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The Myth of Socialization and Homeschooling

The common critique is that homeschoolers are poorly socialized, but nothing could be further from the truth. And yet, the critique is valid for all parents. Maybe there is a greater temptation for those who homeschool, but there are some simple things you can do to make this a non-issue.

https://www.independenthomeschool.com

 

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Teachers Are Unnecessary for Independent Homeschool Learning

 

Do we need teachers? Well, yes and no. We need to learn to be a teacher of ourself, but no, teachers are not a necessary ingredient for learning. They can help if they are good, but most learning is self-learning. In this video I lay out the quick case for reconsidering the importance of a teacher in the learning process.

https://www.independenthomeschool.com

 

Education is Independence

 

It’s been said that education is freedom; true enough. However, doesn’t education go even further? Isn’t it the key to our independence in life; in thought, in choice, in opportunity? There is nothing like ignorance and lack of skill to make a person dependent on others for decisions, information, and even livelihood. Homeschoolers are especially positioned for true independence if they really educate their kids.

https://www.independenthomeschool.com

Fred Ray Lybrand

 

Independent Homeschool

College is not right for everyone, but it is for some. I know the current climate tempts us to fear the indoctrination of our kids with the growing avoidance of free speech. However, college or high school or work or play--- all of these contexts are places we can learn to be winsome. We have five college grads who made it through and are impacting their worlds through good minds and hearts.

The key is growing independent thinkers. Students who can teach themselves, who have learned how to learn, who are independent learners. Frankly, the homeschool environment is ideal for this approach (though any home can reinforce clear and independent thought).

I've been re-thinking our approach, and so we've changed to www.independenthomeschool.com

Here are the reasons why!

Hope it helps,

Fred Ray Lybrand

If you want to get started in learning more, begin with growing and independent writer by grabbing the Free Training:

Episode 105: Valuing Logic

Logic is important for your kids as they grow. Frankly, if they don’t learn to make sense of things, they are going to have a tough time in this world. The makeup of humans helps, as they start arguing around 12 years old (known as the Logic/Dialectic Stage in Classical Education). Really, there isn’t that much to logic…but there is enough to demand we think clear about it! Today’s podcast will get you started 🙂

TODAY’S PODCAST CONTENT:

  1. Value of logic
  2. Importance of logic to parents and kids
  3. Bad premise, bad conclusion

Additional Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

Episode 104: Romance, Dating, & Courting

One of my mentors, Robert Fritz, pointed out to us that ‘romance’ is really based on the unusual. Of course, that means that our ideas about relating can get messed up because most of life is about the usual, true? It’s the math of relationships that helps us out…realizing it’s an equation when two people agree or disagree allows us to respect one another’s freedom.  Understanding this math is especially important for our kids, since they are in a world of constant decision about who they befriend and what they do together.

TODAY’S PODCAST CONTENT:

  1. More about Romance
  2. Math of Relationship
  3. Two Essentials: For a lasting marriage (please use while dating / courting too)

Additional Resources:

  1. The Only 2 Reasons a Teenager Rebels
  2. Why Having a Best Friend is a Bad Idea!
  3. Free Mini Writing Course

 

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The Ultimate Skill for the Educated

There are many skills that are important for learning and becoming educated. Obviously there is communication, and of course, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic (the Three R's). One of all of these stands out as the most strategic or leveraged. Please don't miss making this skill the first-and-last focus of all your homeschooling.

Fred Ray Lybrand

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