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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
Research and Library Skills
- Talk about main element of picture
- Identify main ideas in story
- Visit and be used to library
- Caring for and borrowing books
- Setting out events in time order
- Retelling story in event order
- Sorting objects into groups, labelling
- Understanding table of contents
- Using alphabetical order
- Using cover as guide to contents of book
- Sorting items into categories
- Judging materials/information as to usefulness or appropriateness
- Reading from simple graphs/charts
- Distinguishing between fact and fiction
- Using a dictionary for spelling and meaning of words
- Awareness of sections of library
- Using recorders, projectors
- Recognise purpose of dictionary, encyclopaedia, atlas, telephone directory, street directory
- Selecting main ideas from stories
- Listing of data, classification skills
- Predicting outcomes, consequences
- Organising ideas in time sequence
- Understanding how library can be used for research
- Understanding reference areas of library, organisation
- Alphabetical sequencing to 3rd letter
- Identifying different points of view
- Making comparisons
- Ranking ideas order of importance
- Understanding headings, subheadings in articles
- Writing short summaries of stories, activities, etc
- Presenting simple verbal reports
- Preparing material for talks, debates
- Conducting surveys of opinion
- Preparing for trips, excursions
- Using catalogue index system
- Undertaking personal research
- Able to re-shelve books accurately
- Understanding cross references
- Using skimming, scanning techniques to find information
- Selecting appropriate sections in books for obtaining information
- Use newspapers, media, for information.
- Distinguish between relevant and non-relevant information
- Using key words in note taking
- Summarize information
- Note taking from media as well as written texts, books
- Understand terms -page, title page, publisher, table contents, index, publishing date, appendix,
preface,introduction, bibliography, references
- Choosing appropriate meanings
- Write simple reports on events
- Able to cross reference
- Understand Dewey classification
- Note taking verbal report
- Distinguish between fact, belief and opinion
- Being able to question and interview
- Taking notes of lectures
- Predicting consequences of events
- Predicting future needs and options
This checklist is taken from Chapter 9 Checklists in Getting Started with Hoemschooling Practical Considerations by Beverley Paine, available from Always Learning Books.
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