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Great article, Lee! Our children have God-given gifts and it's those gifts that my husband and I look to encourage. Our children are like young saplings and we, their parents, are like the two stakes on both sides holding them until they're mature. We hold our children's interests and pursuits up to the light of scripture -particularly 1 Thess 5:19-22 and Phil 4:8.
Elaine, you might want to check out this article - http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/a-christian-view-of-world-of-warcraft/
Good Idea My 16 year old is so involved with World Of Warcraft an interactive online game that it seems like that's all he wants to do. It involves various fantasy people and strategies. He loves to talk about it, he love to write! I will assign him a project about his "love"
my daughter does not need to do art as a separate subject. She could just submit her maths book! Every page is a detailed unique study. Unfortunately not much maths gets done and she still loathes it.
Posing word problems that she has to solve in terms of shopping that deal with the current maths concept we are trying to cover at least gets a smile from a girl who loves retail therapy!
There are some comics in Harold Jacob's book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0716710471?tag=thehom-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0716710471&adid=0VRG7JW6Y7SA44B6N678&
No ideas for actually incorporating cartooning into algebra(LOL!)
I have seen cartooning as an art, as occupational education (when you make it a business) and as a technology credit (when you do it though computer programming rather than drawing.)
Have you see FamilyManMinistries?
Homeschool dad cartooning for the Lord - crazy fun stuff!
There are vocabulary cartoon books
and economics cartoon books, too
What does YOUR child love that he could make it into a cartoon book and sell enough to make his first million? That could be a fun English credit.
Good luck, Lois! I'm sorry I was no help with the math part.
Any suggestions on how to incorporate cartooning into completing math assignments? So far, my son has come up with 1001 ways to destroy a math book. You can do anything in cartoons, but in reality, you can learn algebraic concepts.
You're welcome! Have you seen the MIT Computer learning? Here is the link:
You're daughter will love it!
I have an almost-10 yr old who loves playing computer games. Anything with many levels to achieve is what she is drawn to. I am glad you wrote this article. I will stop arguing with her to get off the computer and start including her games in her writing assignments. Thanks for the solution. You are truly one smart cookie.
Horses have played a part in most of human history, so my older daughter has it made.
Yep, I'm teaching her research skills and writing skills through the back door by letting her do horsey themes. She won 2nd place in a regional competition against her age mates and older teens with an essay on thoroughbreds.
While she was researching for that paper, I remember she turned to me, and with a big smile on her face said, "Hey, I've noticed something. I'm learning more as I do this!"
A friend of mine, a school librarian, once had a student come in loudly lamenting a Civil War essay assignment, and complained about hating writing and school in general. My friend asked the student what she did like, and the student replied, "horses." Needless to say, that child was delighted when my friend told her there were horses in the Civil War.
That's so funny! Kids can certainly get tunnel vision, can't they.
I agree that writing from a place of passion and interest is important.