Those following my blog may think I am home schooling my children. I’m going to steal a line from the Pritchard’s book, “Going Public.” “Yes, I’m home schooling my children, and when they turn five, I’ll start sending them to public school for more information.” Whether you have chosen to teach your children at home or send them to private or public education, I would highly recommend this book. It teaches parents how to be the one primarily responsible for the education of their children. I just went to kindergarten orientation with my oldest. They talked about a math curriculum that is highly manipulative based and low on paper and pencil work. I think there are great things to be learned from manipulative based math programs, but I disagree with it when it is out of balance from the needed paper and pencil work. I think it’s great if I child knows that when faced with the problem 7×7 you could add 7+7+7+7+7+7+7. I think it’s great if they know that if they combined 7×5 and 7×2, they could discover the answer. I love that they could create a grid or a table to come up with the answer. However, I believe they need to know and have memorized that 7×7 is 49. There may be time and opportunity for my input in the system and involvement in some of the decisions for the school, but I’m not going to just get mad because my kids aren’t learning it. I will supplement. I will teach them their math facts if they aren’t getting it in school. I can teach them the truths behind the foundations of our country and the history of our constitution. I will read to them at home and teach as I can. When I don’t feel like I have the skills or knowledge necessary, I will model what it’s like to be a lifelong learner and try and seek it out. Yes, it means more work for me. However, I don’t want to leave someone else solely responsible for my child’s education. Furthermore, I don’t want to drop them off at church once or twice a week and make it the church’s responsibility for the development of my child’s faith. I want to take responsibility for my child’s education no matter what model of formal education I am pursuing at the time. The cartoon above is so reflective of our society. Yes, I do believe there is a time to be your child’s advocate and work to better the system. However, I often feel the best way to be their advocate is to engage in constant teaching of your child and dialogue with them about what they are learning in whatever environments they encounter. Real life scenarios, handled well by parents, can be such amazing teaching opportunities. As for the formal education of our child, we’re taking it year by year and feel like we’re making the right decision for us for now. Others may be convicted another way, which is great. As long as you can take responsibility as being the #1 educator of your child.
Day #147 – You Are the #1 Educator of Your Child
May 26, 2012 by 10 Comments