Had such a good time last night. I got to hang out with Gabe and play board games at Geeksboro, a local coffee shop. A group called the Greenspielers gets together every Friday night to play and this was our first time going. We played In the Year of the Dragon and Fresco, both euro-games, and both the type of games I haven’t had the opportunity to play yet because of their complexity. Aside from Arkham Horror, none of the games we’ve purchased so far has been that complex. I’ve wanted to give the euro-game genre a try, but I was worried they would be too heavy for the groups we’ve been playing with, so this was a perfect opportunity. I’m so proud of Gabe. He picked them up quickly and played them both until the end. He seemed to really enjoy himself and says he is looking forward to next week, so the night was a success. I love getting to spend time with my son and we both enjoy playing board games together. I’m so glad we found this pastime!
This is my boy with the book he earned this summer. Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program where kids can earn a free book by reading books. The goal is to read eight books over the summer. I don’t know when it starts every year but you can turn in your completed reader journal from May 21 until Sept 3. We didn’t find out about it until July, which left us about 8 weeks to get it done. My son came into our homeschooling journey hating to read. It was like pulling teeth to get him to read a book. But we decided to try this challenge and I promised that I would read to him some to help him out. The only problem was that he would have to read a book a week to get it done. And I didn’t let him read easy books either. I didn’t require anything like Team of Rivals or Atlas Shrugged, but they were all at least 250 pages, so it was a really big deal for him to get through them. It wasn’t easy when we started but he started enjoying it as we went and he actually finished early! It has been really exciting to watch him progress to the point that he is actually excited about books now. We have started a list for him of books that he wants to read and he has set a goal of forty books for the year. This is the kid that nine weeks ago said he hated reading. The further we get into this journey, the more I love it!
Sad but not surprising. The system isn’t set up to reward intelligence or individuality. Instead they want to break the spirit and have all kids fit into the same mold. If they won’t, they drug them. From the article:
A genius boy whose IQ is higher than Albert Einstein is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after being set free of special education programs in public schools. His mother made the decision to take him out of the programs, even after having doctors diagnose him with ADD and say that her sonJacob Barnett would never even learn to tie his shoes. She describes in her book “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius” that she was afraid of trying to pull him out of school. “For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals. But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.”
Jacob was not thriving in special ed classes. He kept turning deeper into himself and was uncommunicative with other people. His doctors diagnosed ADD and prescribed medical treatment for the boy. When he wasn’t in therapy though, his mother noticed him doing amazing things. “He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we’ve visited and he would memorize every street.”
Jake dropped out of elementary school in the 5th grade. His incredible memory allowed him to attend university classes after he learned all of high school math in two weeks. Now he’s on track to graduate from college at age 14 and working on theories to build on Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Since everyone else has been posting “back to school” photos, here is our submission. We actually started back in July, but today we were returning from our first break, so I guess it counts. We translated our first Latin sentences today, learned about Hammurabi and the Israelites in slavery, did some beginning sentence diagramming, reviewed equivalent fractions, practiced narration, did some copy work, and learned that the Scriptures are a God inspired message to us. A fairly productive day. We also finished by 12:30, which is really nice. Tomorrow we plan to drive past our neighborhood school and wave as we go to do school in the park.
Very good points.
Every time I write or speak about college, I tend to upset many parents and other decent, educated people. They are righteously offended at the mere suggestion that college isn’t necessarily the only way to go. Angry mothers email to tell me that my “anti-college” message is polluting the minds of their children. They don’t want their kids to skip college and become hobos and drug addicts. This is understandable. I should know — I’m one of those malcontents who decided not to get a four year degree. And what a tragedy my life has been ever since I made that fateful decision.
I’d like to apologize to anyone I’ve upset by relaying my own experiences and perspectives. I am NOT anti-college. To prove it to you, I’ve written this Message About Education. Call your kids into the room, this is addressed to them:
Hi kids! Hey, let’s discuss college!…
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On Wednesday, I gave this talk at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta, Maine. I spoke alongside Erin Tuttle, Indiana mother against Common Core; Jamie Gass, of Pioneer Institute; Heidi Sampson, board member of the Maine State School Board, and Erika Russell, Maine mother against Common Core. I hope to publish the other speakers’ speeches here soon.
Speaking with legislators in Utah, I’ve learned that the number one concern that Utah constituents repeatedly bring up to representatives is the Common Core and its related data mining.
Utah has not yet followed the lead of Indiana, Michigan and other states in pausing and/or defunding the Common Core, but I believe Utah legislators will soon take a stand. They have to; the state school board and governor won’t, even though the Utah GOP voted on and passed an anti-common core resolution this year, and even though thousands…
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