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From: nashjill (pat1.vanderbilt.edu)
Subject:         Re: panic attack - take a break - step back - try unit study
Date: October 22, 2007 at 10:27 am PST

In Reply to: panic attack posted by Carol on October 19, 2007 at 1:53 pm:

My best friend has accused us of unschooling (LOL) so I'll take a crack at this. To me, it sounds like you all need a break! I find I make my WORST decisions in a panic. I would take him to a library and have him decide what he wants to learn about for that week. Get him interested in a topic, and build from there. Make all of his penmanship practice out of books from that topic. Art, math, history, all of the above can usually be based out of a theme - a unit study. And when you find that thing that turns them on - it can be hard to slow them down sometimes! My DD is on India right now - and this stemmed out of a unit on fashion design. My DS is my little chef in the making - culinary arts has fueled forays into historical cooking, literary lessons in the Little House series - and other fun cooking books - math, chemistry, learning about herbs, and the list goes on.
Try just having fun with learning and hopefully it will take on a life of its own! The supposed "gaps" will fill in as he grows. And don't be fooled - public and private school kids have "gaps" too!!!


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