Homeschooling Tips – Hands on learning with unit studies; creative homeschooling doesn’t mean complicated. You don’t have to be an artist, scientist, or trained teacher to get kids excited about learning. With a few tools and tips, you can change the atmosphere in your homeschool.
Hands on Learning with Unit Studies
Make learning fun and effective by implementing a few simple ideas. I’m a big believer that inspiring our students to WANT to learn should be one of our main goals in teaching. Getting them interested in learning is half the battle.
If you have been frustrated, kids are bored, and are struggling in your homeschool, please hear me now . . . STOP! Stop right in your tracks and hit restart – seriously, you are the principal after all. By adapting a more hands on approach, you can regain the joy of homeschooling, get kids excited about learning, and help them actually retain information.
Really, you don’t have to just suffer through!
- Don’t be afraid to drop your current curriculum. You don’t have to throw it out, you might like it for a reference. Use it to gain ideas or to help follow guidelines on what you want to dig into with the kids. It doesn’t have to go to waste, but you should never just be stuck with curriculum that isn’t working for your family.
- Ask kids what THEY want to learn! Really, sit them down in a family meeting and let them know you realize that things aren’t going so hot. Remind them you are in this together, that it’s important, and then ASK them to help you come up with new ideas to make learning fun!
- Break it down. Breaking up your studies into smaller, more easily absorbed sections can make a world of difference. Many kids are not designed to SIT and listen and write for hours. You know your child best, so determine reasonable times for each. Realize this may need to be adjusted as you go.
4. Don’t try to do every subject every day! Are we nuts? This is a recipe for disaster. Just don’t do it. Reading and math may be important every day. If you child struggles with something particular, you might need to set a schedule to review it daily for 10-15 minutes to help it stick. . . but don’t try to complete a big checklist every day. They will NOT retain the information and you will burn out quickly.
5. Combine subjects and ages using unit studies that include hands on and interactive learning. When teaching the family, it makes things much simpler if you combine subjects (like Bible and handwriting, Science and Geography) by using unit studies. Create your own – check out the Delightful Planner – or buy our Adventures Interactive Unit Studies. Once you do a few of them, you can easily create your own based on whatever topic you decide on.
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