The reason that we’ve been focusing on just
reading and writing or if you combine the two you call it literacy and math. As the
two most important subjects is because once a child masters those they can pretty much
teach themselves anything in the world around them. Especially through reading. The other
two subjects that are emphasized in regular school are Social Studies and Science. Now
social studies is broken down into History, Geography, Civics and Culture and other things.
They can learn History through books of course and through films. Geography from the very
beginning it’s great to take out maps and teach them to identify countries and landforms.
Something I found that kids absolutely love and if you teach it to them once they’ll sing
it for the next five, six, twenty years is this little song with the continents where
you use Fr`ere Jacques. And it goes like this. North America, South America, Antarctica,
Antarctica. Europe, Asia, Africa. Europe, Asia, Africa. Australia, Australia. And they
love that song. Civics it’s very important to teach them from an early age of how our
government works. Why it’s important to vote. Culture, they can read about our culture.
Read about other cultures. Science, take out books about animals. Kids love books about
animals. Find out what kind of animal is their favorite. Take out a bunch of books on that
animal. You can go for a nature walk. Examine the plants you find and look them up on the
Internet or in the library. Get your kid a microscope again, microscope kit. Just take
things out of the pantry and read the ingredients on them and then look up those ingredients
on the Internet or at the library. The world around them is so fun and free to explore
when you do it this way. One on one. And as they learn to read longer and better, what
you can do is start to let them go on their own. Let them go on their own .let them read
on their own. But keep them accountable. give them a book to read. Say, “read this book”
, “come back, write me a page about it”. And then that way you’ll have the reading
and writing. As they get older that will turn into two pages and three pages and eventually
it will turn into typewritten pages as they learn to use the computer. By this point you
can start to when you feel that they ‘re ready. You can start to send them out on their own.
Let them read on their own. Give them assignments but still hold them accountable. They have
to start at a certain time, they have to complete something by a certain time and again that
process of teaching them one on one just makes the hugest world of difference.