This brings me to an article written by Dr. Arthur Robinson that I read a short time ago. For those of you who do not know, Dr. Robinson is the scientist who created a homeschooling curriculum for his children after his wife died called "The Robinson Curriculum." All of the children went on to become scientists. What I have put together here on this site is a template drawing largely from his approach and curriculum, although I have made a few changes to the booklist (not many). I also use it to teach my own child and if you follow it ( or incorporate some of the ideas) it does work out quite well. You won't waste a lot of time on busy, nonsensical work and subjects. And the children actually do learn a lot in a rather short period of time. If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum in its original format or just want to find out more about the Robinsons and the philosophy behind the curriculum, visit www.robinsoncurriculum.com
Anyway here is an excerpt from the article Social Skills and Thinking :
"Often parents think about this [the main goal] in terms of a "better life" for their children - more wealth, more leisure, a larger house, and more "happiness." A truly better life, however, depends more importantly upon a better understanding of the world and a better comprehension of the worldly and spiritual matters taught to us in the Bible. In order to gain that understanding and that comprehension, our children need above all else to develop their ability to think."
The Robinson Self-Teaching Curriculum: A Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide
Single Parent Homeschooling: The Robinson Self-Teaching Curriculum