Originally Posted by M_of_M
However, as I answered to another poster, remembering my highschool stuff and being smart does not equal being a good teacher. I am a good student but I am not a good teacher.
Haven't read all the replies yet.
I just wanted to say that there is a difference between learning and teaching. I don't want to prepare my kids to be taught. I want them to retain their ability and passion to learn.
It's not hard to find resources and opportunities to help your children learn - even beyond your own knowledge base. Here's an example:
I have a 9 year old son. We've been studying shakespeare as a family because there has been a large community festival here. His knowledge of Shakespeare surpasses what I learned in highschool. We've read and watched biographies, read and watched kid and young adult versions of the various plays, done a timeline of his life and plays, celebrated shakespeare's birthday with friends, delved into the authorship questions, done a listing of the words and phrases that Shakespeare coined and made famous. Yesterday we went to see a production (aimed at highschool kids) of Romeo and Juliet. He's now reading the original play with me. He and his younger siblings have been acting out scenes all morning.
I haven't taught him any of this. It has come about because we have taken advantage of the resources and activities around us, and because he hasn't learned that this stuff 'should be boring' or that he's not supposed to like it or that is a 'highschool' thing.
If you are really interested, spend some time reading this board and some books. You will learn that it's not that hard to faciliate real learning when kids have always been engaged in the learning around them.