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post #11 of Old 06-12-2015, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, Chanda.
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post #12 of Old 06-13-2015, 01:38 AM
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We, too, use Time 4 Learning. It is a very good curriculum. Our girls 13 and 11 are almost 2 grade levels above their peers in the local schools. Most teachers and schools here applaud homeschooling. Give it some time. At 16 your son can decide whether he desires to learn higher math or not. Forcing anyone to do something against their will can only be counter-productive.

As for his art.. he is incredible. If that is his desire I would definitely support him in following his heart. Balance in all things is important. Help him to make wise decisions.

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Hey David What does HTH mean?

Wordwarrior welcome to the forum and your son's art is truly amazing. Good Luck with the math/no math conundrum. I don't have a clue what's best. I'm sure you realize that an art career is not the easiest to break into even for the best of the best and your son may have to support himself in some other endeavor until he gets established.



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HTH = Hope That Helps

As for the math.. which I neglected to address before.. show your son how it ties in to art to make it interesting.. such as ratios.. 1 part water to 3 parts watercolor paint. Or multiplying $250 / painting and selling 200 / year.. Or the golden ratio.. Etc Etc Etc

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Uhhh David JMO (Just my opinion) -- I would think a 16 year old would be up to doing calculus or at least pre-calc not simple arithmetic like ratios in mixing paint.



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Wasn't me that said they should have to study higher math

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I know nothing about homeschooling, but I do remember hating math in high school. I know this would be out of his comfort zone, simply by looking at the art u posted, but I create Mandalas, which are also considered sacred geometry. They can involve using a compass, ruler, and square. It's not addition and subtraction, but it is incorporating math into art. :-)
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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.




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I'm beginning to understand why I'm not the best of artists. I always loved math and excelled in it. My degree is in computer science. English was my weak spot. I guess I'm left brain dominant.



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Terry.. I think I am non brained dominant.. ROTFLOL!

Never knew you were a Park Ranger Chanda.. I know many in our area, being a Bushcraft Instructor.. Small World..

Awesome post on the concept of learning.. I would agree 110% with your sentiments!

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