Home-school culture shifting away from religious ties

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  • M S Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    For us, academic reasons were always paramount. My older 3 kids were reading by 4yo, and I couldn't figure out what they would do while waiting for others to catch up. Two of my kids are "twice exceptional"--as much as 6 grades advanced in some subjects, and 2 years behind in others. Few teachers would be able to cope with that, along with 25 or more other children! At home, I could work orally with one to advance her cognitive abilities without getting stuck on fine motor and handwriting struggles. With the other, I could work one on one with her dyslexia, and let her jump ahead with her very quick memory of other content.

    I knew I would customize some. I was amazed at how much of the time I did so. Every day, in almost every class, we were adjusting--skip most of these problems, do extras of this one; read a harder book here, dictate a story to me there. This customization has enabled my kids to excel, as well as to work on their weaknesses over time. It's been a win-win for us.