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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Early Childhood Education — The home is a far better teacher than public schools

Investigators discovered that kids who were sent to public pre-schools for early childhood education learned early, but didn’t advance like kids who had been taught at home before they entered school. The kids taught at home kept accelerating past the ones who had been put into public classes where there were many kids. The one on one teaching with a loving parent outshone the public school, where it mainly turned into babysitting, or worse.

If you have a child in today’s government schools, you are fortunate if your child’s teacher finds time to teach phonics “on the side.” The reading materials currently furnished by the schools do actual physical harm that can be observed in brain scans, handicapping the child for life. The government’s own data show that less than a third of its child victims are proficient in any core subject.

The answer to this is:

Don’t wait for the schools. Any teaching done at home is better than what the schools are doing. Teach your child to read and do math before they enter school. It does NOT have to be done regularly or often. A young child soaks up learning at an amazing rate. Start math at age 3, reading at age 4.

Use objects: blocks or sticks or marbles or rocks to teach counting and basic math. “If you have four oranges and give two oranges to your teddy bear, how many oranges will you have left?” Then switch to using an abacus. There are online programs showing you how to use them, starting at age 4. After a while, a four-year-old can visualize the abacus and do complex problems in his head. If you wait until they are older, they can’t do this. For math from K-college, go to Khan academy, free, and includes other sciences.

For reading, go to www.raisingupgiants.wixsite.com/free  Start this program at age four and expect huge gains from little effort on your part. It contains four videos plus a small reader. Watch video #1 if you are fearful or doubt you can teach. Otherwise start with video #2. And if you can, at all possible, keep your child out of most public schools. You won’t see any of our leaders sending their kids to them.

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Early Childhood Education

Zsuzsa's Christmas Wish

 

Home Learning by @_NancyRadke

Parents have experienced Home Learning now, and I hope they will not forsake it. When children come home from school with “homework,” parents are expected to teach it because the teachers couldn’t teach it in their large classrooms that have a vast spectrum of abilities among the students. If you want your kid to survive, you need to home-school. Just remember Dr. Ben Carson, the outstanding brain surgeon whose mother couldn’t read, but she made Ben and his brother read to her every day. Even that form of Home Learning had a great result.

Home Learning

Why teach your children to read at home, before they go to school? They have so many things to learn, but to wait until they go to school to learn to read is not the best practice. They are eager to learn everything at age 4 and this eagerness is lost over time. Plus, once they start school, they have so many things infringing on their attention and learning time, that they can’t learn as well as they can in the one-on-one home environment. The older the child, the harder it is to teach him.

The Ideal Age for Home Learning

Children are at the ideal age to learn to read when they are just turning four years old. This is when they are excited to learn and are able to absorb vast amounts of information effortlessly, making it the ideal time to teach them. Like new plants, they drink in the information as fast as you can present it. Often as you teach an older four-year-old, the three-year-old sibling will be picking it up at the same time. I have had parents report this to me many times. These children can be reading at a 3rd to 4th grade level when they enter first grade.

To help parents teach a 4-year-old to read, I put together the “Raising Giants Free Reading Course.” It consists of 4 videos and a printout of lessons to follow, then suggestions of books to read. When downloaded, it looks simple. How can that possibly teach a child to read? But if you listen to the videos and learn the sounds and the patterns, you will be able to teach your child in a surprisingly short time. One father said after a number of lessons, that he was standing on the street corner with his 4-year-old daughter when he realized she was reading off the signs and the names on the stores around them.

The program also addresses children with reading problems and directs you to other resources. You can access it here:

www.raisingupgiants.wixsite.com/free

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Christmas On Cougar Mountain