It was time to figure out what to do; we had to find a curriculum that worked; we needed to keep track of what our students were learning; we asked if our students were really learning?; we asked if we had done the right things and were we doing the right things for our students; and we worried about tomorrow and if we are preparing them for the real world?
If you are a Parent Teacher, one, all of these questions, and more have surfaced in your household. You are not alone in your attempts to provide the proper, rightful and purposeful education for your student.
Times have changed and Education is going the way of the big conglomerates of the past (telephone, electricity, airlines), broken up and gone public by a free market. Decentralization of any monopoly causes a distress of choice for those who have depended upon the monopoly without question. To others who like the ability of many choices, it opens an entirely new spectrum or playing field; one where you can test all the options or a few at a time, to find the one that suits you. While this may be a great way to look at commodities, and utilities, is it really a good way to find a better, good, or right way to educate your child?
It may be a way to advance our understanding of what education now needs to look like and be like, in order for our children be prepared for the real world. Face it, what we have now does not work. Therefore, instead of taking your student out of public school and bringing that same education home with you, just changes the scenery. It does nothing to start us thinking about our educational needs from a different perspective or all perspectives.
For those of you who have just started to homeschool and even those who are veterans and who are looking for a different approach or a simple daily schedule to get started, you will find a simple Daily STEAM Teaching Schedule to follow and a Wheel of knowledge with Ages for website to understand where your student is in his/her knowledge base according to Age.
I would not recommend more than a 12 -13 hour per day schedule for any student below high school level. If you can get it down to 10 or 8 hours per day, that would be smart. Eight hours is the normal work day for adults, why burden our children with 12- 16 hours of work per day?
Give yourself permission to teach what needs to be taught at the time it requires teaching according to your child’s schedule and not another teacher’s, education system, author’s opinion or government requirement.
Children are little sponges and will soak up everything that they will need to know if you present it to them when they are ready and able to hear it, use it, examine it, understand it, re-create it and enjoy it.
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