Education, on the other hand, opens the mind, encourages a search for truth and develops a mind that can engage critically with many different ideas. While this method may not be possible or desirable for most homeschooling parents there are aspects of it that parents can definitely implement. A focus on the classics and discussions can be hugely beneficial to a child’s education and can easily be used alongside a more traditional curriculum.
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Thank you, Judi Bee. I know of several teachers who decided to take the home-ed route after becoming disillusioned with the system. Yes, the National Curriculum in the UK is far from ideal. One of the things with home-ed is that the child is able to focus on one topic, let’s say pre-history or script-writing or music and delve into it as deeply as they wish. They can leave that subject all together or return to it at a later time.
Why not have your own party at home and play lots of party games. This is particularly good if you have more than one child at home. Ideas include musical statues or balloon games. Blow up a balloon and see how long it takes to burst the balloon if you sit on it. Or see how long you can keep a balloon up in the air for. Hit the balloon to one another or play catch with balloons. My son loves simple games like this.
At 3 years old, you don’t need a formal educational activity plan. Just make learning fun. Don’t forget to read books and sing songs. You can learn vocabulary, numbers, colors and letters through toys, play, talking, singing, going on outings and other everyday activities. They can also learn a lot by playing with their toys.
All of these other countries are teaching and testing homogenious groups of students. We are teaching students from other countries (ESL), some which don’t value education. We expect these students to be proficient in math AND reading when some are not even literate in their first language! Educators have become the scapegoats for politicians. I would bet money that less than 10% have ever taught in a public school before their political careers.