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In response to the mother who feels she needs something more formal in the way of curriculum

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. From Amber B. We started homeschooling my son when he was four. 
We love the Bluedorn’s approach and have stuck to it because it fits
 our ideal of what a homeschool should be. My son is now soon to be nine
 […]

Delaying Formal Math

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. I just received your book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style a couple of days ago. I’ve been reading the article on math because that’s the area of my children’s schooling that seems to be least successful. My […]

Dysgraphia and Math

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

I just read the article Math and Pencils, and I wanted to share something that might prove helpful. I hope you will consider this information. My son was also allergic to his pencil. We used Saxon and he hated it. When we did the practice tests at the beginning of each lesson he would take […]

Delaying Formal Math

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

I purchased your book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style about a year ago. I am only now reading sections. I am thankful for your hard work and thought — that is evident in the book. I am looking for some advice/counsel. I’d like to start by giving you a small background, […]

Revolutionary War Math and Is It Too Late?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Taken from Drums by James Boyd (first published, 1925) The time is about five years before the War for Independence. The place, North Carolina. Thirteen-year-old Johnny has been sent from his backwoods home to Dr. Clapton (a Church of England pastor) in the nearest city to be tutored. He had been homeschooled up to that […]

Delaying Formal Math: History, Part 2

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Here is a link to an old encyclopedia called The Cyclopedia of Education. Although it was published over 100 years ago, there are a number of articles worth reading — they offer a different perspective from some of the modern encyclopedias. In particular, read the articles “Arithmetic” and “Arithmetic, Hygiene of.” Below is a quote […]

Delaying Formal Math: History, Part I

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Here is a link to an old encyclopedia called The Cyclopedia of Education. Although it was published over 100 years ago, there are a number of articles worth reading — they offer a different perspective from some of the modern encyclopedias. In particular, read the articles “Arithmetic” and “Arithmetic, Hygiene of.” Below is a quote […]

Delayed Formal Math

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Bluedorn, First of all, thank you for speaking at the CHEACT conference in Austin. My wife and I both benefited from all of your talks. We especially enjoyed the Seven Undeniable Truths of Homeschooling and The Practical Trivium. After your talk on Teaching Classical Languages we decided to add Greek to […]

Pascal and Delayed Formal Math

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I recently read the biography of the mathematian Pascal who was homeschooled by his father after his mother died. His father didn’t think any subject should be taught until the child could easily master it. So he removed all the math books until the children were at least 16 years old. At 12 years old […]

Delayed Formal Math Approach

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Having read your article on teaching math, we have delayed formal academic math instruction and focused on living math instead. Our daughters are now 11 & 9. Now what? Specifically, what do you recommend that I use to teach “in a few weeks” K-6 academic math? What have you used? I appreciate any insight or […]

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