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From: Shelly (
Subject:         Re: want a change for next year
Date: July 29, 2007 at 10:53 am PST

In Reply to: want a change for next year posted by Wendi Grant on June 25, 2007 at 10:22 am:

My first advice would be to relax. I know it's hard, but kids learn better when things are more relaxed and fun.

The curriculum is not important, the children are. In my experience curriculum can be like trying to put a square peg into a round hole. When the child is allowed to choose, they are more invested.

We stay away from textbooks as much as we can. Other books have the same information and are much more interesting and easier to understand. The library is a wonderful place to explore what subjects are interesting. It is easy to teach without textbooks until they hit high school.

Should is different for every person. The things one should know depend on the path that each person chooses. The basics are covered in each direction. They all naturally require reading, spelling, math, etc... All you have to do is find the thing that motivates each child and build on it. As the child changes the things that motivate them will change too. Think about what you wanted to be when you grew up. It changed many times. As kids discover new things they lead them to more new things. It is your job to encourage them to delve deeper.

For my son the thing that motivated him to learn to read was theater. He wanted a big part. He needed to read to learn lines. He did.

Don't worry about high school yet. Just give your kids the space they need to find a love of learning. That love is the most important thing. After that they will learn how to learn. Once you know how to learn, you can learn anything.

This is a little rambling, hope it helps.

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