Home Schooling for Dummies

Do you recognize any of these Words of Wisdom? Whether you’re sixteen or sixty, these HOME-SCHOOLED lessons are still heard today, a generational gift from ages past. Here are some of the topics and their one or two-sentence lessons.

1. TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2. RELIGION.
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3. TIME TRAVEL
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

4. LOGIC.
“Because I said so, that’s why.”

5. MORE LOGIC.
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me”

6. FORESIGHT.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7. IRONY.
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8. The science of OSMOSIS.
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9. CONTORTIONISM.
“Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. STAMINA.
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

11. WEATHER.
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. HYPOCRISY.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!”

13. The CIRCLE OF LIFE.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out…”

14. BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
“Stop acting like your father!”

15. ENVY.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16. ANTICIPATION.
“Just wait until we get home.”

17. RECEIVING.
“You are going to get it from your father when you get home!”

18. MEDICAL SCIENCE.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

19. ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception)
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20. HUMOR.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21. HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. GENETICS.
“You’re just like your father.”

23. ROOTS (Ancestry).
“Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

24. WISDOM.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.

25. JUSTICE.
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

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A Tale of Two Students … And College

Often people think that success in college and life depends upon how well students do in grade school and high school. If they aren’t making A’s in grade school, then they might as well forget going to college or getting a high-paying job. Right or wrong?

Two of my grandchildren are almost the same age. They went through grade school and high school together. The girl was at the top of all her classes. The boy was at the bottom and we wondered if he would even be able to graduate. (One grade school teacher kept putting him on a chair outside in the hallway.) He got through high school by going to a “Choice School,” which was offered at his high school. There should be more of these.

Students Learn Differently

The girl started college with an athletic scholarship. The boy started college, but didn’t make it past the first day, as he could not concentrate in the classroom. Being in a large group of people made him physically sick.

Students

He got some part-time jobs and ended up being a video editor for an online company. When he worked by himself, he could concentrate and learn. He signed up for a well-known online university (Full Sail University) to get his BS. This college runs year around, no breaks, offers only one course at a time, and is very strict. Because he was working as a video editor, he knew how to read instructions and follow them exactly, which is one of the things he had to do in that college. It made him careful to follow the teacher’s requirements. He also figured out how to get an academic scholarship from them.

This June the young woman graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Business Administration. She was already working while in college and went immediately into a good-paying full-time job (and got married).

This November the young man graduated, with honors, top of his class, and has his BS in Digital Videography. As a video editor he worked his way through college and now has a good-paying full-time job with benefits, and a raise because he has his degree. It is a YouTube company that makes videos for children, with many of his edited videos going viral. He studies books on finances and is saving up money to buy a condo.

My Point Is

Not every child does well in a classroom situation. Not every child can bring home that A. But success in grade school or high school is not an indicator for success in life. Don’t discourage a child from going to college who barely made it through high school. These kids often find that college is easier for them than high school, especially if they get into the right college. With all the online courses offered, people don’t have to go to a brick and mortar university, and some of the main universities (such as U of Arizona) offer online education as well. Don’t get upset with a child who is truly struggling in school, but look for an alternative educational path that matches your child’s interest and style of learning. Help him find his niche.

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One of my books, Christmas on Cougar Mountain, is about a father with a child who is struggling in school, and the young woman who shows him that the child is not dumb or a problem child, he only has a different way of learning. I keep this book permanently free as I feel the message is so important for young parents (and many teachers) to hear. Enjoy this book and encourage others to read it also. The answer does not lie in drugging these children, but in helping them learn using their learning style. That might involve searching for alternative schools.

Christmas on Cougar Mountain

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