You know when I was in high school I despised math and when I was in grade school my mom forced me to spend a summer with a tutor. Math was always a struggle and I remember thinking I was never going to use it, so why should I learn it? Then I hit college. I dabbled in many different degree areas before settling on one and they ALL required math. The degree I wound up getting, natural resources with a minor in wildlife biology, required 4 statistics classes, college level calculus, business math..the list goes on. Then I started working as a park ranger and helped with various projects from stream restoration to pasture management to helping map rockart...ALL required varying levels of math. I am quite grateful for how much I was pushed to take math. The difference is that back then public schools were considerably more well rounded and offered more than they do now. Teachers were allowed to be creative in their approaches.
I don't let my child NOT do a subject just because he doesn't like it. I find ways to make it a little more interesting for him but certain areas I won't budge on. In life he will be given tasks he doesn't like and I want him to be one who says "ok, I may not like this but I will do this". I do not take a super laid back approach to my child's education. I believe firmly that creativity and fun should be incorporated and made part of his lessons to help him learn but I also believe that regardless of whether he likes it or not, there are just certain things he HAS to know. He might not ever go to college and he might not ever use what he has been taught but on the flip side he might. He is still young and I remember at that age being indecisive. I started off going for a degree in art because I honestly was trying to avoid math as much as possible and wound up with a degree in the sciences where I had to take nothing but math! And the girl who did so horrible in grade school and high school math wound up getting an A in her 400 level calculus class! Go figure that one..lol. I was taught to never give up and push through the stuff I don't like or want to do. I am not angry or bitter about it, I am the reverse. I was given really amazing life skills and am grateful for it.
Obviously my style and approach differs from others and that is ok. Every child should be taught in a way that suits their learning style but I feel its important to never underestimate our kids because they may end up surprising us. How we, as home school parents, teach our children is entirely up to us and based on our children's needs. Home school families are some of the most amazing and tolerant people I know because we have all gone through some level of scrutiny from what I would call the secular public school parenting world. Some of the most amazing people I know were home schooled and even the ones I knew would not wind up going to college still wound up as productive members of society because they were given the tools to do so.
And with that long winded post I should probably sign off..lol.
Last edited by chanda95; 06-14-2015 at 09:31 AM.