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  1. I was thinking of purchasing this--would like some motivational classical books....thoughts? did you like it?
  2. Has anyone read about or tried this homeschooling approach? I wanted to get others opinions on it and find out the gist of how it works Thanks much! ;)
  3. I just read this book, and it was very interesting. I was wondering if anyone here meshes this type of education with WTM type of training? I have been doing the WTM way since my oldest was in K (he's in 7th now) and I want to get more of the TJE type of thing in our studies. (I don't think the kids read enough right now. I know WTM stresses that too, but it seems like TJE hits it kind of differently.) If anyone does both with more than one child, how do you do it? Right now, I have 4 school age kids, and I think only the oldest 3 could do this. (they are in 7th, 5th & 2nd grade). Does anyone have any advice or information on TJE? Thanks Hot Lava Mama
  4. ...... and I've made several :001_huh: But the one I most regret right now was trusting the public school system to teach the subject I felt most unqualified to teach: Math. I'm terrible with math. I can do Algebra, Geometry and the like, but I really didn't feel qualified to teach it. So I sent dd part-time to the local public middle school and high school so she could receive the benefit of "real teaching". Big Mistake! :glare: She received A's all the way through Algebra II. I thought "all is well", right? Then because of certain extenuating circumstances, I needed her to do her Pre-Calc online. This is when I found out how terribly "dumbed down" the public school math was. I don't know if it's like this everywhere...... but it is certainly the case here! ARRRGGGGGHHHHH! Wish I could take that decision back and have a "do-over". :tongue_smilie: How about you? Are there decisions you've made that you wish you hadn't? Maybe something that could be of benefit to the rest of us so we don't go down the same path?
  5. I just came across Thomas Jefferson Education method via another homeschool family looking into it. I'd never heard of it before, perhaps I live under a rock.. :blink: I haven't read up on it yet, other than the blurb online from 1 site.. but I'm curious if anyone else uses this model? How does it differ from Classical Education method? Could I implement it with a preschooler, nearly kindergartener, Second and Fifth grader in the house? Which of the books did you find most helpful in helping you implement it? It has piqued my curiosity.. but before I go out and buy the books.. I was curious to hear what others have experienced or thought about it.. thanks!! :001_smile:
  6. Who has some insight on LCC vs. WTM? And how these compare to a 'Thomas Jefferson Education'?
  7. I've been in continual research mode for over a year about homeschooling, its variations and unique philosophies. It has occurred to me that some of the strongest proponents for various philosophies under the homeschooling umbrella are still in the pioneering stage, meaning that they do not have adult children that can be looked to for "proof" of what they espouse is the correct way to educate a child. I understand completely that this would be a subjective analysis but the fact that most of these kids are only at the latest in their early 20s doesn't really give an observer any real insight into the longterm happiness of the child and the "success" of the method. Obviously SWB is the darling of classical education at home being successful - and boy has she been. But I wonder if some of that isn't to do with her own personality and her own unique gifts and drive to achieve in a specific area. She clearly has a strong aptitude for writing and may well have still been a successful writer even if schooled in a more traditional way. On the other end of the spectrum is Sandra Dodd and her oldest child is only in his early 20s and I *think* still living at home. And there is nothing wrong with that, but I can't really gauge how well a child has been "educated" if they haven't had the opportunity to stretch their wings and apply it - even if that means they become a potter or a professional dancer. I don't think every single person needs to have a PhD and know several foreign languages to be a contributing member of society. Hmm, I guess what I am trying to say is, is that it is awfully hard to put long-term hopes on any one philosophy without knowing that there is indeed some sort of half-guarantee at the end that your child is going to be OK and will be well-prepared for life. I cannot see how unschoolers can stand the uncertainty of it all. I plan on sticking with classical education because it seems the most certain in terms of "preparedness". If my kids are classically educated then they will have more options as they choose who they want to become as adults. But it feels dishonest to tell my kids they must learn calculus and Latin when I was never educated in those subjects and I feel like I am very happy, stable and independent as an adult. I'm feeling a little low tonight, feeling like "education" is nothing more than a crapshoot and hoping you can figure your child out enough to help them become who they really want and need to be to be a positive, contributing member of society. When it comes down to brass tacks - I don't care if my kids ever go to college if they find something that they are good at and can become financially independent doing and is morally upright. I want them to have great self-confidence and just be happy people. And at the same time I think it is outrageous for a parent to not help their 5-8 year old child learn how to read and hope that it will just happen somewhere along the line (radical unschooling). I did read this quote by Sandra Dodd today and it hit me right in the gut: "If your child is more important than your vision of your child, life becomes easier." Of course I want my CHILD to be the most important thing but it is hard to not have plans and hopes for them, isn't it?
  8. The recent MCT and grammar thread has me pondering larger questions than can be resolved by changing curriculum. Many board member have been pushed to teach "outside the box" - going against traditional methods or curriculum or even current standards. Sometimes it is our own personalities rebelling against our youthful educational experiences, but most often, the needs of our particular children push us to the ledge and straight over. What happens when learning disabilities, extreme giftedness, or quirky personalities push us to move beyond the norms in teaching? How did you get to that point? How did you make the change? What tools did you have on hand that help you? What tools do you feel you need? Where would you encourage someone that is struggling to start from? This is really broad but I know sometimes I see wonderful posts about teaching "outside the box" and I think "Oh, I want to do that, but my gosh, look at her educational background, her financial resources...her saintliness.;)" "I could never do that." Let's talk about the nitty, gritty details. And please, educational theories are welcome. It was obvious, at least to me, from the other thread that a few of us are dying to talk about education on a deeper level.
  9. I'm not sure what I'm asking, but I've got a kid who learns differently. If we can have a "conversation" about it, she does great. I know how to do that with history. I know how to do that with science. Thanks to MCT, we do this with grammar, but I'm at a loss as to how to do this with math. Ds is doing LoF, which I think will be great for dd when she gets to that point, but she's not there yet. And...something even more story-based than that would really be great, I think. I've requested things like The Grapes of Math from the library, but there are only a few titles covering a limited number of topics (few of which deal w/ things she needs to focus on). Iow, it might be a good start, but...I guess more than a particular math-story, I'm looking for...a teaching skill/style I can learn/adapt. I found some books on this subject (teaching math through literature) on Amazon, but they're kind-of expensive w/ no preview & not avail in my library. :glare: Ideas? I'm interested in reviews of the teaching books as well as ideas for how to do this. TIA! :001_smile: ETA: One more thing. The other "conversation-based" subjects we do aren't skill-based, so we can do them together. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this kind of approach to a subject with only one kid at a time.
  10. Let me preface this by saying I'm currently reading "Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning" by Oliver Demille, in which the author gives examples/advice on how to raise children who are self-motivated and possess leadership qualities. It feels like a science-fiction book to me, as I can NOT envision my boys ever initiating and undertaking anything above what I require of them. :lol: One of Demille's claims is that you need to 'inspire' and not 'require'. I am trying to be open minded here, we instituted something new called 'your way Monday', where each boy chooses a book that interests him, reads it, and devises a project to accompany the book. Last week Oldest DS read about castles and made a paper-mache castle. Younger DS read about tornadoes and made a tornado in a bottle. It took a lot of guidance on my part to help them think of a project and plan of attack. They enjoyed it, but I had a REALLY hard time ditching the curriculum for the day. I am a very solid WTM follower, so I'm struggling to find a balance. Do you think some children are just more self-motivated, self-seeking by nature, or is it a teaching/parenting thing? Any advice? :tongue_smilie:
  11. Is anyone here familiar with Thomas Jefferson Education? From the little research I've done so far, in the early years TJed is very different from the WTM approach, but later on, in the highschool years it seems to me that they become rather similar. I'm wondering if I'm right in my understanding... I'm looking into a brand new public charter school starting next year which will be following the TJed method. The school will start with 7-9th grade and then add on the following grades. My son will be starting the 7th grade, possibly skipping into 8th. I am yet to speak with the person in charge of developing the curriculum to see how exactly the school will be run. I may even be in posision to offer suggestions, so if you have any, please share. So basically, any objections to TJed?
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