Priorities

Here’s one of the realities of home education: It won’t go exactly as planned. (Sort of like life.)

Here’s one of the realities of home education: It won’t go exactly as planned. (Sort of like life.)

In order to stay sane, you need to prioritize your student’s activities. That way, when you have a bad day, get sick, go through a family emergency, travel, or find yourself with a houseful of inlaws, you know what subjects to complete–and which ones to allow to drop off the list.

Every family has its own priority list, but here’s our suggestion:

  1. Sleep. No matter what else happens, students should get plenty of sleep–particularly in high school.
  2. Exercise. Bodies that don’t move can’t think well.
  3. Math and language arts. These are absolutely vital to all other areas of achievement.
  4. History and science.
  5. Non-core subjects.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.

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