Random Monday

In CategoryNavel Gazing, Random Monday

I love the blog Home Learning Victoria. I always learn something. Rebecca talks about books and games and all sorts of interesting home ed things, and I often open an Amazon window so I can add things to my Wishlist. This post in particular touched me – Skip Those Teachable Moments.

Speaking of Home Learning Victoria, her review of the book Nurture Shock sent me to the library to check it out. The first chapter is on The Inverse Power of Praise and had so much amazing information in it, I read it aloud to my husband last Sunday morning. Has anyone else read this? If so, let’s discuss.

I went out to dinner last week with my best friend, L, and we talked a bit about home school and public school. Then she sent me this email:

“I would love for you to offer tips or thoughtful insights to parents that have their children in public school.  In other words, advice for those who don’t have the option of home schooling, but lean into the home schooling philosophies.”

Which I suppose serves me right, since I blathered on obnoxiously about learning environments and freedom and now I’m on the spot to put my money where my mouth is.

Dang it. Where the hell am I supposed to get a Thoughtful Insight?

L’s kids are (oh dear, I hope I get this right…) 14 and almost 16. They attend a small town public school. L is a very involved parent – going to every meeting, keeping track of grades, and making sure her kids are working to their abilities. Both the kids are on the advanced track in a few subjects, and they both play sports and do other extra-curricular activities. I can’t think of anything I’d tell her to do different, since I think she’s a great parent.


I know that all mah homies out there have/had kids in both environments and you guys probably have some awesomeness to offer. So bring on the advice, book recommendations, and suggestions.

See what I did there? I managed to sidestep the question AND sort of answer it!

Help a girl out, peeps.

Happy Monday!

3 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Melanie Says:

    My parents took us to concerts, plays, and museums. They took us hiking, fishing, and camping. They made us watch NOVA and the news, and made lots of reading suggestions. They asked us questions and made us answer them. They assigned extra algebra homework. They bought us rocket kits. I guess we were “afterschoolers,” but of course we didn’t label ourselves as such; it was just what we did in our free time. So, yeah. Just do stuff like that. 🙂
    Melanie´s last blog post ..The Humble Warshrag

  2. Michelle Hulse Says:

    We supplemented at home (weekends & summers mostly) until we pulled my oldest out in second grade, and those early years are in some ways so much easier than high school. See, I taught public high school, and I know all the work those kids are sent home with, not to mention all the extra things they have to keep them busy (jobs, sports, clubs, friends, etc.). I remember the looks on the faces of those kids in my classes. Most of them were so physically, mentally, and emotionally (ack, hormones!) overextended that there wasn’t much more they could do in there free time except veg. Completely understandable.

    That said, I’d say encourage their interests and passions (first make sure they have passions, beyond the “get into a good college” goal), and it sounds like she’s already doing that. Beyond that, I’d say let them veg out with good quality stuff – take fun field trips or camping trips and watch those fantastic history and science channel shows together. We love to argue about the ancient aliens show. 🙂
    Michelle Hulse´s last blog post ..Drool

  3. Alex Meyerson Says:

    RE: Books, Hirsch really wrote his books (based on his Core Knowledge sequence) for people in that situation. The _What Your X Grader Should Know_ series. That goes preschool through 6th grade.

    _Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School_ is also quite valuable, IMHO.