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Starting over at 50 — where should I begin?

I’ve been impressed with your website and materials. Sadly, all my children are grown and gone and didn’t get the education they should have. I’m realizing I was not able to educate them well because I am not a logical person. Over the last year I have worked at it but have only made a little headway. I am 50 and would really like to learn more. Pre-logic is where I need to start. Also, it seems obvious that I am poor in math. I know the basics of math but get lost quickly after that. Would you have some suggestions for me? Thank you, Lora B.

Here are three suggestions:

1. Here is a good pre-logic course — The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning — after this book you can follow this course of study for logic.

2. Write one paragraph a day, on any subject you want. If you would like something more organized, purchase a writing curriculum geared for adults. Set up a reading program for yourself. There are many different opinions on what a good reading list looks like. But, better yet, subscribe to the Ron Paul Homeschool Curriculum and take their English/history/literature courses. I think this would be particularly useful to you as it would be your reading, writing, and history combined.

RON-PAUL-CURRICULUM

3. Determine where you would be in math (maybe 8th or 9th grade) and
get a textbook. Most math curriculum have placement tests so you can determine which level you would be in.

One Response to “Starting over at 50 — where should I begin?”

  1. Marisa Says:

    We are using Harold Jacob’s Geometry and and Elementary Algebra with our 7th grader. My husband was a math major in high school and we both wished we learned math in this way. We are filling in any gaps as we learn alongside our son and plan to use it with our other son because it is such a good fit. Below are links to the products we are currently using. You may also go to the publisher’s site at http://www.masterbooks.com but Dr. Callahan has videos.

    https://www.askdrcallahan.com/product/algebra/

    https://www.askdrcallahan.com/product/geometry/

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    Yes, Harold Jacob’s Geometry saved us many years ago. I highly recommend it. Didn’t use the Algebra because I don’t think it was available back in those days. Thank you for recommending it here. Laurie Bluedorn

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