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Subject: help
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 1:12 PM ET
Member Since: 10/10/2006
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my daughter is homeschooling her 3/12 year old son (just stared 3 weeks ago).  she is using child directed learning.  at the moment, he is fascinated by the human body.  i have sent him age appropriate books on the body, and particulary into skeleton system.  he has learned the name of every bone and can tell what each bone does.  she struggled and agonized over the decision, which i fully support.  her husband just wants the kid to get a good education, so, since he trusts her, he is on board.   i just purchased a roman numeral poster for him, since kirstin says she was never taught that (oops!!)  he is a thirsty little sponge.  i am sending books as fast as i can figure out what might help her.  they live in canada, so she has a distance issue.  what can i do?  how can i support her?  i had no chance to homeschool my children and i know both of them have  suffered.  please advise

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 1:40 PM ET
Member Since: 10/5/2005
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I'm sorry, Linda, but i'm not sure the age of the son from what you wrote. if he is only 3 1/2 he is way ahead of the curve, and you are doing an excellent job supporting her just the way you have been. Even if he is 12 years old, it sounds like you are a great support to her . . .

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 4:14 PM ET
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I thought maybe she meant 12 y.o. in third grade... but that is wrong, 3rd graders are 8-9 y.o. I thought she might have meant tripellets, but it didn't sound like that either. Have you bought some A&P coloring books? That is a fun way to learn the Anatomy / human body type stuff. By the time a child is in third grade - or 12, whichever - if they are old enough for 'child directed' learning, they are old enough to help plot out a 'good education'. Try buying so software, workbooks or books the direct 'what your child should know in this grade' or 'Everything for this grade', and have him help make sure he is covering all the subjects. I have a long list of products I want that do not exist. Here's one: I want a set of playdough molds for A&P class, so I can make playdough versions of every part of the human body... srrsly, it is common in college A&P classes to be asked to make 'models' of things - from whatever each student choses to use - the students tend to get creative on this - using playdough, jeloo, bread dough and baking it, legos, pretzels and marshmellows, ect. If He likes the A&P coloring books, there are later ones - Physology ones, microbio ones. GL. Have fun.
Date Posted: 11/4/2008 10:26 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2007
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How about sending her some books on homeschooling?  Home Learning Year-by-Year offers what is appropriate for each grade level as well as a great wealth of resources for her to use.  There are many books like that at the library which you could get for yourself, too, which might guide you on what to send to her.  Being as supportive as you are is the best gift you can give.


Date Posted: 11/5/2008 10:26 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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You might give her a gift subscription to The Old Schoolhouse.  It's my favorite HS'ing magazine.


They always have great freebies for new subscribers (or renewals).  It's packed full of ideas and helps.  It has a Christian viewpoint, but also has articles (and advertising) for secular HS'ers.

I also am confused about the age of your DGS.  I bet he'd love Kids Discover magazine.  There's also a great Canadian science magazine, but for the life of me I can't recall the title.  We have nearly 100 KD magazines and LOVE them.  They are 24-pages each, NO ADVERTISING, and focus on one topic per edition - from science, to history, to current events.


You can see samples online.  You might also want to give your DD a subscription to their educator site.


six-year HS'er

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 11:44 AM ET
Member Since: 4/3/2007
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This is from Linda's PBS profile:   "i am a doting grandmother, but i live in missouri and my daughter lives in toronto, so i don't get to dote very much. her oldest is 3 1/2 and he has  a 1 week old sister.my son is expecting his first child in nov."

It looks like that grandson is three and a half years old. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 10:47 AM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2007
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It is always good to encourage kids to seek what they are interested in.  Games are good to encourage this as well. A game like "operation" is a fun way to see where organs are and this is a good game to improve hand eye coordination and small motor skills.

Taking him to activities and museums is an excellent way to expand his vocabulary. 

Be sure to provide books at his level of reading too, so he is not frustrated.  He also needs books with beginning reader vocabulary.

I highly recommend finding leveled books like the step readers that are specifically, scientifically, designed to phonetically expand student's reading skills.

Good luck!