Homeschool Essentials

Whether unschooled or highly structured, religious or secular, all homeschools encounter the same challenges. All successful homeschools exhibit the same essential qualities. This weblog will help you understand and apply those qualities, minimize frustration, and enjoy more success sooner.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Homeschool Essential DVD

Today's entry will be short, because of the holidays, but now they're past, you can expect something pretty much every day for a while. I've got a lot to share over the next weeks and months.

I just have to share with you the best homeschool DVD I've seen in a long time. Last night my wife and I watched Fred Rogers, America's favorite neighbor This is three hours of wonderful material about his life, greate moments from his 900+ episodes of children's TV, and other remarkable episodes.

A highlight is the confrontation between Fred Rogers and Senator Pastore in a congressional hearing 30 years ago. It has to be seen to be believed.

Fred Rogers understood children, and ministered to the needs of millions of them for thirty years. And just listening to this caring man, imbibing his spirit, makes me better. As he said at one point in the video, he respected children. For me, that has always marked the difference between the really worthwhile material for children, and the mountains of schlock. The best material never talks down to children, never treats them as foolish or stupid.

Rogers focused on child development, and that's one of the things that made him so effective. It also makes the most effective approach to teaching, whether in school or at home. Spending time with someone who did it so well can only help us do better.

I could go on, but the best thing to do is get the DVD-- you'll be glad you did.


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