Homeschooling tips in terms of academics

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Homeschooling tips in terms of academics

You know, there are just as many ways to homeschool as there are people who homeschool, so for me to say this is the best way to do it, is just my own family's experience. Our philosophy aligns more with the classical model which basically says that there are three different stages of kids' development. The first one is the grammar stage, and that tends to be around grades 1 through 5-ish, and then the next stage is the argumentative stage or the dialectic stage, and that's grades 6 through 9-ish or so, and then the rhetoric stage which is 9 or 10 all the way up to 12th grade. That's the approach we use when we determine our academics. The grammar stage which is what we're in, the little kids, asks the question, "What?" Dialectic stage asks the question, "Why?" The rhetoric stage asks the question, "How?" So for us, it helps us narrow down the academics in the grammar stage to just the "what?" stuff. Kids are very concrete at this age, they love memorizing facts, so we do things like times tables, dates and history. Basic things about grammar like prepositions and commas and punctuation. It's just those concrete facts that we focus on now and that helps us not focus on the things like, why were the founding fathers affected by Greek philosophy. You know, that comes later, after you've built this foundation of dates and times and stuff in history, for example. So that's how we focus our academics at this young stage, writing, reading and math are our main stepping stones to everything else later on in life and so that really helps us narrow down our focus.

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Tsh Oxenreider is the full-time blogger behind Simple Mom and the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, a blog network dedicated to helping people live intentionally (while throwing perfection out the window). She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. She’s a wife to Kyle, mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler. She is currently working on her next book. Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (her 7-year-old has been on 60 airplanes and counting). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.

Tsh writes about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom, which was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012. She was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011, her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents Magazine, and more. She speaks frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the 'publish' button. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and is a regular contributor at (in)courage. Tsh also records a podcast with Homefries called The Simple Mom Podcast, which during one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts.

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