SC008: The Law of the Learner

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Season 2: Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own

Law 2: The learner must attend with interest to the material to be learned.

A learner – which is what our children are supposed to be – cannot be passive. To become a learner, a child must have two things: interest and attention. Unless and until the child becomes invested with interest and attention to the lesson, the teacher teaches but in vain.

One may as well talk to the deaf or to the dead as attempt to teach a child who is wholly inattentive.

So, what is attention, exactly? Gregory develops three types of attention, one progressing to the other naturally, and it is leading his students through the progression, the development, of attention, that is the teacher’s duty

Summary of the Seven Laws of Teaching

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Simple Sanity Saver: Audit Your Situation

To begin your own homeschool audit, look at your situation. You can't make an ideal homeschool plan in a vacuum, ignoring your own particular needs and circumstances. This section asks you to score your situation to assess the drains on your energy. The scores are totally arbitrary, but give you a grid by which to evaluate why your days might be feeling so hard - maybe they feel so hard because they are so hard! Which sections give you the highest points - is there something you can do there to lower your score? Are there ways you can compensate for a high score in one area by lessening your responsibilities in another? One question in this section asks you to add points if you have no homeschooling friends you talk to weekly. I think we underestimate what a help it is to have friends to chat with, friends with whom to share the load, even if only the mental load and not the daily work of educating our kids. Local friends who know you and your family are best, and it is worth rearranging life to foster those friendships. If that’s not possible, finding likeminded women online is the next best option - but we all need friends to share the journey with and talk shop. Seek out friendships and cut something else out rather than them when time feels tight.

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