A Question on Education?

This is going to be a little different post I need advice.  I have many grandchildren and in the event of an emergency, they will still need to be educated.  Now I have a good library, but no idea of how to educate children in a well-balanced manner.  What I am asking for is help.  Do any of you have an educational plan and a good source of good textbooks?  I am talking about better than a high school education.

The school around here would be no help; they are way to politically correct.  Whatever information I receive, I am willing to share with others.

Howard

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5 Responses to A Question on Education?

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Craigslist would be your best bet i think.

  2. Carla says:

    I find a lot of educational text books at resale shop for dirt cheap sometimes you can even find saxon sets (one of the top home schooling texts). You can also find many other usefull items, all for pennies on the dollar.

  3. Lewis says:

    My wife and I own two Montessori Schools age range 18 months to 6 years. So I feel your pain. We already have some of those materials stashed at our retreat to help educate any children in our area. Matt’s idea about looking on Craig’s list is good. Also, go to used book stores and look around for old textbooks. The good thing is, they would be cheap and possibly not filled with all the PC indoctrination crap of today’s books. Also, they don’t even have to be textbooks, per se. You could get a manual on woodworking, maybe one on farming, etc. Stuff they’ll really need to know. Plus history, don’t forget that 😉 Good luck

  4. I got my Masters degree to teach high school and am Honors and AP certified. I’ve also taught some at the higher level. No single text book is perfect. Variety is the only answer. I’ve always found good books at the end of semesters catching college students before they sell theirs back to the school bookstores. To an individual, students will often sell cheaper. Yard sales and library clean outs are also great. However, only in your STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas are new materials necessary. In terms of literature (which I firmly believe drastically increase critical thinking and empathetic skills), any copies you can get your hands on of the classics works. Yard sales and the Salvation Army/Goodwill are great sources. Google “100 books every high school student should read” and you’ll get a great list of books. I know very few college graduates that have read this list in its entirety.

    That covers text books for students. If you want to learn pedagogy, contact a local college’s teacher education program. Get their text books specifically. Even better, go to a local school and ask some of the teachers if you could look at some of their text books. Most are happy to share. We all love involved families who want to know the theory behind the educational process. These books will be, predominately, psychology and development books (think Educational Psychology and Life-Span Development). This helps you know when the brain has reached stages where it can handle various levels of complex tasks and concepts. You don’t want to introduce the unachievable too soon. These, keep in mind, are guidelines, and every child develops slightly differently. John Santrock isn’t a bad place to start, though he is, in no way shape or form, the end all. He’s just a guy that works at a college and has written a couple text books that aren’t bad and are relatively inexpensive. The internet is your friend.

    Most importantly, remember that the major part of educating anyone is having a safe and positive atmosphere where the process is as, if not more, important than the objective. What you really teach is HOW to learn, as much as WHAT to learn.

    Google search your state’s, or any state’s for that matter, academic standards. They are all downloadable in .PDF format. This will give you an idea of how certain skill sets have been broken down. It’ll make the process less overwhelming. The new Common Core Standards aren’t a bad place to look either. Take what you like, and toss what you don’t.

    Feel free to shoot an e-mail. I can’t even pretend to know .1% of everything, but I am accustomed to looking for answers.

  5. Art says:

    Here is a website from Dr Gary North for free homeschooling books

    http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/

    Here is a complete homeschool curriculum from Dr Robinson

    http://www.oism.org/

    click on the link Robinson Curriculum

    or go directly to http://www.oism.org/s32p28.htm

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