My oldest son is four years old and my daughter is 2 ½. They both really like to watch TV. I try to limit the amount of TV they watch, but I’ll admit that sometimes I’m thankful for the 30 minutes of peace I can get from popping a DVD into the player. Since my kids watch at least 30 minutes of TV a day, I make sure the content is educational. The DVDs listed below are some of my top choices as a parent. So while I’m cooking dinner, making a grocery list, or just needing a few minutes to myself, these are some of the DVDs my children really enjoy. Most of them can be checked out for free at your local library. I read an article about math teaching a few years back and one teacher’s comment really stood out. The teacher said that the way he’s required to teach math, it’s almost impossible for students to learn. A second grade teacher called into a radio show I was listening to and said that because of state standards she wasn’t able to spend enough time introducing fractions. As a result, she said many students went into third grade without adequate preparation to learn more advanced material. The teacher knew her students were going into the next grade unprepared to learn but her hands were tied in dealing with it. Teachers are often ineffective because they are forced to work with ineffective curricula, textbooks and worksheets, not because they lack teaching ability or knowledge.
Thank you ML. Have just waved eldest off to college this morning. He is really enjoying it and his tutors are very pleased with him. They keep wondering why he has no GCSEs but they say he can use the college route to get to an HNC or degree course. The conventional path is not the only one.
TJ Ed is an educational approach that is most fully realized when implemented within a homeschool environment; however, its principles can also be successfully applied in households where kids go off to school. As far as the (minor, imho) religious aspect of TJ Ed, seasoned homeschooling families regularly adjust curricula in general to suit their needs, whether that be to increase or decrease religiosity or adjust the focus on other viewpoints. Tailoring curricula is a wonderful educational skill for anyone to possess, homeschooling or not. Voted this great article up and useful!
Back in circa 1966 I had the opportunity to teach for a short time in a free school in the States modeled after Summerhill. Students could do what they wanted so long as it was not illegal, too unsafe, or against the rules of behavior that they democratically made. We teachers were told to only teach a student facts, how-to’s, or skills if and when the student asked, and we were to stay readily available for that.
Part of the individualized educational plan requires the determination of the child’s least restrictive environment (LRE). For the vast majority of children receiving an IEP, the least restrictive environment is a general education classroom (mainstream classroom). Many children receive speech services, resource room reading help, and other supportive measures and the environment that would least restrict their ability to succeed is the mainstream setting.
Vocabulary and spelling should also be taught with the rest of the curriculum and not separate from it. If the students are reading a novel, the spelling and vocabulary words should come from that novel. Everything should be related. Certain aspects of the curriculum cannot just be taught as separate entities within the curriculum. The students need to see a relation between different parts of the curriculum, and it is the teacher’s job to make the connection. If students can use schema to link ideas together, their retention rate will be much higher. Integrating vocabulary and spelling into the rest of curriculum can really enhance student learning and make the concepts more relevant to them.