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  1. I guess my question would be: "what the course would be called on the transcript?". If it is called Physics for Poets, that tells more than if it gets tagged Physics and thus compared to a traditional Physics class.
  2. The Joy of Science by the Teaching Company is touted as college level lectures, but it can be a great organizing tool especially if used in conjunction with the text the lecturer co-wrote. Text = The Sciences: An Integrated Approach by James Trefil and Robert Hazen
  3. Agreed. Information fuels creativity. To the extent a textbook helps me to organize information and helps Dd to acquire it, the textbook serves us well. We have yet to employ a textbook as the sole source of learning information in any content area and I don't foresee doing so. They are often a springboard and one tool amongst others we employ to gather information. Once we gather the information, we tend to take it with us in many directions and use it for many purposes.
  4. These tend to be reasons people elect to homeschool. They want to move away from formalities/conventions, avoid world views contrary to their own and have more freedom to forge a flexible path. A good textbook can be a great tool to organize and save time. I find that I tend to pick up a text for each content area (sometimes more than one) and then craft the content delivery of any given course with a blend of various tools (video, discussion, living books, games, magazines/journals,trips, outsourced classes....). I know a lot of homeschoolers who are just as rigid in their rejection of anything that might hint to traditional approaches as those they criticize would seem to be married to them. A textbook, like anything else, is what you make of it. For us, textbooks are part of the picture but they don't dictate our path and we don't reject them outright.
  5. Thank you! I have been searching for a way to articulate that general idea.
  6. Comparison and contrast can be a great bridge into analysis. Example: Comparison/Contrast of urban and rural life during x period. A great think about it type question, is to have them explain how a given technological breakthrough changed life for regular folks (who did it put out of work/offer opportunities for, did it bring people together or divide them). Did x man reflect or shape the times he lived/ruled in? Why might one geographic area develop a culture different from another over a given time period?
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