Life has been divided between two worlds, the music biz, for 40 years see Songconsultant.com and the world of the wild, A writer for 7 years for Wilderness Way magazine and co founder of Dirttime.com. A consultant on survival and modern and primitive skills for over 60 years, I'm a former Marine. I will also from time to time put on my "Dude the blue collar critic" hat for reviews of books and film. I like camping in the old style. Thanks for looking at my blog.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Skool At Home For Your Kid
Do you or have you ever given
much thought about how you would teach your kids at home, if by chance , we
were in a situation where going to school was not an option? The schools are
shut down for an extended period of time.
Sure for a while you could get
by having them read some books you might have on hand. You might teach them
some skills and from your teachings they they will own many skills. But schooling
is more than that. No matter what your education is, it is not transferred to
your child by some wave of a wand.
Math is a tool that will help.
Reading comprehension is a must in a society that may be lacking in a formal
education. Looking back in history we are led to believe that men like Daniel
Boone and Simon Kenton were just primitive woodsmen. Well that is one view but
they knew how to survey and read those instruments. They knew how to read and
write. Not so primitive.
We can tell the kids stories
about our country and our families, and any number of tales. That is all well
and good. However, the learning of history with a real direction will give them
a true sense of our history. Knowing history helps instill a sense
of self and pride. Spelling for clarity is a communication skill. English
writing skills with some idea of grammar is a good idea. ( I know my grammar
sucks but I make up for it in other ways, ahem)
You can start out with some
history books even those books that use history in a novel form to help keep it
interesting. Some science would be nice, nothing over the top but even the
simple science one learns in the 5th grade and middle school is really more
than many adults know. Having a microscope would really be cool, knowing how to
use the slides and so on is good knowledge to own.
Having some of these supplies
stashed might be part of your self-reliance in a collapsed society, even if it
is only for a short term, 90 days, six months, a year or more.
As part of an education I would
add music, an instrument and books on how to use said instrument. Check into
this as there many courses that can be had. Check into the instrument of your
choice and then back it it with spare parts.
What you need to know is how to
design a home school curriculum, pre-school through high school . Details on
the length of the study, how to teach study habits, and how to give a
I feel the importance of these
schooling items should be near the top of your supply list. In order to
pass on then collected knowledge after we are gone is all in the books. The
classics were read over and over again by many of our forefathers. Read by the
pioneers, and much knowledge is gleaned from these reads. Lots of info can be
found with a google and etc. Now go out and slap some sense into that kid.
By Dude McLean
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