21st-century Home Education, my version

Home Education, on its own, can be quite a daunting task to take upon oneself, …especially if you are a single dad or a single mom!
On the other hand, which might just turn out to be your Maker’s Hand (Yeshua, His Right Hand  … a type of the name “benyamin,” which means “son [ben] of the right hand [yamin]”), …
… if you are, in truth, a true child of The All-Mighty One, YHWH, then you are destined to have children who will “do exploits.”  ! !

Now, if you have chosen to educate them as much as possible at your place where your family resides, then make the most of it, by getting to know your neighbors, for one thing!
You may find, by doing this, that your Maker has gone before you to arrange for you to dwell, on earth, next door (so to speak) to a number of very gifted people, … gifted in areas of knowledge, or ability, that are the areas in which “you” are gifted, let’s say.
Got it?

YHWH is so far ahead of us parents!
And, He has arranged for you to meet up with others, who may not live next door to you, but who live near enough that your children can gain valuable skills by associating with these folks!  yay!
God (YHWH) has done it again, by setting this up for you and your children, so you can see He has been at work, setting all of these “learning situations” up, for centuries (understatement)!  ha ha  (the joke is on you and on me, my friends!)

Use everything you can observe with your human eyes, even tree branches you and your children can see from a window, …
… or an animal you both can view in its natural habitat, … a turkey if you live in the countryside, … or a deer, or a hawk, or an owl, or a groundhog, or a beaver, or a skunk, or an armadillo (we saw plenty of those while in Texas!), or a snapping turtle, or a “regular” turtle (I forget the variety; time to go to the encyclopedia, to look it up by its “turtle variety” — ha ha) that is large enough to see clearly while you are driving slowly down a country lane, … or any of a long list of birds that dwell near you, … or a coyote, or a black bear (we live near the Cherokee National Forest; I don’t see those from my house window, but am aware they were seen by others across a country road and up a hillside, by others who lived on the same road I used to live on!  The neighbors, there, told us “there is a bear family” that’s lived in that large hill for years!  But, they never bother anybody!” — wow!!), or a cougar, or … well, you get the idea….
Take photos of the ones you can see.  Let your children take time to draw them.  Discuss what each of you can look up (in reference books) and learn about each animal / bird you observe from where you live, or from where you may venture to, on a given day, while running errands, let’s say.
Do scientific studies on the ones you’ve observed:  set aside one notebook, or binder with paper in it, for sketches (quick drawings), and written notes, and for samples, if your family prefers to collect leaves, flowers, herbs / plants, tree bark (don’t tell the tree huggers nearby!  They might turn you in to the greenie police!  ha ha), or small pebbles, small rocks, etc.  (you get the idea)  { Yes, I know nobody can “save” a rock or a stick inside a binder or notebook.  You know where you’d prefer to “save” or “store” those! }
Analyze your specimens.  ( I like that word!  Do you? )
Decide what you want your children, depending on their ages, to do:   chemical analyzing?   biological analyzing?    structural analyzing?    metabolic / molecular analyzing?  — Decide how specific you want those “analyses” (sp?) to be.  Then, tell your children what kind of written info, and what kind of verbal / audio info, you’d like them to use to prove the extend of their studies they will do, on each specimen.

And, this is only what you might do, with regard to “Science.”  woohoo!
There are many more things you could do.   But, others have written much about that!
I will merely mention “some stuff (what I’ve mentioned),” here.  (( smile ))
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Now, let’s tackle “English.”
Because others, once again, have shared volumes about what they’ve done to educate their children about the “school subject” most call “English,” I will (once again) only share “some stuff” that I prefer to do, with regard to us (my children and I) learning it, and … trying to learn it very well.

English is a large topic to try to study, even while your children have four years to learn what they can, to master it, … in high school, … while preparing for college / university, …or while preparing for real life, as some call it.  ( ha ha )
At this point, I will digress:  Real Life.  That is a term that others, who simply have no idea what home education is, try to “use” against us, … as if we, as parents, are not old enough to realize the difference between “classroom life” and “real life.”  Of course, what those same people will tell you to your face, seriously!, is something like this:
Don’t you realize your children won’t be prepared for “real life,” if you teach them at home?

Oh!  Like I don’t have any idea how limited *I* was, by having to attend a public school (a pretty good one, at the time) during my middle school and my high school years?  And, by the way, also by having to attend …
( my parents’ choice; I had another choice I worked hard to convince them would have been a great idea!  oh well…  Will share that story another time, but hopefully, soon!  Keep tuning in, friends! )
… a state-sponsored university (in the same town where I had lived near to, for the past 6 years before I graduated and began attending that university)?
We, who are in our 30s, or 40s, or (in my case, nowadays) in our 50s, … simply do not have enough sense, as Christians, or as passionate believers in Yeshua The Promised Messiah of God / ELohim YHWH, … to recognize the difference between what our children are “learning” and what “real life” is??!
I tend to notice my “passionate side” turning on (ouch!), immediately.  … it automatically does that, actually, the moment someone voices that “real life” thing to me!  ouch!

Seriously, why do people listen to so many of the lies spouted out, on tv, of the mouths of (so-called) reporters ( journalists they are called  — I have to wonder what any of them might write in a personal journal, if they were to write in one, nowadays ), who simply went to a secular, state university, as I had to (due to an academic scholarship, okay?  duh), and took the required course (I did not like being limited to the “required courses!!”) and earned enough credits to be allowed to graduate … and be, once again, “free” to learn some “real life” stuff, as I call it.  duh

Well, if I manage to calm myself enough, at that point, once the other person (usually rather old) has voiced that “real life” statement of theirs, which I am so aware is just based on lies they have been propagandized by tv to “figure” is the “truth” about what home education must result in, …
… if I do manage to calm myself, I (then) respond with my scientific, factual side of myself sharing with that person (who is simply ignorant of the real facts about home education) the statistics that have, long ago, proven that colleges, universities, and employers, actually (hugely!) prefer to allow students who’ve been home educated (not by parents in those weird, unbalanced, even wicked family situations in which — the tv news has definitely propagandized this topic! — the student is either beaten and tied to a tree and left there for days! … and the parents tell the ‘news reporter’ or “the local authorities” that “they were” homeschooling him.  aagh!  Really?!  I’d like to get the opportunity to just put my hands around that mama’s neck and say to her, with plenty of anger coming through my face:  who do you think you are, to suddenly claim you have been homeschooling that young man, whom you treated that way!!???  aagh!  I’d really “lose it,” if I had the opportunity to talk with “that” mama!  And, what would I do with that dad, if there is one in a family like that one?  ouch!  I’d have several karate-type moves I’d prefer to use, on him!  But, I can sound awful, by admitting this!  These are things we may think about doing, but would never do!  I never would!  Just … trying to paint for you a picture of what can go through our human side of our minds, when hearing a news story about such an incident going on, in a neighboring state, like NC!  aagh!  Makes me want to either cry, or go to the racquetball court, or the tennis court, and hit a bunch of racquet balls real hard, for a while, until my emotions and my adrenalin “cool down,” big time!!  whooo.  Okay, now I feel better!  Anyone ever heard of the story Abraham Lincoln told, about the time when he wrote a letter [ he did this more than once, he said ] … and later, he threw it into the fireplace at his cabin, or house, … because he knew he’d better not give it to the person to whom it was written.  And, that was when he was a lawyer or was soon to become one, in Illinois!  … long, long ago….   oh well.  Look it up, some time!  That is the “idea” wihtin what I have ben sharing about a family that did that to a teenaged son, and it was put on the news, as if homeschooling families “do that” all the time.  I don’t think so!  Not the ones I’ve known since 1990 and 1991 !!  hello!  somebody needs to wake up!!  But, the news media, and the ones who own the media corporations that tell the reporters what to report and how to report it, … honestly, friends, somebody needs to shut them down!  And, there are plenty of other news sources, out there!  duh  I use the internet for the news I choose!  Hey, I think everyone should learn to use the web, so they can, finally, find where the “actual truth” version of newsy info is being shared!  duh

“Real life,” from what I’ve observed of it during my 58 years, … is more like this:
whatever you go through, during your own life.   And, that may include your attending some years ( 12 – 13 ) of your own life being subjected to what some may think of as “real life,” but you know it was spent in an unnatural, laboratory- (and-not-real-life) based situation with you in various classrooms with up to (in my case) 28 (and up to 100) other young people, or children, there who are within 12 months of your own age, usually.  And, the one teaching you all (that’s not a southern phrase; it comes from the man, most call Paul, in the apostolic writings of the first century) has been indoctrinated (ask one, a teacher who’ll be honest with you, about this fact) into a system that teaches him or her “herd management.”  That is actually what “they” call it!  (the former ones, who have been home educating their own children during the past two decades; those are the ones who told me this, friends!)  So, though The written Word of ELohim (God, to many of you, and to me, for much of my life) YHWH, states that our youth, our children, if we want them to learn wisdom that God wants them to learn and develop inside their own souls, … are not to associate closely with “only” those who are “their peers” (my wording; am not yet quoting the verse that states this, the verse I have in mind, specifically.  There are other verses; it is obvious from studying even a little of The written Word of God / ELohim that YHWH, the Maker of heaven and earth, never intended children, or young people, to be “educated” in an environment so unnatural as to place them in a building, duh, …
… and in a room with others who are within 12 months of their age, … only, …
… and being taught by a person who does not necessarily (but might) have much, or any, personal knowledge or understanding or wisdom that one has learned, and allowed to develop deep inside his or her being, the soul, … !!!
duh

With that in mind, I usually finish quoting the statistics I am aware of, from the most recent research that’s done, by employers, by college / university administrators, … regarding the comparison of how home-educated students “perform,” as they call it, academically, … and as to how these same students “perform” while on any job they endeavor to become employed at.  ( yes, for those who are English professors reading this, or teachers in high-school-level public or private schools, there are actually “some points” I will make, in what I write, … which over-use “…” as well as misuse “prepositions.”  I like it that way!  I am no longer in a system that tells me I can “never” do that!  ha ha Have those people ever read a newspaper, or magazine, article that’s so memorable (or a novel, especially one by a writer like Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain) simply because the author “did not” follow all “the rules” of American English use?   You all get the point!  The rest of you may now go on and read something written by someone else.  ( smile )

So, with English as the subject / topic I had hoped to focus on (see?  you all get it, but those who are grammar nazis … are thinkin’ about leavin’ me a comment, …right??!   ha ha  I understand!  I actually think like you all!), here are several thoughts that help me as I try to point my children in what I see as the right direction with regard to them mastering the English language, American style, as my (now no longer alive) British-born mom-in-law used to call it.  She said:  You (to her American-born son and family) do not speak English.  You speak American.   And, she was right!  I miss her stories that were from her childhood growing up in Gloucestershire!  oh my!  What stories she could tell!

  1.  use well-written literature, that you read to your children, as one of the main bases (pronounced:  bays-ees;  plural of basis) for any English (school subject) lesson you endeavor to teach to your children;
  2.  use the Bible, and read especially the poetry, and also the writings in the “books” of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, … as well as the remainder of the apostolic writings of the first century (first 100 years of A.D. or of C.E.).   You may choose to read “the stories” that were shared of what Yeshua (his mama called Him that; they spoke Hebrew and some Aramaic, most likely) did while on the earth;
  3.  use your well-used (I hope it is!) dictionary of your choice; play games like “dictionary,” a game in which everyone gets a small piece of paper, plus a pencil.  Then, the one person in the group who is holding the dictionary being used … gets to look up a word and read aloud each one he / she finds that he / she wants to use as “the word we will all try to define” on our pieces of paper.  This way, if everyone is honest, any word that anyone in the group already knows the actual, true definition of … is eliminated.  Then, that person reads another word, and you go through all that again, until … he / she finds a word that no one in the group knows the actual definition of.  yay!  Then, the “reader” or “word chooser” only reads the word, and spells it for anyone who needs it spelled out.  Then, next, each one writes down a definition they make up.  Now, the fun of this game is:  each person who writes such a clever definition that no one can tell if it actually might be the real one … gets 5 points, I think.  The “reader” or “chooser” also writes down one of the actual dictionary defintions, but a rather short one, probably, and one that he / she changes the wording of, so that it is much more creative, and sounds like one someone might make up.  This game is hilariously fun to play, if done among creative people.  Children have a blast playing it and actually, while enjoying the fun of it, they end up learning a number of words and their correct meanings.  yay!
  4.  use a set of Legos and Dominoes to help your children (young ones, usually) learn math with these.  Since many others have already taught you all about this method, I won’t go into it, unless a bunch of people leave me comments asking how these items can be used to help children learn mathematical concepts.  There are actually quite a few things one can learn while using Legos … or while playing with Dominoes, on a table at home;   … and that is a very nice to start!  (sorry!  had to use that line from the movie entitled Mary Poppins….)
  5.  use a set of marbles and a shooter marble, to help children learn concepts / principles of science.  You can use them with such learning tools as a toy that used to be called “Marble Works.”  I don’t keep up with companies that offer toys any more, since all my children are grown, or mostly grown.  But, … you all know, or can learn via youtube or through Aurora Lipper’s absolutely brilliant science program called Super-Charged Science.
    http://www.superchargedscience.com/
    Aurora, an actual rocket scientist who worked at NASA when she was 17 years old, and … has (well, she has a lot of degrees!) plenty of knowledge of Physics for you to choose to allow her to teach your children, with so much fun in her lessons that I could become convinced to attempt to finish a BS at a university in the field of Physics, if only She Was The Professor, there!  That’d be super-great!  But, she chooses, wisely, to home educate her own children!  So, she developed a wonderfully successful, and fun-filled science education program, that I have tried out, and it is fantastic!  You should go to the link, above, and check it out, for sure!!
  6.  use a local creek, stream, brook or pond, … or a river that is safe for your children to be in, at the edge of it, or to stand very close to, without your having a heart attack while your child is doing that, …
    … and do as many fun Chemistry, or Biology, or even Physics, experiments as your heart desires!  Oh my!  What fun to live near any one of these forms of flowing or moving water!  I love all my experiences around water, from when I was quite young, until recently!  There is something about water, and our heavenly Father’s creation of it, and what He has put into its components, that seem to greatly puzzle the evos … because they can’t seem to duplicate it, exactly.  That seems to frustrate many of them, terribly!  ha ha