How much process do we teach or model? How much is content emphasised?
I think the topic content needs to be correct and as thorough as age group and ability [everyone’s involved] allows.
But I also take care to model and teach step by step the process of lapbooking. I see that as important as content – in its own time/space. I try to deal with some aspect of the process usually before we launch into a new theme or unit study – not in the middle of content. We also make a variety of booklets and folds before we start the content.
· Knowing how to research;
· ask questions to be answered;
· read through screeds of notes to gain the most important data;
· tracking down visuals like graphs, charts, photos;
· using a computer safely and wisely.
I think this stuff is more ‘lastingly’ useful than any specific knowledge they may learn.
There’s value in a separate “Steps of Research” topic – great for the brain matter in a teen’s head.
At the end of the day it comes down to what the big picture and purpose of homeschooling is for each family…