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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.

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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.

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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

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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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The Shortest Course on Logic (Ever?)

The aim of this vLog is to share the most essential aspects of logic. Basically, it comes down to "If..then", "Does it Follow?", and "Bad premise..."

These are the important things to keep in mind and practice to be rational in the world. It isn't everything, but it is plenty (for homeschoolers, adults, liberals, and conservatives) 🙂

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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Want a Better Reader? Read Out of Order!

One of the great secrets of excellent readers is that they don't feel compelled to read every word in order. Instead, they know how to look for the pattern first (before they 'read'). This short video tells enough to change your mind, and your student's life as a reader!

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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The #1 Tip for a Less Stress Homeschool

Well, we all can get stressed, but there is a surprisingly obvious way to take our stress level down. Now, it isn't always the easiest thing to do, but over time every day can become less stressful. Why not take this to heart and realize that it's time to kick stress out of your homeschool?

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand​

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Mistake: Trying to Raise Happy Kids

Parents often misunderstand cause and effect. Just because a kid is happy, it doesn't mean she will be when she grows up. We really need to aim at raising happy adults...which leads to a pretty good childhood too!

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand

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Are Your Kids Learning Enough in Homeschool?

One of the great problems homeschool educators face is a lack of confidence in asking, "Are my kids learning enough?" In this video, I will explain what your students really need to know for college readiness. This simple conviction can be a game-changer for most of us!

​I’d love to hear your comments or answer your questions.

Off to learn,

Fred Ray Lybrand

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Just Admit It – Learning Involves Frustration

When I taught the high school fine arts class at Midland Classical Academy, I used a little phrase— “Everything’s hard before it’s easy, but it’s easy once you know how.” I don’t know if it was Sesame Street or Mister Rogers, but somebody started the silly notion that education should really be fun or children won’t learn. What a terrible thing for a child to believe…and, I might add…have to ‘shake off’ in order to get a PhD!

The fact is that learning involves NEW, and new involves UNCOMFORTABLE. However, just like our emotions, the discomfort doesn’t last. One of the great lessons in education is to looking at the task, admitting you don’t feel like doing it, and then saying, “So what?’—then getting started because learning is a little more important than your momentary feelings!

This makes the difference in college. Recognizing that learning involves frustration because we are trying to reach a goal of knowing something we didn’t know before, everything becomes less frustrating. It may seem to be a paradox, but knowing that learning isn’t ‘a snap’ gives you (and your students) a realistic assessment of what they are facing. Surely you don’t go on a long trip with the kids thinking your just going over to Wal-mart…do you?

So, if you are teaching your children at home (and everyone is!…not just homeschoolers), then realize that you are giving them a real gift in learning some discipline. If they can grasp the lesson and go from ‘not enjoy’ to ‘enjoy’ learning through discipline…nothing will be out there to stop them!

Blessings,

Fred Lybrand

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