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About GoodnightMoogle

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    Reading (non-fiction at the moment) , video games (lame turn-based rpgs with good stories), crocheting, cross-stitching, writing bad poetry.
  1. I just want to say that I am enjoying this topic because I do think it’s important to consider what research has to say when choosing how to teach a child, even if you end up disregarding some of the research to better teach the individual child. The fact that there is a better way to teach reading than others for *most* kids, for example, is useful information! I wish we had more research in the education field, honestly, but one of the problems is they are always making teachers try new things out, using students as guinea pigs, then ditching the new thing in favor of some other new thi
  2. I experienced the same as you in my education program! I remember I had one class my sophomore year where my teacher was obsessed with the idea of “learning styles,” aka some students are audio learners, some visual, some kinesthetic, etc. I had to spend that class constantly rewriting and “differentiating” (they love that buzz word) my lesson plans to fit a variety of learning styles. The next year, I had a teacher who made it a point to talk about all this research that insists “learning styles” been debunked and there is no evidence for them at all. In short, I had two completely contr
  3. Maybe the fantasy part would be: “Man, don’t you guys wish we could buy all the candy and open our own candy store? If you got to open a candy store, which candies would you put in it?” I think the goal is distraction from the big emotions of the impending tantrum. The fantasy thing actually does work sometimes in my experience! (Not always though). It’s been a while since I read the book but I remember feeling empowered by the idea that the author is giving us “tools.” It’s not just one parenting method, so to speak, but many different ideas on ways we can talk to our kids to h
  4. Hey just because my thread is old doesn’t mean I died. Thanks for the recommendation! I own that book as I found it useful when I had a stint subbing in elementary schools and it was recommended to me by another teacher. I need to read it again to really reinforce that language. “You really want me to give you that lollipop. I’m not going to buy any candy today. Yes, I hear you. You are sad because you wanted that lollipop.” Ugh now I hear Janet Lansbury’s voice in my head.
  5. You must be me exactly with your plans. I also like the Montessori method for littles. In fact, back when I was still teaching and feeling bummed, I think learning about Montessori education is what started the ball rolling for me to discover the homeschooling world (though “The Well-Trained Mind,” of course, is the first official book I read on that topic)! I even have my little guy sleeping in a floor bed right now, much to my mother in law’s chagrin 😂 we will see how that pans out when he starts really crawling.
  6. I looked into it because of the hype and because I enjoy looking at and admiring different curricula. I dipped as soon as I saw all the Ken Ham materials. No thanks for me. It’s one thing to teach young earth creationism, it’s quite another to teach children science while simultaneously having a book (“Dinosaurs of Eden”) that features an image of a sharp-toothed dinosaur eating leaves! 😒 I’ll never get over that book cover. I think even if I were a kid looking at that I would feel insulted. I don’t think I could trust him to teach my child real science, and they used so many materials fr
  7. Love the idea of doing a poetry tea time! That sounds so sweet and relaxing
  8. A goal I’ve had on my mind for a while now is to sit down and re-learn how to write in cursive. I was taught in elementary school, but by fifth grade teachers were telling us just to write in print again. By middle school, cursive was never mentioned again. Got to love the consistency of the US public schools. Anyway, my handwriting is atrocious, to the point where it embarrasses me when I write thank you notes and the like. I want to sit down and really learn how to write in cursive. What would your recommendations for an adult be? Please don’t say Spencerian 😂 as lovely as it is I don’t
  9. Totally agree, Clem. I do think memorizing basic math facts is really important. But I don't see why it's so bad to teach children to think about and understand the methods they are using, then drill them until they can name their facts by heart. In the Memoria Press forum (in reference to the article I posted) one of the leaders wrote that first graders don't need to know *why* 2 plus 2 equals 4, they just need to memorize that fact. That seemed kind of absurd to me. I mean, why can't we teach them *why* first, and then have them memorize it? It seems weird to fill a child's head with facts t
  10. I have so many mixed feelings on Waldorf education. On the one hand, when I learned about its founder and origins, I felt some red flags raising. Anthroposophy feels like some kind of scientology for kids 😂 However, who among us doesn't look at their crafts and toys and swoon a little bit? I completely understand the draw toward something more simple for our children. In fact, I have read "Simplicity Parenting" by Payne; I read it when I was pregnant having seen it recommended on some parenting blogs. While I think some of the advice was a little extreme (like getting rid of the television com
  11. This is how I hope to be with myself, flipped the other way. I am a literature girl who needs to work on having a more "STEM" mindset. I think it's ok to say that you aren't a "math person" or a "words person" but it is still good to push ourselves in those areas we lack natural talent or drive in, especially as homeschool teachers! I have no idea what will interest my son one day but I know I'm going to need to keep on teaching and improving myself if I am going to be an effective teacher to him. I get what you are saying here (the book isn't going to actually show me teaching strate
  12. Wow, that video was a good watch (I did skim past the college-oriented questions and stuff just to hear what he had to say about education itself). I have read about AOPS and Beast Academy on these forums and have always been intrigued by the way they bring math and critical thinking together. What he said about math education resonated with me. I was the kid who took up to calculus and did decently well in all my math classes, but I never really understood what I was doing. As he said in the video, I was a kid who was a great "pattern finder" and had a good memory. With the way math is usual
  13. Lori D. you have given me a goldmine. Can't wait to dive down these threads! Carolina Wren, educating myself has been on my mind a lot lately. My math education in particular was very lackluster compared to the way it is taught in many schools nowadays, and I know that if I want to teach it well one day I am going to need to understand the more conceptual methods myself. I am going to begin by reading Lipping Ma's book and seeing where that takes me. As for my own interests, I have always wanted to read and study more of the Great Books but I am , admittedly, intimidated. I think I need
  14. Thanks for sharing your own experience 🙂 I definitely do love my little guy! But sometimes I need a podcast to listen to during those long times rocking him to get him to sleep 😂 I love the simplicity of how you got started. Well-Trained-Mind, a homeschool mega catalogue, and you were ready to give it a whirl. I also have a rainbow resource catalogue, not because I’m trying to force academics on a tiny one, but because I genuinely enjoy looking at curriculum! That’s the teacher in me I suppose. I think part of it stems from enjoyment of learning, and another from perhaps a dissatisfaction
  15. Title says it all. This is my first post here (probably the first of many) and I’m looking for your favorite resources that influenced your homeschooling philosophy. I’m just a lady with a degree in education and a brand-new baby who came to the conclusion that homeschooling is what I want for him. So give me what you got. I’ve read “The Well-Trained Mind,” (a few times 0.0) and have a smattering of authors on my shelf, from the Clarksons and a few other Charlotte Mason lovers to John Holt and the unschooling squad. If you squint closely at my bookshelf, you’ll even find that somewhe
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