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So some of the things that stuck out to me were just different methods of doing things. Someone brought up a good point of not starting your homeschool day out with the things your kids aren't interested in. If they like math have them do it first, or reading first or whatever. They said often the things they aren't interested in then become a chore or a punishment "You can't do your ... until you finish ..." Then by the time they are done, they are frustrated and uninspired and just want to quit. So they never get the love of learning inspiration to keep going.
The other one was The Thomas Jefferson Education and how to inspire our kids to love to learn. If they don't like one subject, do everything you can to inspire them to learn it. The author of the book talked about how one mom had a son who was obsessed with Martial Arts. She said "I can't get him to do anything else, math, nothing." He suggested she learn everything she could about it herself. She got her son to learn Japanese, learn about the culture, learn about the physiology of it, physics, math all from Martial Arts and today she and her son speak Japanese and she has a black belt. He said every week he counsels with his kids to know what it is that they want to do. Then they all learn it together. Once he tried to help his son learn a language, he was thinking Spanish since both of him and his wife speak it. His son says "I know what I want to learn, Klingon!" So his son and his wife learned to speak Klingon. Anyway, it was so great to hear ideas of how to inspire them and make them passionate just by following their interests.
There were a bunch of other things, but those were some main ones. My Dh really liked how this one lady talked about your kids being who they are regardless of home or public school. They will be shy or outgoing no matter what. And he also said he liked the idea she had that if something tragic happens and you are having a hard time teaching- go back to the basics, reading, writing and arithmetic.
I got some more Usborne books. DD has been asking me about her bones and her brain so I got her a book about the body. She loves it so far. Anyway, just thought I would share.
Married 7 years to my wonderful Dh