Um... yeah... but I don't exactly practice what I preach much... I use a calculator and/or a spreadsheet when I correct math papers... I don't remember the last time I wrote an essay...
On the other hand, we're not exactly slacking off in the application department.
My oldest daughter and I want to give our back yard a make-over to make it low-maintenance and wildlife-friendly. That involves geometry, and a scale drawing involves algebra. Selling our flagstones to pay for any needs and sticking to the budget is a valuable life-skills lesson. Researching native plants and the needs of birds, butterflies, bats, and toads is science. Designing the new "look" of the yard involves art and "suburban planning." Making bird houses, bird feeders, and a bird bath can be art too. Selling the idea to skeptical Daddy - well, that's occupational education (many people earn their living from sales). Then there's the physical labor outdoors - always a good thing, but I can't exactly count it as PE. Maybe it's occupational education.
If I have to convert a recipe, my daughter does the calculations. If the fish medicine calls for 12 drops per gallon, she calculates how many drops for a 5-cup goldfish bowl. She's very familiar with comparison shopping in the grocery store - it's all about the per-unit price! Being able to quickly estimate tips, discounts, and sales tax comes in handy too. A field trip to the horse races yielded a lot of math problems that owners and trainers need to deal with (and we didn't even touch the math involved with betting). There are a lot of real world applications!
The neat thing about home school is you know what tools and information your child already has, so when it comes to real-world learning, you know your child's ability to apply what they've learned.
This is so true! My daughter was just asking me this question yesterday. She is 8 years old and was trying to convince me that she did not need to learn how to write a paragraph. My 13 year old daughter keeps trying to get out of vocabulary and history. I guess they all have their subjects that they do not want to learn. Economics is a subject we have not tackled yet. We will have to look into it! Thanks so much for your perspective and insight!
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