyond, find a textbook, buy it, work through it together. Basic Mathematics is a great tool to get your kid ready for calculus. ANY calculus textbook will work, but I'm using the free Spivak. (If you need to learn with your kid, do it. It's not hard.)

For the rest of the time, who cares? Let the kids socialize, experiment, destroy your kitchen trying to make new recipes, clean the kitchen, do home improvements or repairs, make friends, play basketball in the middle of the day. Just get them off their phones (unless they are making videos or doing art or stuff) and kick them out of the house from time to time. Just let the kids LIVE LIFE the way it was meant to be lived -- one day at a time, enjoying each moment for what it is.

FINALLY, PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS. Oh my gosh -- how can I emphasize how important it is to get dads roughhousing with the kids, and moms playing cards with their kids or whatever it is you like to do, get your kids involved. Life is too short to be scared about the future. Just work, play, live together like God intended.

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 3 points ago

I wish libraries were still opened but they closed without notice so people werent even able to check out books to have on hand during this chaos.

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Witchstone [S] 7 points ago

We are a one income family and I do not make a lot more than most people. If you are willing to live a more simplified life, you can make it happen. My wife chose to stay home and do the bulk of academics and we live on one income.

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jgardner 6 points ago

This is a great question.

Money always comes down to priorities.

All of us, even on a moderate or low wage, make enough to support a family on our own. You have to survive without eating steak every week, and without Netflix, but at about $50k you should be able to provide for a family, at least in suburban Puget Sound area. Get away from the city, move to rural areas, and I know families are living at the poverty line but every need is met (and more so) without government subsidies. Obviously, you won't be able to afford living anywhere near Seattle if you're making $50k or less, but then again, for those wages you won't need to be working in Seattle. (Life lesson: TAKE INTO ACCOUNT the cost of living vs. your salary. A raise is not a raise if your cost of living goes up too!)

The problem ALL of us run into is we spend, spend, spend and never budget our money or our time. When you cut back, when you set priorities, you'll find that you don't need 2 income earners to make a family work. You just need priorities and a modicum of discipline. Start with a simple budget. Stick to it. Adapt as needed. I can't recommend Dave Ramsey enough. He is wise, wise, wise when it comes to money. STOP SPENDING. SAVE a little for emergencies, then PAY OFF THOSE DEBTS. Once you are debt free, life is on easy mode!

As for me, I worked my butt off in high school and college, earned a BS degree in Physics, and worked my butt off so that my wife could stay home with the kids. (I married in college.) I have 5 kids, teenagers now, and we NEVER lived a life as luxurious as people on welfare. (I volunteer through my church and I saw exactly how they spend my tax money, or rather, my grandkid's tax money.)

Today, I own a decent house, I have a really great income, and life is on easy mode. But when we first started home schooling, it wasn't that way at all. I was making something like $80k or so, but I was saving as much as I could, and I had just bought a house (which goes a LONG WAY to helping you accumulate assets) and we were still running in my second car that I used to deliver pizzas in college. That was about 2003. I drove that car for 10 years, we finally bought a cheap minivan when we couldn't live without it, and we drove that car into the ground.

We never spent more than a few hundred on a TV. We canceled cable all the way back in 2007 or so. I can't think of the last toy we bought our kids. Maybe they get one at Christmas, but birthday presents aren't a tradition in our home. My wife spends her allowance on things that help us make things work at home, I never spend my allowance (I'd rather buy index funds with my 401k), and we budget each month, and we keep just enough of an emergency buffer that we never worry about emergency expenses.

Now, there are HUGE benefits to having a stay-at-home wife. When I come home from work, I have a partner who is not beat down by the world. I can strategize with her. We can talk about big decisions, small decisions. We don't spend ANY money on child care! (Not that I would let some minimum wage earner even babysit my kids for one second!) And we have each other to rely on. someone once did a study of what stay-at-home moms did and came to the conclusion that buying their services would run in the $350k range/year. Think of that. I'm living the life of a very wealthy person, and all we had to give up was the $50k or whatever she'd make with her education.

As we got married in college, we had things "figured out" by the time I started to make more serious money. She was my rock, and I was hers, and we were always emotionally and physically stable, no matter who was sick or what was going on.

I can't recommend marriage enough, and I can't recommend SACRIFICING the things you do not need in your life for the things that actually matter.

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 4 points ago

I dont homeschool (but considering it now) but we are a one income family not making a ton of money. We just dont go on family trips like Disney (yuck anyway), cruises, etc. Our trips that we do are few and far in between and just to see family or a day trip no more than a couple hours. No credit cards, no buying what we can't afford in cash. Dave Ramsey changed our way over 15yrs ago.

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Sublimeldg311 12 points ago

Great post! Agreed.

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kicklucy 12 points ago

Our schools were not well prepared and sent home pretty weak packets of strictly review work...so I've been largely on my own. I've found that my younger son (6) enjoys learning on the computer. We don't have a hard and fast schedule...I just let him go as long as he feels like with the computer programs and it generally works out to a couple hours. I'm not obsessing about online art classes and virtual field trips and all that extra stuff...my own sanity is the most important thing I can offer my family.

Some FREE online learning resources we like:

MobyMax - Every subject (K-8) Zearn - Math (K-5), includes printables Khan Academy - All kinds of topics for kids and adults

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HungNavySeal300Kills 5 points ago

How about getting him a robotics set? They have all kinds.

An 'advanced' kit for his age would be Raspberry Pi kits. Check them out!

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kicklucy 4 points ago

We actually have a great Arduino kit that someone gave us but it's a learning curve for all of us...haha. So far haven't been successful with any of our builds, but we'll get there.

This one LOVES anything engineering related. Really smart kid.

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HungNavySeal300Kills 2 points ago

I'm buying a light board, you can check it out too. Teaches you how to draw from tracing. That takes care of art.

Some documentaries are pretty good fill ins for history at his age. But I still recommend little encyclopedias. I had one that covered every US president. Just memorizing the president's taught me US history and I was only 7 or 8. By the time I was in 2nd grade I was ready to ready every single junior biography the library had on every president. Thousands of pages in total.

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Witchstone [S] 3 points ago

I've thought about getting one for myself to create a Pi-Hole and stop internet ads forever.

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basedsahm 1 point ago

My husband did this. We never see any ads, anywhere. We're sooo disconnected from pop culture. It's great!!

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Witchstone [S] 4 points ago

Great! I would include some outdoor lessons if possible for biology and life science. Just used a pecan in my lawn to explain why squirrels store food, the plant growth cycle, and the state tree in one conversation.

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kicklucy 6 points ago

At Christmas I went a little over budget to get my boys a nice microscope. So glad I did now! Yesterday we were looking at a variety of objects, and that was fun. I told them that once it warms up a bit more we'll go get some pond water someplace and look at that. The microscope has an LCD screen, so it's really fun for all of us.

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Verrerogo 9 points ago

Great list.

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IAbsolutelyDare 8 points ago

Imagine if quarantine redpills people on the schools as well as the media? Two trillion would be a bargain!

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dandylionsummer 8 points ago

Ed Hirsch's Core Knowledge Curriculum is great as a template to see what a well rounded education looks like. And it's free pdf. You can download by subject or use the "What your Third (or Sixth or whatever Grade) Needs to Know" books. Use whatever resources suits your kid, but the books (cheap used) make a great guide. https://www.amazon.com/What-Your-Fourth-Grader-Needs/dp/0385337655 You can read the reviews to find out how other parents use these books. Very helpful for homeschool newbies. They have free pdf's at this site. https://www.coreknowledge.org/our-approach/core-knowledge-sequence/k-8-sequence/

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Tommy_Patriot 7 points ago

Relax and have fun. Watch documentaries, go fishing and hiking, read Calvin ahd Hobbes, play games, enjoy each other and being free from the State Nags that run your local school system.

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Kolob 6 points ago

Nearly every homeschooled kid of my children's generation learned to read and develop vocabulary from Calvin and Hobbes.

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Tommy_Patriot 2 points ago

I know mine sure did!

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dc_swamp_dweller 7 points ago *

I've been planning to homeschool my two-year-old with my wife so I've been working on a curriculum for a few years. I basically started with the following resources:

CDC Milestones https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

These are used as a sanity check to see if you children have developmental issues. In general, you should expect a child to reach the milestones somewhat before the target age, but they give you a good sense of what your child should be doing by what age, and a good list of things you can work on with your child.

Fairfax County Program of Studies https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-k-6

Fairfax County is one of our country's premier failing public school districts. If you navigate to each of the grade links you can find another link which will give you a list of objectives for each grade level. For instance, here's the page for sixth grade: https://insys.fcps.edu/PublicPOS/#/reportPanel/6/0

So when you have time you can see the standards by which the students are being measured. I've ripped out a lot of the more asinine standards, added lots of my own, and made notes about how I'll cover the objective when the time comes.

MIT Highlights for High School https://ocw-origin.odl.mit.edu/high-school/

I generally feel that a conscientious and hardworking middle-schooler can do what we consider first-year college work. I've basically started with these courses and added and removed what I thought was appropriate. There's some libby stuff in here for sure but also excellent resources.

Also, FWIW, The Art of Problem Solving is probably the best math education resource on the internet.

https://artofproblemsolving.com/

I use orgmode to organize my thoughts and JIRA and GSuite to do coordination. I've also written a bunch of pedagogical tools I've used for myself and which I plan to use with my child/children (mostly flashcard or trainer apps, that sort of thing).

I've skimmed "The Well Trained Mind" and I thought the author had exactly my mindset and some excellent recommendations but I need to give it a more thorough read this year and see what I can bring in.

I can talk about this plan all day but I feel like this post is already way too long. If any pedes want to make a more permanent page for homeschooling resources I'm all for it; we might get some use out of it before "eternal september" hits or the shills take over. And if anyone else wants to talk shop feel free to DM me.

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criticalMass 6 points ago

Mom is off from her job. So its she and the little one, who is almost 10.I suggest-bear with me- YOGA. They both do it every afternoon together and it helps the kid stay focused.

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Witchstone [S] 3 points ago

That's great to hear!

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DukeDicky 6 points ago *

Check the local YMCA for homeschool classes. We get discounts off of swimming/gymnastics/tumbling courses for our daughter and the homeschool classes are smaller which means more one on one interaction with coaches. There's a ton of online curriculum. Currently we're using Acellus, but have also used ABCMouse and PBSKids in the past. You can use these resources as supplemental or primary study programs. It's up to you. Try joining local homeschooling groups near you. I don't use Facebook, but my wife has found it to be a good resource to find groups in our area. This can be a great way to meet other homeschool parents, discover new resources, go on field trips, and meet new friends. You set the schedule. The biggest mistake parents make is feeling like they need a stringent and structured day. You don't. Leave the idea of perfection alone. If your child is already in public school sports, many schools will still allow a homeschool child to participate. Check with the school if this is something you're worried about. Have dinner together, read your Bible at night, enjoy and influence your children, create traditions, or just have fun with it. Kids are a blessing.

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Witchstone [S] 2 points ago

That's right! Depending on where you live, some schools have to offer extra curriculars to homeschool students too. Worth checking out.

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Chopblock 6 points ago *

Don’t panic. Research shows that ‘unschoolers’ (people who actively DON’T try to teach their kids ANYTHING) score on average only a single grade level away from public schooled kids. Public Schools present kids with less than 15 minutes a day of individual attention, and only about 45 mins of actual educational lecture. If you were doing homework with your kids, you were already doing most of the heavy lifting.

Keep detailed records.<— this is essential documentation to protect yourself from accusations of neglect.. Look up the school subject requirements for your state and label your blocks accordingly, keeping a daily log of subjects studied and progress made.

Use Multimedia. You can use tools like Google Earth, YouTube videos, and math/science explanation animated gifs to support your instruction in a way that few teachers are able to. Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y741QbT1YEo

READING, READING, READING. The single most important attribute that defines a child’s later likelihood of success is developing a love for reading. Read to them, make them read to each other aloud, read to themselves silently. Let them choose their own books; don’t try to censor. Comic books are ok. Picture books are ok, too, especially at first. Books on tape are good to help overcome initial resistance. Adventure books, Horse books, etc. Enforce an hour a day for silent reading - they don’t have to read but they can’t do anything else.

DON’T try to always be ‘right’.. Your goal is to teach them to explore, research, learn, and think. At first you will know more than them about everything. Give them every chance to become experts, avoid saying ‘I already know that’. Ask questions that make them think. Teach them to look for dissenting viewpoints, and show them that contradictions and viewpoint-dependent truths exist.

Go slow at first, and ramp up. Whatever you plan on doing, start it so easy that they have a couple of weeks where they ‘can’t fail’, where there is no ‘excuse’ or dependence on software, computer cables, more instruction, more pylons, etc. establish the habit of getting it done before you start making it challenging.

Keep to a schedule. Have an endpoint that is achievable. Work in 45. Min. Blocks or less. Add fun elements, and flexible breaks. Make rules and penalties you can stick to, and a FAIR system for waiving requirements/making exemptions.

Financial, LEGAL INFO, and other resources - http://www.quaqua.org

Best single ‘all-in-one’ software solution: https://www.ixl.com. Use as your base and supplement as desired. (No affiliation)

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trauncher 6 points ago

Both of my kids went through the K12.com iCademy. they received an education far superior to public school. My oldest is in the middle of her masters, and my youngest graduates with a BS this year.

I couldn't be more proud of them... and can say this about home schooling... you get out what you put in. My wife took time off of her career to be their full time teacher, and went through their entire K-12 education with each of them. (Truly remarkable woman. I'm sure I don't deserve her).

Don't listen to the idiots who say homeschooled kids aren't socially adjusted... thats a myth. My kids are lightyears beyond the rest never having had to defend their lives from some gang in the restroom, and never having been subjected to pressure to buy the right brand of clothes or listen to the popular music.. they live life on their own terms.. and are incredible. They have brought me more joy than I had any right to expect in this life.

Homeschool your kids. don't subject them to the putrid poison that public school forces into their delicate little brains...

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Alpha 5 points ago

Excellent post wish I could give you all my internet points.

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BlackHawkClown 5 points ago

KhanAcademy is a great resource for a free online education. They do a great job explaining a ton of different subjects

I haven’t noticed any bias on there either. Highly recommended

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Witchstone [S] 5 points ago

Forgot to add it, bit many community colleges offer credit classes for homeschool teens. Some are free even. Some even get you an associates degree or really close before they even hit 18. If your kid needs that for a future career, get a head start on it.

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AthenaWinslow 5 points ago *

When you're picking books to read, pick books written before the 60s and read together with little ones (or the big ones. You're never too old for read-aloud) They have better grammar, better word choices, better plot structure, better philosophy.

Treasure Island

Lord of the Rings

Winnie the Pooh

Wind in the Willows

Five Children and It

Tom Sawyer

Swiss Family Robinson

The Chronicles of Narnia

The classics are classics for a reason. If anyone needs recs for specific ages, let me know - I'm a homeschool mom and a private English/Literature tutor, so I have a ton of resources.

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Datasinc 5 points ago

Here's a very solid CHRISTIAN based homeschooling curriculum and community. Classical Conversations

Core beliefs: Bible: A Christ-centered worldview is the foundation through which all subjects must be viewed and eventually integrated.

Parents: Parents are a child’s first and most influential teacher.

Method: To recover the knowledge of how to teach and learn effectively and efficiently, using the “tools of learning” (i.e., the classical model).

Community: A healthy academic community provides accountability, structure, fellowship, and the ability to impact culture.

Mentors: An experienced, inspirational homeschooling mentor, who facilitates a weekly community gathering and models learning, offers exponential rewards in the “learning-life” of the parent and student.

Students: All students can learn to “train their brains to retain,” use information logically, and communicate well.

Skills: There aren’t any difficult subjects, just poor learning skills.

Curriculum: Classical Conversations provides visionary, skeletal curriculum guides and syllabi, allowing parents to continue to direct and own the details that best suit their personal priorities and student dynamics.

Model: By nature, a homeschool family of younger children closely resembles a one-room schoolhouse model—multiple ages under one primary teacher, the parent.

Resources: If America’s one-room schoolhouse teachers could produce some of the greatest leaders with very limited resources, then so can today’s homeschool families!

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CovfefeAndDoughnuts 5 points ago

I apologize for bullying all homeschooled children including my highly successful middle aged nephews

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Kolob 6 points ago

No worries, they are used to it. https://hifalutinhomeschooler.com/100-hilarious-homeschool-manners/

One of my favorites was adults at church who would say to my kids, "Don't you want to go to school and have friends?" Meanwhile plenty of kids at church who went to school struggled with not having any friends. Kids are who they are and neither school or home will fundamentally change that

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1A_FTW 4 points ago

By far the best education I ever got was from couple years of homeschooling. Of course I had a dedicated mother, but the eye opening thing was that an 8-9 hour day was suddenly a 2-3 hour day. We got plenty of exercise and social interaction.

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MegaMagaMan13 4 points ago

As an elementary teacher trying to do some good for my students while they learn from home, I gotta say, a lot of this is good stuff.

Let me add a few more:

  1. Set a time aside each day for them to work. Keep a basic schedule that isn't 8 hours. Plan a solid block of time dedicated to learning.

  2. If your child's teacher puts forth the effort to make video lessons, or asks your student to send pictures of their work - make sure your kids watch the video and do the work. That teacher put a lot of thought into that work in an effort to help your kid.

  3. On the flip side, if your kids teacher gives them a laundry list of websites and says something like "work on skill #5 for 30 minutes" or "read these pages and email me a report on what you learned", then feel free to fudge it for your kids and do something different. Those are teachers who just didn't know what to do and threw some random crap together.

  4. Let the kids pick what they want to learn about sometimes. One of the greatest learning experiences a kid had last year in my room was when he went to research LEGOs for fun. He wrote a report on his own about their invention, design, where they are made, how to get a job at LEGO, etc. This wasn't some genius straight-A kid either, just a simple 10 year old with a passion.

  5. When your kids aren't in their scheduled learning block time, let them just be kids. Don't try to force them to do some trendy Facebook science experiment if they aren't interested.

  6. Teach SKILLS. Show them how to cook something they like. Build something with them. Create something with them, like a video they can edit.

That's all I got for now.

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Pres_Trump 4 points ago

Join the HSLDA https://hslda.org/content/
They can help with any legal issues. Also, its easy in California to register as a school and protect yourself with HSLDA if its needed. We had no problems for going on 12 yrs now. Just make sure to register and pick out a cool school name if you want. I named our school my LAST NAME School.

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the_mcgee 4 points ago

Absolute do not spend anywhere near 8 hours a day on lessons. Teach until you can tell the focus is gone.

Take breaks, reward often with whatever your kids value. This is the primary reason homeschooled kids test way higher than PS kids. Everything in life is reward based.

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EvanGRogers 4 points ago

I teach Japanese online. Check out my work at https://www.youtube.com/c/evanseasyjapanese

If you want some lessons, I'd be happy to help. I'm trying to get situated to start daily live lessons.

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BeanieRed 4 points ago *

Look into: http://tuttletwins.com/?ap_id=lbsurface for a great series for kids on economics and civics. Loved it so much! Story form learning about classical subjects. Great fro family reading at bedtime.

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vicentezo04 4 points ago

I have a math degree from a UC but I learned a lot of calculus and linear algebra from Khan Academy and Paul's Online Math Notes (http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/)

There's also a lot of regular hobbies like cooking, carpentry, etc. where basic math skills can be taught.

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Verrerogo 4 points ago *

"Leave it Lying Around" is one technique. When the kid picks up the material, ask in all innocence, later, for him or her to explain it to YOU. "Oh?" you say. "What's that about? How interesting!" and "You are so smart to figure that out. I never understood that kind of thing."

The kid will feel so proud.

That way, they teach THEMSELVES.

Leave it lying around.

Including material too advanced for the kid.

Why? Because you cannot know WHEN they will be suddenly, right now, ready for that higher level. If it isn't there, they don't know how to ask for it.

There will always be some things they never use. That's ok.

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Mr_Beanths 4 points ago

TEACH THEM FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY I can’t believe this isn’t taught in public schools. Part of the problem is that parents don’t have this skill either. So maybe as a group, watch videos from YouTube on being financially response!

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OnlyTrump20 4 points ago

Anyone got some "Professor Pepe" study and work sheets?

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Witchstone [S] 4 points ago

Dude, get on that and market it.

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maddog_dad 4 points ago

Teach your kids some logic. They don't get a course on that in PS. Here's a great book to get you started with elementary to high-schoolers and beyond: The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning. Or you can start here right now: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

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FutileConundrum 4 points ago

Start with the pledge and our national anthem, hand over heart, standing at attention. Its how my boys Christian home-school videos all begin.

Abeka has a great homeschooling options. My little buddy isn't effected by the shut down school wise.

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raybiker73 4 points ago

I have friends who homeschool, and their son is a very intelligent, well-mannered and well-educated young man. He knows history and civics as well as math and literature, and he got more "phys ed" from cleaning out the barn and more "biology" from planting seeds and tending animals than the other kids got from playing volleyball in a gym or watching a PowerPoint of a dead frog. Plus, as they put it, they have the added benefit of not having to spend an hour every evening deprogramming him.

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PENNY 4 points ago

The stereotype of homeschooled kids being weird is nonsense. I have a cousin that homeschooled five kids and they're all little gems. I went to public school and am awkward as hell. Checkmate.

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ChickNorris 3 points ago

My youngest daughter was homeschooled from 1st grade up until high school graduation. We were part of a network of homeschoolers in my state called Classical Conversations. The group is a Christian group and there was some bible study included in their schooling. My daughter participated in a 4H cooking contest in 4th grade and won with a chicken casserole dish. We visited zoos and farms in the area which provided education in the science areas. We had a mock trial where everyone in her class played a role. My daughter was a lawyer. One of the parents was friends with a Judge and able to get use of a courtroom at our county courthouse where they held a mock trial. She learned Latin, took etiquette, and wrote wonderful stories in her English classes. In her teens they had enough students in the group to start an athletic team and they played basketball. We had games with other homeschool groups throughout our region and championship games at the end of the season. A few of the dads were coaches, one of the moms kept team stats and we collected money to pay refs for the games. Her senior year included a graduation ceremony and a prom.

It was truly a great experience for her and she is one of the most well rounded and grounded people I know for her age. Highly recommend trying to find a good group to get involved with and homeschool if you can at all.

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HungNavySeal300Kills 3 points ago

For teens who like computers, show them Udacity. They're doing one month free for new accounts. Super well guided curriculum in data science, programming, robotics etc.

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DonatesOthersOrgans 3 points ago *

Udacity has garbage material. Udemy is significantly better and goes far more in depth than Udacity.

Udacity is just extremely shallow and unhelpful in my experience. Most of udacity has become actors reading scripts. Udemy is actual experts teaching their trade.

For example, I tried their GOOGLE SPONSORED course on Flutter and it was literally two people reading a script verbatim with no demonstration or anything. They clearly didn't know what they were teaching because they had trouble with so many of the system's terms for things.

Literally anything is better than Udacity, like Udemy, Curiosity Stream, and SkillShare

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VideaVice 2 points ago

Udemy, lol. The site were ZombiUnicorn(Twitch Thot, Body Painter, Feminist Scammer) is "teaching" you how to be internet famous. And Jake Paul, his brother and his methhead wife(all con artists) are "teaching" finance by advertising their merch.

None is better than the other. Pick and choose carefully according to what you need but not every course is worth your time.

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Witchstone [S] 4 points ago

I can't speak to the quality of this type of resource so take this with a grain of liberal tears: I do not think doing public school at home is a good answer. It seems like a way to have the downsides of both and shifts responsibility away from the parent.

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Captain_Triips -1 points ago

did you even read the web site?

most parents are not prepared to provide the curriculum the kid needs, especially high school kids

there is a reason teachers have to have degrees and be certified. every jerry springer watching housewife is not qualified to teach

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speedychef 2 points ago

My daughter needed zero help for K12. Thst was 10th grade high school for her. But some kids aren't self directed.

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Captain_Triips 0 points ago *

so why doesn't she just walk up and grab that PhD?

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speedychef 0 points ago

You feeling inadequate or something?

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Captain_Triips 0 points ago

No, I have a couple of graduate degrees but, being a lesser being, I actually needed instructors to teach me things

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speedychef 1 point ago

My daughter is self directed and capable. We don't have to shit her for that.

... continue reading thread?
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speedychef 2 points ago

My daughter did K12 for a year. For the most part not bad... But they still want to pack in social justice warrior bullshit. Odd thing.. Local school wants well over 100 dollars for book fees, registration fees.. This and that. K12 mailed all books and materials for free with no fees at all. Cost us nothing to do it. Yet I'm paying out the ass on property taxes and the local school needs a bunch of fees.

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Captain_Triips 0 points ago

there are other online options

SJW bullshit or no, kids need to be taught by trained educators

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speedychef 1 point ago

Unfortunately most of my daughters teachers in high school were just smart boards displaying a PowerPoint, operated by some sjw sack of shit.

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christianknight 3 points ago

Good cause.

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Faintlight 3 points ago

Get them to learn how to type while their brains are nice and elastic, so they don't have to hunt and peck.

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 2 points ago

Good reminder! Thank you!

The kids are given chromebooks in 1st grade and up but arent provided proper typing classes until high school. Makes no sense.

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The_RedWolf 3 points ago

For those who do want their kids to have a more traditional experience credit wise and still have an accredited hs diploma or for those who may only need it for a year or two and return to public or private later. Consider Texas Tech Homeschool Program

It isnt free but comes from a highly respected educational entity.

I did it for a semester back in the day and I enjoyed it, and TTU has been doing this for decades

Texas Tech University K-12

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Fabius 3 points ago

Education won't make a kid smarter. It accounts for surprisingly little in the real world.

Smart people do smart things. If your kid is smart, he or she will naturally gravitate toward learning, and therefore knowledge.

Modern University is nothing more than an IQ test so employers know who is smart and who isn't. If you got into Harvard, top employers assume that you are smart (and with the other admissions standards, also driven and possess a certain amount of leadership skill), and therefore a good investment to their business. They'll teach you what you need to know.

A common person only needs to be educated in three things, the old standard. Reading, writing, and arithmetic. Read the instructions. Write your name. 2+2 = 4. This forms the foundation of all other learning and acquisition of knowledge, and the only truly mandatory curriculum.

Reading Shakespeare, or understanding cellular mitosis is not necessary for the masses. Biology is mandatory for any high school graduate, but ask your average person in the street what adenosine triphosphate is (something you learn in 9th grade). People are eating aquarium cleaner, ffs.

My point is that you shouldn't get caught up in curriculum as much as teaching practical skills and critical thinking. The rest will come on its own, or it won't. And if it doesn't, that's fine.

It is much more important to be wise than to be smart. It doesn't matter if you know Pi to 20 places if you're a fool.

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ramennov 3 points ago

It's important to maintain your kids' social lives. As someone who was homeschooled but had parents who didn't pay attention to my social needs, I can say it's very important :(

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SAW2TH 3 points ago

What a great post!!! I let my kids take the civics test for citizenship to broaden their understanding of America - and give a prize to the highest grade each round:

https://my.uscis.gov/en/prep/test/civics/view

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 3 points ago

My son is completing his required school assignments, doing chores and learning new skills in Home economics 101, Vehicle Maintenance and Home Repair 101, and taken it upon himself to learn C# and some other coding program, as well as started a Minecraft server for friends at school and a D&D discord group for another group of friends.

He is outside every day for 2hrs of football with neighborhood kids as they started their own league.

Want him to get on the Hillsdale College free video lectures on the Constitution.

A lot of great suggestions shared here in this thread too.

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Rand2024 3 points ago

Can we support this .win by licensing or join in on the open source? I would love to make a reddit clone like this for education purposes. As an instructor it's really easy to teach things once and have each year of students individually be able to sort by most useful or recent from the whole course or by individual topic.

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Afeazo 3 points ago

I like point #8. Education is not sitting being lectured and reading from a textbook. When my father used to take me fishing or just out on walks or to the store, it would all be educational. Nothing like going to a hardware store to look around at the sales and him explaining what everything is used for, what products are good and which aren’t, or when fishing just talking about life and nature.

Sure, you may need to be lectured and have a textbook to learn math, but you absolutely don’t need one to learn life.

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TehAgent 2 points ago

3 and #6 are critical...but #3 should be done whether or not your child is home schooled.

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astro_eng 2 points ago

Public Schools are Trash!

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Kilroy83mikey 2 points ago

I was homeschooled for 7 years.

SAXON MATH is a must.

Also, teach the kids how to teach themselves, and have the older ones help their siblings. It reinforces the lesson for both kids.

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NoTalkieB4TheCovfefe 2 points ago

Saxon math is what my son first learned when he started school as a kindergarten when he was in private school until 3rd grade. I truly believe that and his teachers encouragement helped him excel at math (and he still does). I could never remember which math program the school used (We moved out of state, a couple times over, from that school). Thanks for bringing the name back to memory! Will definitely be adding this into his day.

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Kolob 2 points ago

I homeschooled mine and agree with all of the above. I will add limit or remove electronics. We used to give them and hour a week on Friday if they did all their work/chores/etc... We had no TV. Bored kids in an enriched environment teach temselves all kinds of things.

A fun thing we did is watch old classic movies for cultural literacy. Gaslight, Dr Strangelove, Mon Oncle (French Jacques Tati) So many great moves out there that people reference. Your kid can be the one who laughs whenever someone references "Precious Bodily Fluids"

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DontGiveUp 2 points ago

This might help a bit

https://online.hillsdale.edu/#home

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DeuteronomyTwentyone 2 points ago

Great post! I homeschool my two kids 5th and 3rd grade. They love it! I'll post some resources and ideas later today when I have more time.

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jschmid4 2 points ago

Get some old school McGuffey readers and also some materials from R.J. Rushdoony! (Aka the other Rush!)

Rushdoony was incredibly Based! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=paL2s4HJScg

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AslanFan 2 points ago

Isn't this basically "Raising a Kid 101"? /s

Seriously, pede...good advice!

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Tellsyouhow 2 points ago

A compilation of free stuff from this UK website covers different resources to try, from math to cooking with kids

https://skintdad.co.uk/free-online-classes-for-kids/

List of websites mentioned in the article in a suggested time format as some are live streams like Joe Wicks

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro

10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman https://www.themathsfactor.com

11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/

1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065

2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package

4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Full list: https://skintdad.co.uk/free-online-classes-for-kids/

Non-daily events include: Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule

For your older kids, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels: http://www.eparenting.co.uk/education/50_free_revision_resources_for_gcse_a_level_11_plus_and_sats.php

Computer science: learn programming from home with fun online tutorials, aimed at 5 – 13 year olds: https://code.org/

Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests: https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule

Geography with Steve Backshall: https://twitter.com/SteveBackshall/status/1242058846941712385

Geography/Wildlife with Chris Packham: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisGPackham/

Art – join Pete McKee for daily cartoon workshops on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjpNMIjkGJ-vxuOhsN2xxTA

Creative Writing with children’s author Eloise Williams: https://padlet.com/joanna_suvarna/Get_Creative_With_Eloise

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missusellis 2 points ago

For children in Elementary or pre-Elementary:

Check out Montessori Method. There are tons of info online including youtube.

This method doesn't require that you're a teacher. It is a self-discovery method and you are simoly a facilitator. Each kid learns differently and all kids are naturally curious. This method takes advantage of this to maximize their potential.

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KiltedTailor 2 points ago

Hey Ho! The thoughts of a grand-dad on the subject, if all will permit. My grand daughters oldest is 06 yrs, and she has an 03yr old brother. Mom is going NUTS and BROKE, trying to teach at home, work, be a single mom, and have a Life. She in no way is ready or skilled enough to do this{she was the victim of home schooling growing up}. This writer chips in some educational help now and then, but I see home schooling, and it two generations of it now for me, as a poor substitute for a NORMAL school environment. The kids lack the discipline, the change of location, the 'whole NORMAL school' approach.

It is GUESSED the local P.S. will open at the end of March. This cynic says they will remain shut for the rest of the school season.

To all the parents out there, and their supports of all family brands; you have my Condolences and Sympathy.

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ApprenticeBossSeason 2 points ago

I'm happy to see this taking off now.

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DukeDicky 2 points ago

I think there have been some very amazing and helpful suggestions that I've bookmarked this site. This is why I love this site.

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freedomfountain 2 points ago

Homeschool Buyers Co-op for 30-70% off many many programs, internet and paper. Get a tent or trailer or RV and travel with your kids (when Wu Flu is calmed). Best education EVER. Start with your State Parks the National Parks. Then as they get older International. The 3 R's are the basics. Fill in with Science (focus on Quantum like Nassim Haramein, all is light, vibration, frequency. Intention, EQ, emotional control), Geography, History (but not Dept of Ed Hisory) Music, Civics, Art, Building stuff like bird and bat houses, Gardening, Uses of power tools. Sooo much FUN. My 2 boys both graduated this past year 16 and 18. I had them working the same high school program. Or you can just do GED prep and have them take the test. My children are second gen homeschooled. My brothers (3) and I are all self employed, 6 figures forever. Not too hard to get ahead here. Waking up, showing up, and working beats about 70%. HAVE FUN! BE.

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DoesItWorkAlready 2 points ago

I think I'd skip #7 for a couple of weeks.

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CountryState_of_Mind 2 points ago

Here's one fun thing I did with my six year old even before this Chinese virus outbreak. We did an election based on the electoral college. Our two candidates were the football teams Eagles & Browns ( my son's choices). I cut out 50 pieces of paper with each state on one side and had him write "E" or "B" on the alternate side and then drew them from a jar. He then colored each state on a blank USA map according to which team won that state. I calculated each state's electoral votes and the Eagles won.

I also asked him if he thought it would be OK if California and New York always determined the winning team no matter how the other 48 states voted. His answer..." no, that's not fair to all the other states".

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ZeroFox 2 points ago

Art and music. And let the kid read some good books appropriate for their age. Homeschooled 3 here.

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Pedeberrycrunch 2 points ago

This is a fantastic idea and I hope it takes off with it's own subwin later down the line!

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Lambin8tor 2 points ago

Creation Ministries International has some good resources for Christian parents educating their children at home: https://creation.com/parents-corner

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trout007 2 points ago

For a classic Catholic liberal arts education at home we use https://www.setonhome.org. It is very affordable and structured if that is your thing. You get a set of books and workbooks and send in tests and essays to be graded so they do all of the recording for you.

We had three kids in public schools and eventually pulled them out. It was remarkable that while the public school did an OK job with Math (prior to common core) their language and writing abilities were atrocious. We had to go back a couple grades with our oldest so he could get up to speed.

The best part is how faith is apart of every lesson. And this is no PC education. The kids read about the glory and braver of the crusaders and conquistadors who helped spread the Gosepls all over the world.

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ImWithHearse 2 points ago

Where do we hire our trannies for in-home story hour?

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h203h 2 points ago

Start the day off with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. History of our great nation and why George Washington was a badass 😁

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Dialectic 2 points ago

If you want method or theory behind what you're doing, look into "unschooling". Not sure what resources my wife studied but it's sort of what we do.

The OP nailed it with the main points. I'll add on that not only do you not need 8 hours of schooling a day, you don't have to do long increments either. Get a rough outline of what you want to do, then do bursts of like 15 minutes (for the young ones) or maybe 20 minutes (older). Then try an educational activity or play.

Especially with boys. The public school system is very feminine in approach, sitting quietly at attention. Boys aren't broken or faulty or bad because they can't sit still. It's part of who they are. Give them a quick lesson and then do some educational play. Let them get up and move and run.

But yeah, OP nailed it. Listen to OP lol

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Space_Force_One 1 point ago

Here is a schedule my wife put together for our kids while they are all stuck at home :)

https://imgur.com/a/7Il3BY0