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 147817 colonists geniuses? [i.e., why did our colonial forefathers have literacy rates close to 90 percent?]. No,repparttar 147818 truth is that reading, writing, and arithmetic only take about 100 hours [italics added] to transmit as long asrepparttar 147819 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 147820 help of learn-to-read phonics workbooks and computer software. Three hundred hours, divided byrepparttar 147821 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 147822 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 147823 time a child wastes in public school torepparttar 147824 time average home-schooling parents need to teach their childrenrepparttar 147825 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 147826 educators say, ‘on task.’ Nearly 900 hours, or eighty percent, are squandered on what are essentially organizational matters.”

“In contrast,repparttar 147827 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 147828 public school child, whose day is largely taken up by non-task activities,repparttar 147829 homeschooled child has ample time left each day to take part in other activities — athletics, art, history, etc. . .”

Parenting---Roots and Wings

Written by Kim Olver

I’m sure many of you have heard that old Hallmark card adage that goes something like this: Parents give their children two great gifts---one is roots,repparttar other is wings. This is what I address in this article.

As parents, we pray for our children’s safety, health and happiness. We do everything we know to help make these things happen for them.

At some point in our lives, we developedrepparttar 147783 principles and values that guide our life decisions. Our parents and/or caregivers certainly had influence over this but not complete determination. Some of us gladly adoptedrepparttar 147784 values of our parents and continue to live by them today. Some of us so completely rejected our parents values that our decisions are determined by doingrepparttar 147785 exact opposite of what we believe our parents would do.

Most of us, however, are somewhere inrepparttar 147786 middle---we have accepted some of our parents values and rejected others. This is a normal process of development. As parents, though, we really fight that period in our children’s lives when they are attempting to differentiate themselves from us.

Maybe it is because we fear for their safety in their decision-making. Maybe we can see that they are engaging in unhealthy behavior or heading down a life path that will ultimately lead to unhappiness. Whateverrepparttar 147787 reason, we get scared if our children’s values differ too much from our own.

What can we, as parents, do? First of all, as we raise our children, we are helping to strengthen their roots. This isrepparttar 147788 first gift a parent gives their child. How does one strengthen roots? We tend, we nurture, we feed, we cultivate---all to develop strong roots.

Sharing our value system with our children is critical to this process. In sharing values, remember that people pay more attention to what they see, as opposed to what they hear. Therefore, if you are a parent who tells your children it is wrong to smoke while you are toking on your cigarette, know that their interpretation of smoking will likely be different from what you are verbally espousing.

A developmental task of adolescence is separation and individuation. This isrepparttar 147789 time when children are attempting to separate themselves from their parents to an extent. It can be a very frightening time for parents. What do we do? This isrepparttar 147790 time forrepparttar 147791 second parental gift---wings.

We want to give our children gradual “flying” lessons. Children are not ready to go fromrepparttar 147792 total and complete shelter of their parents’ protection to being absolutely out on their own. This must be a gradual process.

Dr. Nancy Buck, in her book Peaceful Parenting, says it best. “We limit freedom for as long as it takes to teach responsible behavior and then we give backrepparttar 147793 freedom.” We want our children learningrepparttar 147794 precarious process of making decisions while they are still under our semi-protection.

Duringrepparttar 147795 teen years isrepparttar 147796 perfect time to allow our teens to beginrepparttar 147797 process of deciding what their own set of values will be. If you have done a good job withrepparttar 147798 roots and you handlerepparttar 147799 next part with a minimum of confrontation, thenrepparttar 147800 value process will go relatively smoothly.

Remember, your teen is doing nothing different than you did. The only difference is that you were wrestling with your parents’ values and your teen is wrestling with YOUR values. It has a very different feel to it, but it isrepparttar 147801 same nonetheless. You may say that your value system works just fine for you and your teen needs to see thingsrepparttar 147802 same way you do. However,repparttar 147803 reality is that you cannot know what is best for another person, including your children. You are not them. You do not occupy their skin. Only they can truly decide what is best for themselves and then they will have to live withrepparttar 147804 consequences of their decisions.

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