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October 15, 2007


Daniel Felsted

Time is truly a homeschooler's best friends. There is always pressure to perform to societies standards.

Resist them and the pressure that you will receive from neighbors and acquaintances. We all have our seasons. If they are not there yet their time will come.

My daughter, who is learning to read, is learning that it is up to her to educate herself. We set the example, we mentor, we read and read to her. She sees that we read and that reading is important to us. She is following our example.

Use time to your advantage. Thanks for the post.


Yes, yes, and the other aspect of this advantage is that while we can ease off the gas and cruise when we need to float, we can also step on it and zoom when we need to zoom. So a child doesn't have to spend six months learning something they can grasp in an afternoon. When I think about the mind-numbing pace of an elementary school math curriculum, and how a child who's ready to get it and move on would have to sit there and repeat, repeat, drill, drill, review, review, etc. it just seems criminal. When you ask everyone to stay at the same pace, you are *accepting* that some will be struggling to keep up and some will be impatient to speed on. That's just so unacceptable, on both ends. I've seen my child on both sides, and I'm so grateful for the accelerator and the brake! After experiencing this luxury, cruise control would just be awful.

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