Backyard Camping Trip

Written by Susanne Myers

Are your kids begging you to take them camping, but you just can’t findrepparttar time to take them on a camping trip? Or would you like to introduce your kids torepparttar 148012 fun of camping forrepparttar 148013 first time, but aren’t sure if they will enjoy it, or might get scared? Either way, camping out in your backyard will be a fun way to spendrepparttar 148014 evening and night with your kids.

Getrepparttar 148015 kids involved in setting up camp in your backyard. Have them help you set uprepparttar 148016 tent. Put them in charge of getting their sleeping bags, flashlights and anything else they may need intorepparttar 148017 tent. If it’s an option for you, you may even want to make a campfire in your backyard. Check with your fire department before hand if this is an option in your area. If not, just dig outrepparttar 148018 charcoal or gas grill. Grill some hotdogs and make some foil backed potatoes for dinner, and of course you’ll need some s’mores for desert. If you are roastingrepparttar 148019 marshmallows over your grill, put some aluminum foil overrepparttar 148020 grate to keeprepparttar 148021 melting marshmallow from dripping onto your grill.

Parents --- Homeschooling Can Take A Lot Less Time Than You Think

Written by Joel Turtel

The time you will need to teach your childrenrepparttar essentials — reading, writing, and arithmetic — is much less than you think. Let me quote author and former public-school teacher John Gatto from his wonderful book, Dumbing Us Down:

“Wererepparttar 148011 colonists geniuses? [i.e., why did our colonial forefathers have literacy rates close to 90 percent?]. No,repparttar 148012 truth is that reading, writing, and arithmetic only take about 100 hours [italics added] to transmit as long asrepparttar 148013 audience is eager and willing to learn.... Millions of people teach themselves these things. It really isn’t very hard...”

To be conservative, let’s assume that because you’re not an experienced teacher it takes you three hundred hours to teach your child these skills withrepparttar 148014 help of learn-to-read phonics workbooks and computer software. Three hundred hours, divided byrepparttar 148015 average six-hour public school day, comes out to fifty school days, which is about ten weeks or three months.

Let me emphasize this point — it could take you, or a tutor you pay, as little as three months to teach your child to read, write, and do simple arithmetic. Again, to be even more conservative, most children could learn these skills in one year if you (or a tutor) concentrated your instruction on these basics. Public schools take eight to twelve years of children’s lives, yet they turn out millions of high-school graduates who can barely read their own diploma or multiply 12 x15 without a calculator.

David Colfax and his wife Micki were public-school teachers turned ranchers who taught their four sons at home inrepparttar 148016 1970s and 1980s, and three of their sons eventually went to Harvard. They co-authored a book titled Homeschooling For Excellence, which describes their home-schooling experience. In their book, they comparedrepparttar 148017 time a child wastes in public school torepparttar 148018 time average home-schooling parents need to teach their childrenrepparttar 148019 basics. Here’s what they wrote:

“The numbers are straightforward and irrefutable. The child who attends public school typically spends approximately 1100 hours a year there, but only twenty percent of these—220—are spent, asrepparttar 148020 educators say, ‘on task.’ Nearly 900 hours, or eighty percent, are squandered on what are essentially organizational matters.”

“In contrast,repparttar 148021 homeschooled child who spends only two hours per day, seven days a week, year-round, on basics alone, logs over three times as many hours ‘on task’ in a given year than does his public school counterpart. Moreover, unlikerepparttar 148022 public school child, whose day is largely taken up by non-task activities,repparttar 148023 homeschooled child has ample time left each day to take part in other activities — athletics, art, history, etc...”

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