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    Default Friday Roll Call, 11/3 -- Poll #1 (sort of!)

    Happy Friday, everyone! Today, to mix things up, I thought we could all chime in today with the subject(s) we most like to teach to our kids (and others, if you are part of a co-op, class, etc.). Is this an old passion or a new one? Why do you enjoy it so much? I'd do a poll, but I'm sure I'd miss a subject somewhere. And I know this has been asked before, but we've had some new members join since, so we should get some variety.

    I'll go first! As many of you probably already know, I love to teach physics and math. This is an old passion, as I have been teaching it in one form or another since I was 22, and I'm a loooong way from 22 right now. I really enjoy showing others patterns in the world and how it all seems to fit together. I love explaining WHY things are the way they are (blue sky, red sunset, rainbows, etc).

    To a lesser degree, I loved teaching history with my kids, but for a very different reason. I learned or relearned quite a bit of it through the years. Again, I liked seeing how events across time and locations affected different parts of the world and different cultures. We also did quite a few related field trips (vacations) with historical bents, so that was fun too!

    So what really makes you excited when you teach it to your child(ren)?

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Love teaching math and science because I am good at it, because I know it well enough to explain it to a 5yo, because I think it is a highly useful knowledge to have. Also love learning history with my kids because I have so many 'holes' to fill in, and even so many 'big pictures' to create or revise for my own sake.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    I love all of it too, I think. I like learning, and following my own rabbit trails - although google and wikipedia are usually enough for me. And there is a lot of satisfaction when I see them have an Eureka! moment, or learn a new concept in math, for example. Teaching the baby that for 5+3, he doesnt have to start the counting with “1” but can go with “5”.... and then he gets it!

    Oh, and like Oksana said, learning the history and stuff for myself. I was in stitches laughing over Peru’s Llama Crown, and the Guano Wars.
    The llama crown, Peru Quirky Guide
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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I love teaching history because there are so many connections to current events throughout and also love learning about different cultures. I love teaching science because I know a lot about it and it all comes together. I am amazed at how I even enjoy teaching math. I never really understood math, I just memorized how to do it and that was it. Now I get the why of math not just the how and I love that!
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    Of the things I teach through "direct instruction" I think math is the best, and the worst. Best, because I have a passion for helping them see the connection between procedure and concept, and between math and important challenges in life, and because I am also filling in potholes in my own math education, along the way. Worst, because my kids' temperaments and abilities vary, and what worked for the oldest doesn't work so well for the next oldest, but the 3rd one is more like the oldest, so I keep having to style-switch. Reminds me of how I got to a point of mixing up Russian and Japanese when I had studied both, and would substitute a word in one for what I meant in the other when I couldn't remember the word.

    I love history and science, too, but those are not so much done in a formal textbook sort of way, though I hope to try to be a little more organized with history if Project Home Reclamation goes as hoped, such that we can enjoy the holidays together in a much cleaner, saner household.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    I think I'd have an easier time picking my least favorite subject, than picking my favorite. A good problem to have, right?

    Right now I love teaching linguistics. It is a fascinating topic, that I never had any exposure to until homeschooling.
    DS 15, DD 13
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