Tutoring Your Kids Or Grandkids

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  1. Corie Henson

    Corie Henson Very Well-Known Member
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    Have you experienced tutoring your children for their homework? It is like you are being a student again.

    When some cousins from the province stayed with us for a year to study high school in our city, I had just graduated from college and was looking for a job. In the dinner table, the usual topic would be their schooling. And after dinner, expect those 2 cousins to seek my help with their homework. It's okay to help them but sometimes I have difficulty particularly with the English subject. But fortunately, I was able to be of help all the time and was just too glad when they both finished high school and moved back to the province.
     
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    I have attempted a few times to help my grandson's with their homework. Now that they are in middle school and high school I am not able to help very much since the way they are being taught in school is so different from how I was taught. I do wonder if this new teaching method is good since the schools do not teach penmanship any more.
     
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  3. Ken Anderson

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    I homeschooled my nephew from 7-11th grade.
     
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    I tutored my son when he had problems with Maths back in 7th and 8th grade, but afterwards I hired a private teacher for him, as it rapidly got out of hand for me. I am recently tutoring children grades 1 through 5th as a volunteer at a nearby day center.
     
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    I used to help my six maternal-side cousins with their homework when they were 10 and younger. I was then 20 years old so the ten years age difference were not a problem at all to understand their assignments and help them go through.

    However since before this teaching time, and helping my five-year younger sister, I realized the more years of difference in between my education and the education younger people received, the poorer education has turned through the years.

    Actually children barely learn in college what we learned in kindergarten, LOL
     
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  6. Jennifer Graves

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    . I always supplemented their school lessons with at home. Not only math and spelling. But politics, various religions, just real world stuff.
     
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  7. Avigail David

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    I homeschooled my seven children way up to year 12. Three older daughters have/had their own careers now (oldest is married and a stay-at-home mom). Two teens have been in a Christian college for 2 years now, years 10 and 11. Two are still homeschooling (9 and 12 years old).

    I can't say I've been an expert teacher, but I'm glad to be learning with them, as well. :)
     
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  8. Ken Anderson

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    There are several choices in curricula available for a reasonable price that will make the job of homeschooling easy, plus there are online and DVD choices that can result in elementary, middle school, and high school degrees. Much of the available curricula is Christian in nature, but not all. Different states have different rules on homeschooling, but that is a good way to protect your child from some of the indoctrination that goes on in public schools. Several states now offer a virtual (Internet) school at the high school level but you would then, of course, be subject to the same Common Core curriculum that is itself a problem, although the effects would be reduced considerably by your presence.
     
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  9. Tom Locke

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    Not having children, I cannot venture an opinion. Something I have done is give training and tuition to people for whom English is not a first language. This has its own challenges; you have to be very precise and correct about what you are saying. You cannot, for instance, use colloquial or dialect terms and you have to be aware of how well acquainted your trainees are with the language. Almost inevitably, people are at different levels and one of the challenges is to pitch your training at the right level. To paraphrase Lincoln, you can never satisfy all of the people all of the time, but what you can do is find a level at which everybody is comfortable.
     
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  10. Avigail David

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    I had a look at Common Core-- I wouldn't want to provoke my children into an I-hate-school anger.
    ACE, Rod & Staff, Son Light, Christian Light Publication, Bob Jones University, Abeka were just some of the learning tools we went through. We look into some favorites: YouTube Sciences and simple DIYs for children. We call it YouTube Academy LOL. And Brave Writers paid lessons. Subscribed to Mathletics and Spellodrome. It's still reasonable for our budget to homeschool compared to tuition in college.
     
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