When I think of my main demographic for “Arithmetic Village” it is obviously the homeschooled. Everyone who will ever learn math will benefit from AV. Hopefully schools will use it, and hopefully parents will have it at home.
But homeschoolers are close to my heart.
As a former teacher, I homeschooled both of my older children until they were eight-ish. I am currently homeschooling my six year old. I loosely use Oak Meadow, mixed in with other lesson plans I loved from when I was a teacher, and generally let the days be child led.
My oldest, begged me to go to the local school when she was seven. She kept writing stories about princesses who wanted to go to school, it broke my heart, so I let her go. (I thought that she would change her mind- but she didn’t.) My middle daughter wanted to be with her friends who were all going to a new school in our neighborhood. Maybe my youngest will always stay at home with me, I hope so. I would love the experience of homeschooling throughout high school.
I believe that by giving my children a slow start, it gave them a firm grounding in imagination, play
and problem solving. They were in a much more confident place when they finally did enter school. I believe they excel at school now because they aren’t burnt out.
Sometimes my fifteen-year-old reminisces about her home school experience she was in a small home school group.
We used to read books in trees.
She called it her tree school.