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    That was COOOOOOL sound-ing!

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    You mean Porky's Blue Christmas, or conducting a homeschool class in operatic form?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Okay, here's something. Last night I was teaching my teenagers the last section on Pyle's Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. A couple of days ago we had watched the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera on DVD.

    The odd thing about that film is that, in it, almost all the lines are sung. Absently, at the beginning of the class I rattled off "The PHAAAAAN-tom of the opera is here... inside your mind!" And we proceeded to conduct the next ten minutes of class in operatic form. All the questions and answers were sung to melodies made up on the spot.

    My 12-year-old ENTP son immediately caught on. My 13-year-old (ENFJ?) daughter took about ten seconds longer, and my 14-year-old (ISFJ?) nephew didn't want to have anything to do with it and kept threatening to leave.

    The part of the story we were studying is the one in which Robin Hood dies, so at one point I sang "We know that Robin died, now tell me if you can... How did he BIIIITE the BIG one?!?" And my daughter echoed in chorus fashion "...BIIITE the BIG one!" Thereafter it was a theme.

    "What the prioress do... to help him BIIIITE the BIG one?!?"
    "...BIIIITE the BIG one!"

    What did the merry men do... after he BIIIIIT the BIG one?!?"
    "...BIIIIT the BIG one!"

    So then my nephew protested "What's with all this biting the big one? No! No more!"

    "Very well then... how did he KIIIIIIICK the BUCK-et?" I sang.
    "...KIIIIIICK the BUCK-et!" my kids echoed.

    A good time was had by all.
    OMGoodness!!! That sounded like so much fun!
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    Homeschool Power! Oberon, you sound like a fabulous teacher, a lot in teaching style like my (surprise!) ENFP mother. She had the perfect balance of silly, enthusiasm, and routine, and I adored my homeschool experience, mostly because of her. If one can't be silly about education, then it's truly a dreadful experience!

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    Thanks for the props.

    My approach to homeschooling has been, in part, to teach serious content and serious concepts with a measure of silliness. This is the opposite of the public school approach, which is to teach silly ideas and to treat them with uncompromising seriousness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Thanks for the props.

    My approach to homeschooling has been, in part, to teach serious content and serious concepts with a measure of silliness. This is the opposite of the public school approach, which is to teach silly ideas and to treat them with uncompromising seriousness.
    There's something to be said about having an imaginative teacher. They'll learn a lot from you. (double duty enjoyment because you are their father!)
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