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Should I teach maths the way I was taught?
My daughter is a natural mathematician. She could do complex sums in her head from an early age - just look at the problem written in the book and tell me the answer straight up. I told her she had to learn how to show how she arrived at the answers using pencil and paper. I said it was important, necessary. I showed her how I had learned how to do maths, and we worked through the methods in the maths text book. By age nine she'd learn to hate maths and decided she wasn't any good at it. So we stopped doing maths. For two years. All she did was play, build and make things, do projects, etc. No maths, not on paper anyway.
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Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since 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. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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