Educational Emergencies

My friend Shay Seaborne likes to say this and I find myself using it quite a bit when talking to new homeschoolers:

There is no such thing as an educational emergency.

Just a reminder to remember to relax and that it is ok to put things aside if you are hitting a wall. You can always learn something another day. It does not have to be learned today.

~Stephanie

About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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3 Responses to Educational Emergencies

  1. JoVE says:

    I am fond of that one too. I used to work in post-secondary education and many of my colleagues worked weekends and evenings on a regular basis. I couldn’t figure it out and would Use that line to remind myself that no one would die if I left work on my desk until Monday.

  2. Kathi says:

    This is not a comment but a question. I am new to homeschooling my 12 year-old visutal-spatial son and am checking out math curricula. When I was searching for math curriucula for visual-spatial learners your blog came up with a reference to Singapore Math and visual-spatial learners. I am not able to find this reference on your blog. Do you or have you used Singapore Math? Thanks!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi Kathi. My apologies for not replying sooner! This is the post where I talk a little bit about Singapore Math:

    http://throwingmarshmallows.homeschooljournal.net/2005/11/07/10/

    I will say that we use it more as a resource then as a “curriculum”. I have found that it is useful for explaining some concepts to Jason (as he and I “see” math very differently and my explanations make no sense to him!)

    With math I really try to mix things up a bit…he is not strong on memorization at all, so we do only a little drill and try to focus more on math concepts. He also loves math as stories…we have been picking up some tips from http://www.livingmath.net which has lots of suggestions for teaching math through stories and history. The email list (you can sub from her home page) is great and Julie (the list mom) has a wealth of knowledge about different math programs. There are LOTS of hsing parents with visual-spatial kids on the list.

    Jason also like the Marilyn Burns books (The I Hate Mathematics Book and Math for Smarty Pants).

    Another great resource for parents with v-s kids is the Homeschooling Creatively email list (you can sub by sending an email to homeschoolingcreatively-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)

    Hope that this helps!