Lesha, how did you discover your family’s grading philosophy? Why is this important for homeschoolers?
Let me answer the second question first. It’s important because families have a wide variety of educational philosophies—some are rigorous, some are relaxed, some are structured, others more flexible—and since we have so many teaching approaches, it makes sense to use a wide variety of grading methods. I developed my own personal philosophy slowly, over the course of several years. First, I looked at my children’s gifts and interests and that helped me to determine what it was I wanted them to master, and what I wanted them just to be exposed to. My daughter’s a writer; she needs to master concepts related to language. My son is good with tools and design, so he needed to master math and science principles. Neither of them showed a specific music talent, but still I wanted them to appreciate all kinds of music, so I exposed them to a variety of concerts and programs. I was pretty subjective when evaluating the music, but I was more specific with the areas that would prepare them for their careers. The combination of the simple and the complex really worked for us.
Lesha, thank you so much for joining us this week, and I’m sure this has been of tremendous benefit to our listeners. So, until next time, I’m Mike Smith.
Thank you for having me, it’s been a pleasure.