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Volume 117, Program 63
11/22/2013
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Do you ever feel bogged down by the pressure to cover every fact and subject when teaching your kids? How can you get it all done? Find focus on today’s Home School Heartbeat as Mike Farris shares an important lesson that he learned from over 30 years of homeschooling.

Mike Farris:
All knowledge uses one of two languages—either the language of words or the language of numbers. With this fact in mind, the lesson I’d like to share with you today is this: Strive for mastery in just two areas: language and math.

Your children are not going to master chemistry. That requires a PhD—for them, not you. Your children will not master American history, or the Constitution, or the great artists of the Renaissance.

A good academic education will provide a well-rounded exposure in a broad variety of disciplines that we call the arts and sciences. But your emphasis at this stage should be in mastery of the two languages. I say this because I fear that homeschooling parents have become sidetracked and forgotten some of the basics.

I have taught several thousand homeschooled teenagers a course in constitutional law. However, a disturbing number of students seem to get the concepts quite well but cannot express themselves appropriately. Every time I grade papers, I find far too many homeschoolers with unacceptable spelling, grammar, and penmanship.

Teach your children to read and write to a level of mastery. Math skills should also reach a level of basic mastery. Emphasize these basics, and all the rest will be added unto you.

I’m Mike Farris.


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