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I’m a Teacher.

1 Jun

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.

-Alexandra K. T.

This is absolutely my teaching and parenting philosophy. Of course there are exceptions. Some things have a clear right or wrong answer. For things that don’t, I give them the tools to draw their own conclusions. I try not to influence their opinions too much. My older children are 14, 12 and almost 10. They have been provided with a solid foundation of what’s right or wrong. Now they can decide the grey matter on their own. Obviously they are still young, and may still need guidance, but I honestly don’t want my children to be carbon copies of me (although sometimes it’s like looking in a mirror with my daughters). I want them to have their own minds and their own opinions.

I don’t usually discuss religion outside of my household. My views probably won’t mesh well with many other’s views. The problem with this is that, while I can accept everyone’s views and be perfectly fine with it, a lot of them won’t accept mine.

In my house, I teach religion. What religion? All of them.

Blasphemy. I know.

We do primarily focus on Christianity since it’s the one that I’m most familiar with, but I think I am doing my children a disservice by not allowing them to know about the other religions. Why do people choose to be Christian? Muslim? That’s something we might discuss.

We are currently reading Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History. I love the stories in this book. Then we may go on to A Concise History of Buddhism. Is it wrong to study more than one religion? To know and understand where religion came from? To know the whys, whos, and whats? I don’t think so.

I also teach creation and evolution. The horror. 🙂

What do you think? Should children be presented with the whole story? Or should a parent only feed them what they want them to know?

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Absolute Value.

15 May

Algebra (and all other math) is fun time, yes?

No.

But we must.

I have one child that loves math. The boy child. The rest? Well, they wish they could do math without so many numbers.

One of the lessons SM is studying this week is on absolute value. We love absolute value. Why? Because it’s simple.

Below I’m listing what I used to teach av.

  • Compass Learning has a learning activity in their Algebra 1 curriculum. Activity A1111. Don’t quote me on that because we are using CL through an outside source and they re-number their activities. You might find that Time4Learning has this activity in their Algebra 1 course. I’ve never used Algebra with them, so I can’t say for sure.
  • Khan Academy’s video: Absolute Value 1 along with the practice. You can run through the practice more than once. (You can also login and get cool achievements and points! — ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: COOL MOM BADGE) – Seriously, Khan Academy is an ABSOLUTE God send.
  • Saxon Algebra 1 (3rd Edition), Lesson 5.A and 5.B, along with part of the problem set. Numbers 1 and 4-9. Yes. I realize the setup of the 3rd edition leaves something (everything) to be desired, but the 4th edition is just a dream right now. *sad face*

For extra practice (in case it’s needed):

Games:

And for the serious scholar, WORKSHEETS!

I don’t guess anyone needs that much ABSOLUTE VALUE in their life…but just in case.

Absolute value is generally taught in 6-8th grade. We’re doing review right now. Since they despise math so much, I really have to make sure those concepts are still with them.

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