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Teacher’s Tool Kit for Parents: A Few of My Favorite Things

Revisiting Some Archived Articles that Have Not Been Lost, but May Have Been Forgotten and Are Worth a Fresh Read

Original Post Date: June 4, 2012

When I began to home-educate my boys almost thirty years ago, I realized that there were many deficiencies in my own education. Even though I had a degree in engineering and a career as an aerospace engineer, there were many subjects which I, myself, did not understand. What is more, I certainly did not know how to teach these subjects to my boys.

I quickly learned that home education begins with the self-education of a committed parent. I scoured bookstores and convention booths for resources to fill in the gaps in my own education. Over the years, I have collected a few quality favorites that prepare parents in core academic areas.

Although this may seem like hard work (it is), there are great rewards. We not only reclaim our children’s educations; in the process, we reclaim our own. The hard work thus redeems two generations at once. Envision with me the fruits of our labors as our children’s children begin with a solid educational foundation. Think what they will teach our great-grandchildren!

With the end results in mind, here are a few of my favorite resources for training yourself as your child’s primary teacher. I think they are a great investment for any homeschool family. If you can’t afford to own them all, work toward creating a library for your CC community.


· Learning to Teach ReadingWriting Road to Reading

· Learning to Teach GrammarOur Mother Tongue

· Learning to Teach LiteratureTeaching the Classics


· Learning to Teach Writing – Institute for Excellence in Writing and The Lost Tools of Writing

IEW for parents of children under 12, and The Lost Tools of Writing for parents of older children


· Learning to Teach Science with a Scriptural worldview – The Soul of Science

· Learning to Teach Math - Teaching Tape Technology:

Saxon 8/7 DVDs for parents of children learning Saxon 8/7 and below, and

Algebra 1 for parents of children learning Algebra 1/2 and above

CATEGORIES: Articles, Classical Christian Education, Dialectic Stage (ages 12 to 14), Grammar Stage (ages 4 to 11), Rhetoric Stage (ages 14 to 18)

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