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From: Kathi Arbogast (
Date: December 11, 2012 at 10:56 am PST

In Reply to: REFERENCE TO UNSCHOOLING HIGHSCHOOL...Please Read! posted by tam w on May 25, 2008 at 10:29 pm:

I have home schooled 3 graduates and currently have a 10th grader and 5th grader.I have tried to diversify the learning styles and curriculum. I hand pick and try to get the easiest, most enjoyable books for my children. I don't have the best track record, and not everything I have tried has been effective. If you have given your children the tools and they know how to learn, you have given them the basics. They may not have taken college prep courses, but if they want to go to college, I have found that that is the best motivator for anyone. Desire. If a child wants to do something, they will do whatever it takes to get where they want to go. Not knowing what they want to do is the greatest hindrance and is the hardest to drag out of a child, for a parent. You can't motivate someone who doesn't know what they want. It's not really your fault or theirs. Maybe they don't really know what their options are. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a wife and a mother (of lots of kids). I have a daughter with the same aspirations. To a child like that, it is difficult to motivate them to learn Grammar or Math...what is the point. But when that child needs to balance the checkbook, they will show some interest because here is something that affects where they are and where they need to go. As far as math is concerned, my fifteen year old hated it. I found books by Danica McKellar, the first being, "Math Doesn't Suck", and "Kiss My Math", "Hot X Algebra Exposed" and "Girls Get Curves-Geometry Takes Shape". These books are written for girls, about girls and will help a disgruntled math student find new meaning and interest in the dreaded subject. For my youngest, I found "Life of Fred" books. I decided a long time ago, that even though I liked the concept of unschooling, I would need to teach them to read and they would have to have math instruction. I read books to them, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia Swiss Family Robinson. All 5 of my home schooled children are avid readers but they don't love math and I have tried many different methods. (Math-It, Ray's Arithmetic, Saxon, ABeka, Geometry for Dummies, Essential Math, Math Made Easy, computer programs, etc., etc.) God led me to home school many years ago and He hasn't told me to stop. I try to follow His leading, but sometimes seem to miss the mark, but I will continue and leave the results to him. If you look back over the years, I doubt that you will regret the time that you have had with your children. They would have been in public school, gone 8 to 10 hours a day for 12 years, being taught by people you know nothing about and they would have the most influence with your children. The Bible teaches us to train up a child in the way they should go....that's us, the parents, not anyone else.

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