Its my first year homeschooling my son is in grade 3 and we are in Canada, I am following the PLO (Provincal Learning outcome) so that he will at least learn everything else that they learn in Grade 3 in school...thing is he wants to learn MORE....he wants to learn about the underground Railroad...so we are going to learn about that, and connect it to his geography and mapping skills and into Canada history. Same with WW2 again, geography, Canada history, and mapping. I have teacher friends that say I am dumb to do that...that I should only stick with what other grade 3s are learning...
WHY??? If he wants to learn more and I can connect it why shouldnt he learn more???
Do you let your kids learn more?
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61% - Heck Yeah more the better
9% - Depends
0% - No
0% - My kid has never asked to do more
25% - I don't follow any sort of plan that follows the public school
If my kids ask about it, we learn about it. We have looked up dinosaurs, presidents, words, sea animals, things from history. Speaking of history I still need to look up some facts I did not know about 9/11. Everything they ask and want to know about is discussed and looked up. I do not see how that is bad. They actually learn more that way and remember things than when we are just studying them.
I voted that I don't attempt to follow a public school plan, though I am somewhat influenced by it, being the product of one, myself. I do tend to add to and tweak our boxed curriculum. It is more my doing, not child led. Given a choice, she would never do math, skip most nonfiction, play by ear only on the piano, cook, play games on the computer, watch netflix ( teen shows not documentaries), write fictional series on the computer, make videos, and do art, mostly painting and some drawing. There would be some learning, but a lot of holes, too.
The whole point of homeschooling is to do it better than ps. Why in the world would we go through all we go through to homeschool just to recreate the public school experience? It sounds like your teacher friends are insecure and afraid you'll show them up. Follow your child's lead, mom! You're doing a great job!