Sing a song, draw a picture, read a book or view a video, there are a ton of ways that a homeschooling parent can teach their kids today. What you read here should help you explore all sorts of ideas which will make your classroom the best on the block.
Include your child’s hobbies in their learning. If they enjoy building model cars, pick up reference books for them to read and include building a car as a project. Teach them about how an engine works, how cars affect the environment and even use the speed and distance a car goes in math lessons.
Be flexible. If a teaching method doesn’t seem to be working, try something new. Sticking to something that is not working does neither of you any favors. A new approach can help your child see the subject in a new way. This might help shed some light on a previously confusing topic.
When educating your kids, you should make sure that you provide some practical lessons. Speak in Spanish regularly if you’re teaching Spanish, or feed your kids Italian food when learning Italian history. Immerse them in the culture. This is also useful for social studies and anthropology topics. Studying ancient Rome? Break out the figs, dates and togas! If learning about World War II, you can have them cook schnitzel, pasta and sushi as they go through the various Axis countries in their learning. When learning with all your senses, it helps the information stick.
Don’t forget the ‘social’ side of school. A child gains much more from school than simply academics. Make sure that your child is involved in activities that a school offers such as sports and music. This can be achieved by meeting other homeschool parents and organizing extra curricular activities at the end of the school day or the weekend.
Make a list of the positives and negatives of public school and then do the same for homeschooling. These lists can be used to guarantee that your children get the lessons you feel they may have missed in public school. The list can be a check list of certain situations to avoid, and what areas to be your focus as part of their education. Place it someplace safe, where you can easily reference it.
Look around for yard sales that have homeschooling materials. This is an inexpensive way to find things. You may also meet other homeschooling parents. Check your local paper. Also, keep your eyes open on the weekend for signs. You never know what interesting things you may discover by doing this.
If you are just starting out with homeschooling, give it some time to work. Do not give in the first week or month. It will take some time for you and your children to adapt to the routines. You may have a hard time getting some older kids to accept the new schooling method if they were once in schools with their friends.
Whether you want to teach your kids math, science, history or English, the advice you’ve read should help you do so in a fun manner which lets your kids embrace their education. This in turn assures you of knowledge retention, the key to a great education. Good luck with your lessons!