Four pillars of homeschooling

1. Both parents at home.

2. Parents learn to teach themselves, and train the children to self teach right from the beginning.  The children should teach the subjects they are studying to the parent-teacher.  Math and physics professors have discovered that teaching freshman courses and refreshing the basics year after year made them more proficient in their narrow, highly specialized field of study. So be patient and kind with your young children teaching you sums and multiplication tables and retelling you the plots of the storybooks they are reading. You are laying the groundwork for a child who will be in charge of his own learning and development, and who will “launch” into adulthood in late teens or early 20’s

3. Emphasis on math

4. Daily outside time for several hours, to prevent mood disorders and facilitate calmness and intellectual curiosity. Understimulation and a calm environment, as Waldorf schools do


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3 Responses to Four pillars of homeschooling

  1. Mr. Rational says:

    I’d add languages to your emphasis on math.

    It is very difficult to learn new languages past childhood.  If you’re going to really learn classical Greek, Latin, modern derivatives like French, Russian or Mandarin it is best to start young while the language-acquisition pathways are still fresh.

    Teach not just science, but also mythology and fairy tales.  Put down that foundation of ideas and referents that the culture is based on.

  2. Rob says:

    I agree but math is so important I don’t want to dilute the message.

    We aren’t getting elbowed out of the middle class by indians for lack of foreign language ability, but for lack of STEM ability.

  3. Bluebird says:

    After reading of your emphasis on becoming a calculus superman I went in search of some facts, such as the following:

    Basically, engineers nowadays hardly use calculus but rather engineering software and when they use a knowledge of calculus it is only to tell if the results from the software are making sense. That is, a basic familiarity with ODEs.

    Statistics and algebra, however, are used by many engineering professionals, and the thousands of hours that you mention would be better spend on those.

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