This is my first blog article in Chinese!
Following are some points from several power point presentations of the speaker at the homeschooling workshop which I attended in Beijing last June 10 and 11. The workshop was in Chinese so I just translated the content using Google Translate and asked help from two students when the online translation was just too awful. Thanks to Poppy and Candice.
Parents feel that their knowledge is not enough, that they lack teaching skills and experience and that they do not have the capacity to meet the professional challenges of homeschooling.
The school system puts students under a lot of burden and stress. At the same time, we really don’t understand homeschooling and true education.
根据孩子的成熟程度，每天学习时间从几分钟到几小时不等。 手工工作时间至少跟学习时间一样多。 每天至少一小时的家庭或社区服务。集中于孩子的兴趣和需求，在一致性、好奇心和耐心方面要竖立榜样。与他们一起经历。
Depending on the child’s maturity, daily study time ranges from several minutes to several hours. There can be as much time doing household chores and study. At least one hour a day can be for community service. Focus on the child’s interests and needs. You must be consistent, patient and curious.
Real education should be fun, easy, have a healing effect, inexpensive, not stressful and effective. As long are you love to teach and are able to read, write, calculate and speak clearly, you can be a master teacher.
In a UCLA survey of 1,016 schools, it was found that public school teachers on average, communicate with their students directly for only seven minutes. This doesn’t give that much opportunity for the teacher to respond to each student. In contrast, in a typical home school, the number of daily interactions is nearly three hundred fifty times more.
Children enjoy reading and learning. Reading is the core of knowledge and learning. Read to the child at least fifteen minutes a day. It is fundamental that children learn by themselves. Train them in sequence to speak and then to write. Parents are their children’s learning guide and helper. Generally, you do not need to apply school teaching methods but the parents can arrange the learning content for the child. If the child has a problem, the can ask the parent. Two to three hours a day is enough for general book knowledge.
Train children from an early age to finish things, clean the house, buy food, cook, do laundry and other household chores. They can first study by looking and then they can do things on their own. They can take care of younger brothers and sisters and even help them study and do housework.
Parents are afraid that homeschooling might harm children or delay their progress. There is no perfect parent just as there is no perfect child.
Children have a strong capacity for self-development, self-healing and can cope with stress. They are born learners and explorers.
In the time when there were no schools and no textbooks, not even books, how did humans learn language? How do babies learn language?
Voice is the body of language, and characters are the clothes. When babies learn their mother language, they always start from listening. Babies and children have strong abilities in listening and focusing.
总之，听书具备种种优势。A.好的朗诵引起且增强我们的兴趣，更帮助我们理解；B. 听书轻松，不如读书那么容易累；C. 如果听书听累了，正好可当催眠曲；D. 可以在很多场合与各种活动同步进行，例如，散步、做家务、洗澡，开车，都可以听书；这些场合你无法同步读书。E.不伤眼睛。等等。调侃地说，听读是一种“富人”学习法，视读是一种“穷人”学习法。古代贵族常常雇书僮为自己朗读，当代高官也常用秘书来读文件。我等平民百姓雇不起书僮或“小秘”，但大朗诵家之经典朗诵水平比小秘高百倍，其音频唾手可得而免费使用。为什么不善用呢？
Anyway, listening to books has a lot of advantages. A. Good recitation can provoke and enhance our interest, helping us understand better. B. Listening to books is more relaxing and not as tiring as reading books. C. If you are tired and sleepy, the voice can serve as a lullaby. D. You can literally listen to books wherever you are and whatever you are doing. For example, when you are walking, doing housework, taking a shower or driving a car. For all the occasions where you can’t read, you can listen. E. Listening to books doesn’t damage your eyes. Some people tease that listening is for the rich while reading is for the poor. In the past, noblemen used to hire a servant in the study to read books for them. At present, top officials have secretaries to read documents for them. For ordinary people like us who can’t afford to hire a servant or a secretary, why not make good use of audio recordings of excellent speakers? They are accessible online, totally for free and way better than a secretary!
Let’s go back to the earlier and more natural way of language learning which is relaxed and fun. Get rid of the habit of depending on school methods and textbooks. Have more time using classic resources which are rich and alive. Homeschooling can be easy, efficient, high quality and affordable.