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Supplementing public school with homeschool

I put my children back in the public school system, due to circumstances a few years ago. I hold the view that public school can be supplemented by teaching your children things they cannot, or will not learn in school. I'm just looking for ideas for high school students. I want them to learn about Nikola Tesla, for example and it won't be brought up in school. This community is such a great wealth of knowledge and I love advice!

Any advice on topics or resources for this mission of mine?

Thanks in advance. Peace.

EDIT: When I say I want to supplement with homeschool, I don't mean actual lesson plans and tests, ect. Just exposure and awareness:)

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I would had I become a Father :

I was "home schooled" from a toddler. Mom made a game out of writing exercises. From looping inside the paper lines with large pencils and paper, through printing and copying words, to cursive script with an nib ink pen on unlined paper.

One Grandma taught me Bible stories on a felt board with text to read and write for her.

Mom and Dad read to me till I could read back to them. By the time I started grade school, well, it got me a paddling the second day for sassing the teacher.

That morning the teacher asked "How many of you children can write your names?" A few girls and I raised our hands and got our first assignment, wide line paper and klunky pencils again.

She collected the papers and it was "Very good Jane. That's nice Mary." And so on till "WHO'S DAVID JOHNSON???" ( not my real name )

I raised my hand and she yelled "I TOLD you to WRITE YOUR NAME LIKE THAT!!" gesturing to the strip of block letters around the room.

Surprised, I said "You told me to write my name, I can print too."

That was it. Up front over the desk face up to the class and a paddling.

That was my introduction to school I had been so looking forward to.

I've had a lot of teachers in those ensuing 12 years, most I can't remember. But I'll never forget Mrs. Toy.

And people wonder why I have a problem with authority.

Folks continued to have study lessons for me on through Jr. High.

It's All Good.

The Constitution is a Trust : http://www.The-Legacy.Info

I do this with my kids

They are not yet in High School but this is how we supplement.

For my son in grade-school, I supplement math and reading, vocabulary, grammar, root words and prefixes/suffixes. Using varrious websites. My son doesn't have a lot of homework and isn't being taught properly. Grade schools in general barely scratch the surface on what kids need to know. For history we just read extra on what ever they are currently studying and I talk to him from a liberty perspective. For science, we do that at home with science kits. Building and construction is also important for spacial awareness and visualizing.

For my daughter in Jr. High, I only have to guide. She is in Honors Geometry, Honors English and Honors Reading. How we suppliment her, is any science project, history or writing project we have her pick a subject that will help her fill in the gaps that isn't being covered.

Like for instance teacher assigns:
- biography = paper on Ron Paul's life
- science fair = hydroponics
- essay on Boston massacre = Fault lies with British because of intolerable acts
- essay on UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights =
write about natural rights, the constitution, the jurisdiction of the UN and the holes in he UN document that the US constitution does a better job with.

There is always a learning opportunity from film editing and contructing commercials to learning basic electronics and marketing products. We've done time-lapse science fair projects.

Point is we just take every assignment to the next level allowing them to learn twice as much.

I don't have a child in High School but I fully intend to continue with doing this same strategy. Every project and every assignment will be used to the best advantage of my kids getting all they can out of school.

So for learning about Tesla? I'd have him do his next project on it that can fit that category. Either in English research, History paper, or science project or recreating a Tesla coil or something can be done for him to incorporate this into his school life.

He can also simply get a good book about Tesla and use that for his recreational reading.

Hope that helps. It works for us

History

For middle and high school history, get a copy of Tom Woods "Politically Incorrect Guide to US History"

Written like a textbook, and is a valuable resource for dealing with the ommisions of revisionist history taught in public schools.

A lot of schools have "book reading" summer and year long assignments, and the list of approved books is restricted to collectivist unappealing drivel that drive kids away from reading.

If these book lists appear to be subjects like:
"Poor immigrant abused by White American"
"Gay people abused by White American"
et, al....

Get your kid's assignments changed by consulting the teacher directly. Lower school teachers are flexible, and most are not as allegiant to the crap the establishment publishes, unlike college professors.

Maps

Find maps of the world from different periods in time. They provoke the mind to understand why they change from one era to another. Also, they're interesting just to look at.

For electrical circuit related things (because of an interest in Tesla), check out https://www.circuitlab.com/ It's a web site that allows people to create, test, and share circuit schematics online for free.

you might supplement this witha cheap breadboard and some LED's

and other components. Nothing teaches like hands on experience. 20-30 bucks spent on these items will teach your kids a world about electronics. If you have a HAM radio try reaching out to people around the world (if you don't have a HAM radio get a kit for advanced electronics and build one. Mathematics should be fine as long as they are challenging themselves, but for mental math play cards or dominoes where they need to calculate quickly mentally; my father did this, and I won several math competitions as a result. Mostly teach them some history, especially world history regarding the rise and fall of the Roman empire, and other empires. Once they see the pattern there will be no holding back their interest in history.

Josh Brueggen
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Very cool!

Building a radio sounds amazing, thanks so much.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

Great ideas!

thanks.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

More resources:

http://mises.org/media/categories/99/Fundamentals-of-Economi...

This is a series of 10 lectures by Dr. Joe Salerno and Dr. Peter Klein, it's pretty much a complete course in economics from the ground up. If you listen to the entire series, you're going to know more economics than a lot of professional economists.

http://mises.org/media/categories/217/The-American-Economy-a...

This is a 13 lecture course by Murray Rothbard on American history from about the Civil War to World War Two, focusing on economic history. This is worth its weight in gold as far as I'm concerned, I've listened to it in its entirety twice.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

obligatory thank you comment

So I can find these links to view later

Most valuable thing I learned from the internet

Way back when I first discovered my "libertarian" streak, I watched Michael Badnarek's Constitution Class on You Tube. I learned more about rights, gov't etc. from that than I did in all of my schooling, including college. It is several hours long, but taken in 30-60 minute segments, it could be the most valuable education you give them. Lively discussions will ensue. I plan to have my 13-year-old watch it soon.

I also love Peter Schiff's book "How An Ecnonomy Grows and Why It Crashes." Anyone from adolescent through adult will learn a lot in a short amount of time. The lessons are given through a "fictional" story, but real-life parallels are easy to identify. My kids read that with me when they were 11 and 13, and they mostly got it. My son still talks about it, and I use examples from that book to educate my friends on economic topics.

Good luck!

Everyone should know economics.

It's more important for the average person than physics, chemistry, advanced math, etc - the only thing as important as economics is history, and to understand history, you need knowledge of economics.

The best introductory economics book IMO is Henry Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson."

Free PDF:
http://mises.org/document/6785/Economics-in-One-Lesson

Best of luck with your teaching!

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Cyril's picture

I wholeheartedly agree.

"Everyone should know."

I wholeheartedly agree.

At the dawn (yes, it is still *only* the dawn) of this information age, we keep losing millenniums-old past wisdom about sound, simple economics.

The Peoples have been deceived for more than a century now, if it's not longer, by the new breed ... of LIARS. THIEVES. ENVY FREAKS. CONTROL FREAKS.

Or even, all of the above.

That used to be Marx. This is now about Keynes, taught in mainstream academia to students enjoying iPhones and 24/7 access to an ubiquitous WWW, yet NOT EVEN KNOWING any longer WHAT exactly REAL money is supposed to be, and to be used for.

But of course, it all started (or rather, continued) with an even older betrayal, probably the only one that predates the great economic confusion, allowing the latter to bring on its harm:

The Betrayal against LANGUAGE.

EVERYTHING is economic AND linguistic. Or linguistic AND economic. Pick your order preference.

A yard is a yard. A pound is a pound. A gallon is a gallon.

The Bible (and other, non religious, texts) warned us against elasticity and loose definitions.

And with contempt and recklessness or laziness, the peoples failed to pay enough attention or care to remember.

And got fooled. By the LIARS. PARASITES. CROOKS. Intellectual or practical : doesn't matter. Same breed of those who thrive on insulting human intelligence AND memory.

Whoever claims to care about their own freedoms has no longer any excuse to continue disregard History, Language, and Economics.

Irony:

a seven (or 8, or 9, or etc) year old who has started collecting and trading baseball players cards has BETTER knowledge about trade, honesty, the value of research, and scarcity than most of the adults who surround him ... before they corrupt him, his turn.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

deacon's picture

yes because all kids

should spend all day doing schooling
supplementing public fools system?
spending more than half the day to unschool them?
yeah nice plan
deacon

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

Is this personal?

You always seem to have an attitude with me.

I believe in homeschooling with all my heart. I would unschool all day if I could. It's not possible for everyone. Even still, I am doing my best to raise them with values, and truth. Problem with that?

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

deacon's picture

i have no attitude with

you, personal or any otherwise
if i question a post,this is not direct attack
on the poster
but lets go back a post or 2,i questioned the integrity
of your post about cops,my questions were about the post,not the person
as i do not know you,but when anyone sees thousands upon thousands of bad cop vids,this does sink in,and i pointed that out,or i tried to
and when i gave some advice to help,what did i get back from you?
belittlement,when i was trying to help span that void
now lets step ahead,sending kids to school sucks,you and i both know it
as well as others,kids get sent all kinds of mixed messages,but the teachers,in their eyes RULE(kids earn bragging rights just by knowing
them,and that's all they talk about
kids could sit for 4 hours a a day and learn just as much as they did in school,with none of the stress involved
by sending them kids to school they will learn lies,lies told once to kids takes much more effort to get rid of,before they can even learn truth
this takes more effort,as they have to unlearn lies first.before anything else can go in and stick
like i mentioned,i have no problem,nor judge you,i wouldn't do that,
even if we were neighbors and friends
but it is hard to get rid of that fairy tail nonsense kids pick up from school,i know this is fact,i do home school
i was the one correcting the teachers, and their homework, as they were,and are wrong even now
my point was as is now,it is hard to get rid of lies from the ones
kids think are gods
i hope this clears some things up,i did try
sorry,forgot to mention,i did not see who wrote this until
you commented to my post
deacon

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

Thanks

for clearing that up. We have butted heads a few times but perhaps I misunderstand you.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

deacon's picture

you know

this site has all kinds of topics
i learn farming,aquaponics,rocket mass stoves
politics,ect ect
4 hours a day here studying the things that work
or at least has a chance,has to be better than
school
plus the added benefit of not having to deprogram them
see... win..win
deacon

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

jrd3820's picture

May I suggest?

Depending on their age..... The Cowperwood Trilogy by Theodore Dreiser is not taught in schools these days. While it is fiction it is based on very real events that took place in economics during the Industrial Revolution. It is a fun way to take a look at economics.

free for Kindle

I just found the first two books in this trilogy (The Financier and The Titan) free for Kindle from Amazon. The third book was written later and is not in public domain (free) so you would have to buy it or get it from your library.

Very cool!

Thank you!

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

jrd3820's picture

Yeah

I actually had a hard time finding the 3rd one because it is out of print. I collect first edition books and have searched high and low for copies of 1st edition for any of these and have not found a reliable source on it.

That sounds amazing,

thank you much:)

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

you should always teach your

you should always teach your kids about the amazing stuff like nikola tesla, where they don't get the truth in full as all of us graduates know from experience.