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Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:49 pm
by OntheRoadtoReading
Funny, but I was not talking about "new math" or "whole language" (which hasn't been used in schools for over 30 years!!). Not keeping up with what works is short-sighted and irresponsible whether you are home schooling or not.

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:16 pm
by elliemaejune
OntheRoadtoReading wrote:Funny, but I was not talking about "new math" or "whole language" (which hasn't been used in schools for over 30 years!!). Not keeping up with what works is short-sighted and irresponsible whether you are home schooling or not.


Funny, but I knew you weren't talking about "new math" or "whole language." I was using those to point out the fact that professional educators do not have a corner of the market when it comes to keeping up with what works.

Most parents are not short-sighted and irresponsible, even if they do not "keep up with what works."

You said:
Preschool does require a curriculum. Look for one that is based on developmentally appropriate practices such a learning through play, pre-reading and pre-math skills, listening comprehension, fine and gross motor skills, executive functioning, etc.

Yes, that implies that you are promoting a formal structured curriculum (using "curriculum" in its the true meaning). And I say again that no, it is absolutely not necessary for parents to use a curriculum of any kind. Parents have been teaching their children through play, long before the educational experts got involved, and their children have learned pre-reading and pre-math skills, listening comprehension, find and gross motor skills, executive functions, etc., all without a curriculum. They will continue to do so.

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:47 pm
by OntheRoadtoReading
Sorry to hear how negative you are towards learning about what works. It sounds as though your attitude will keep you from learning.

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:46 pm
by elliemaejune
OntheRoadtoReading wrote:Sorry to hear how negative you are towards learning about what works. It sounds as though your attitude will keep you from learning.


Oh, I am all about learning what works. I am not interested in learning about the methods that professionals have come up with to teach children who are institutionalized instead of being home with their parents.