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Quote: Originally Posted by Terabith Classical ed, on the other hand, has early childhood all wrong, I think. I love the Well Trained Mind, but I have to just skip over the preschool and kinder sections. I think (forced) reading lessons for four and five year olds are just nuts. I plan to wait to start formal academics until close to age seven. Just wanted to say that The Well Trained Mind is only two people's interpretation of classical...
How old are your children? I felt a little bit like that when I first began exploring homeschooling. The closer my child became to school age, and the more I saw how we naturally learned together, I found it easier to sort out my own philosophy.
It looks like this book is in print here: http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Linguisti...4010319&sr=8-1 I was looking for it also, as I just read "Learning all the Time".
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I am starting to wonder if any sort of human society, no matter what it is like, can be considered more "natural" than another. There are so many different ways to live. None more natural than another--just different! For me, while it would be nice to have a tribe of female relatives around at times, it feels perfectly natural to be a SAHM to my young boys, as part of a nuclear family. And frankly there are some female relatives that I enjoy more from a distance anyway,...
Quote: Originally Posted by Linda on the move Very easy. My kids are 1 1/2 years apart and we rowed vol 1-3. We used FIAR years ago and recently one of my DDs said she wanted to do it again because it was one of her very favorite things that we've ever done. I'll be ordering vol 4 this week. FYI VOl. 4 is now out of print. The authors are now going to do digital downloads on their site for the VOl. 4 units. I am going to be doing some...
Quote: Originally Posted by pookel I get the feeling sometimes that the philosophy of TWTM is based a little too heavily on their own family's experiences. I think you might be right. Either that, or only slightly larger groups of other children that they know. Like in the learning to read section, the idea that "most children are ready to read at 4 or 5", especially if they have been read to since birth. I am not sure I am buying that. Edited...
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ravin Here's my 2 cents: TWTM has a lot of excellent curriculum suggestions. Even the author says if you try to do it all you're nuts. If something doesn't fit your parenting philosophy, ignore it. Take from that part that 5 minutes is sufficient for a reading lesson each day, and that a phonics-based problem (maybe the one the author developed) would a good method to use. Then if your dicipline style calls for doing it only...
There is a wonderful book by Peggy Vincent called "The Baby Catcher." It is not technical at all, but a collection of fascinating stories of her career. Sort of a MW version of James Herriott.
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