This excellent little ebook is an excerpt from the book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn.
From the introduction:
When children reach the Understanding Level, homeschooling becomes more interesting! Early teens are developing into thinking, reasoning, questioning creatures. They are no longer content to know what happened; they want to know why.
Alas, at this level, many parents become distressed, because the curriculum is becoming more difficult, and the children are asking more complex questions. We are no longer allowed to teach mere capitalization rules and addition facts. We must now begin to exercise our minds with our children. Because these children are developing the ability to think abstractly, we parents are being challenged to move out of our post-secondary-school-days comfort zone. As a result, many parents retire from homeschooling, and send their children off to a classroom school.
But this is not at all the time to give up. We encourage parents to persevere to the end. Remember, homeschooling is for parents. The children are coming along for the ride. How many of us went through school without learning anything in general, or without remembering anything in particular? We were neither interested nor motivated. We were simply serving our twelve year sentence. We now have another opportunity to learn these things as we teach them to our children. We have the opportunity to learn such things as:
• The math we never understood.
• The science from a Christian instead of from a naturalistic perspective.
• The history they never taught us.
• The classical language they never offered us.
• The logic they never allowed us to use.
Homeschooling saves two generations: first the parents, then the children.
Children in the Understanding Level should be more independent in their studies, and, in certain subjects, they should need less academic one-on-one attention from their parents. At this level, the amount of time the parents spend teaching hinges upon what kind of curricula they use. In some subjects, self-teaching materials are available, which may reduce the amount of input needed by the parent.
The details of what can be done with your children at this age, along with examples of how to do it, are then explained in this ebook. Highly recommended!
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