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I spend a lot of time with my granddaughter Jadyn and we‘re always doing something whether it’s school related or fun, today she wanted to play school, so I pulled up some 3rd grade curriculum for her to do and I graded her on it, as a parent or grandparent do you spend time teaching your children/grandchildren outside of the norm?

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Yes, when my daughter was a little girl we also played school. When she was on summer break I bought curriculum from the dollar store. I had her work on a couple of pages and also graded it. She loved it! When she went back to school she was ready and ahead of some of the other students.

It truly makes a huge difference when parents/grandparents spend time teaching outside of the norm. Sadly, that doesn’t happen often some parents think it’s just the teachers responsibility.


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      Linda L wrote Sep 6, 2014
    • Yes, when my daughter was a little girl we also played school. When she was on summer break I bought curriculum from the dollar store. I had her work on a couple of pages and also graded it. She loved it! When she went back to school she was ready and ahead of some of the other students.

      It truly makes a huge difference when parents/grandparents spend time teaching outside of the norm. Sadly, that doesn’t happen often some parents think it’s just the teachers responsibility.




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      Tuliplady wrote Sep 6, 2014
    • With my kids I always tried to teach them stuff above and beyond what they were learning in school.  I taught them a lot about plants and nature and geography (I don’t think they learn anything about this big country of ours in school).  They learned to do math that matters.  They learned to do fractions from cooking recipes and business math from helping me with bookkeeping for the ranch and my business.  Nothing like farming to generate math story problems!!!

      If I can teach my grandsons only one things, I hope to teach them to see the magic in the world around them.  But I hope I can share some of the same things with them that I did with my kids.




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      Tuliplady wrote Sep 6, 2014
    • I also remember the endless drilling them on multiplication tables.  Ugh!  But it’s gotta be done.




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      Linda L wrote Sep 6, 2014
    • In my days I had to memorize the multiplication tables.  

      Tulip, you‘re right I drilled my daughter w/ flash cards. Once you know it division isn’t that bad.




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      Tuliplady wrote Sep 6, 2014
    • I always found the best teaching moments were on roadtrips. Since we live in the middle of nowhere, there were a lot of those.  

      Now that they are older, I’ve found getting in the car and driving is a good way to get them to open  up and tell me what’s on their mind.




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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 8, 2014
    • I have the older boys after school anywhere from 1 to all 5 days.  If I don’t help them w/ the homework, who will?

      Science/Math-I let them help me in the kitchen.  They love measuring, mixing and to really help-they have to read me recipes and ingredients.




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