I agree that students need to be able to digest the material from the textbooks to some extent on their own, but college profs actually explain a lot of what is in the textbook. The best methodology for college is: read ahead, then you are better prepared to understand the lecture, then review your notes and read ahead for the next lecture.
I think the sciences are particularly important in this way. Having a "teaching" format for them means that the students get a better chance to discuss and get a deeper understanding of the material. When I don't "teach" it to them myself, I don't have the context to have that kind of intelligent discussion that they need.
Thank you for that message. I needed that today. Sometimes I do get frustrated, lost, and intimidated by all the things on the list for a homeschooling mom of kids of many ages. I just need to step back and remember to be consistent with my prayer and personal preparation time, and all things will fall into place. I need to nurture my faith! Thanks for reminding me of that.
I appreciate your messages of wisdom and encouragement.
This post was written almost a year ago, and I'm SO glad that it helped you today! My husband and I were talking about this topic just this weekend, at the convention. One "expert" was saying that you should never show your children the answer key. Huh??? That's how my kids learned physics, Latin, calculus - and went on to engineering school! We simply could NOT have done it without that strategy!
Do what works, Michelle! Do what works!
WOW! that gave me a breath of fresh air...I haven't been teaching math for a long time and was letting them "learn" it on their own....They have always tested well. Now as two of my children are in High School the pressure is ON! And this little blog helped me to breath easy...
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