Hi...my name is Leslie

Posted by LolliPopps 4 months ago to The Gulch: Introductions
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I am thrilled to be here at the Gulch! I am a mother of three beautiful sons, one still living at home and in high school. I am an artist and creative by nature. I have encouraged all my boys to read Atlas Shrugged. I read it several years ago and have just picked it up to read again. I feel it’s an honor to be among freedom seekers and like-minded thinkers.

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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 6 days, 20 hours ago
    How old are your sons? Did you introduce it to them when they were very young, or after they got interested in philosophical/political ideas on their own?--My reason for asking is that, while I think children should be encouraged in independent thought, it would not be a good idea to have them recite and memorize passages from Ayn Rand's writing, the way some Christian Fundamentalists have their children memorize and recite Bible verses.
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    • Posted by 3 days, 20 hours ago
      My boys are now 23, 22,15 with the 15 yo only one still at home. I homeschooled the oldest 2 in middle school, 12 to 14 yo, and introduced it to them them as part of reading program. We watched the movies when I came across them and compared to the book as part of lessons. I worked it into the program without so much as testing as discussing. My youngest is homeschooled 10th grade and I will be going through it with him this year. My oldest and I discuss it occasionally because as an adult he is becoming more aware of political environment now and can appreciate the similarities and ideals being pushed. I never required them to memorize the content. We read and discussed as an exercise how to have reasonable conversations on literary works compared to real life possibilities. This was a few years ago. I’ve been teaching my 15 yo the constitution and civics, economics on the side as a supplement to the online schooling program. This year we will discuss Rand and Orwell in the same manner as with previously with his brothers.
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