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How to dull and chloroform a child’s reasoning abilities

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

When Less Is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in School In an experiment, children who were taught less learned more. by Peter Gray Ph.D. “In 1929, the superintendent of schools in Ithaca, New York, sent out a challenge to his colleagues in other cities. “What,” he asked, “can we drop from the elementary […]

Earlier is not better by Sue VanHattum

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

9. Earlier is not better. The schools are pushing academics earlier and earlier. That’s not a good idea. If young people learn to read when they’re ready for it, they enjoy reading. They read more and more; they get better and better at it; reading serves them well. The same can happen with math. Daniel […]

The Brain, It’s Plain, Is Sprained If It Is Strained

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. Excerpts from Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think And What We Can Do About It by Jane M. Healy [Page 66] [T]he axons, or output parts of [brain] neurons, gradually develop a coating of a waxy substance called myelin, which insulates […]

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 […]

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