Five Steps Towards Engaging Your Students
- Monday, June 06, 2005
Owning pets can teach Science, as can growing collections, watching videos and television programs, and performing experiments. Social studies can be covered through reading historical fiction, playing board games and computer games, watching videos and documentaries, and playing with toy knights and castles. Reading books of their own choosing and writing book, movie, and game reviews constitutes the bulk of our boys' language arts repertoire this year. And parents don't need to fret when their 6 and 7 year olds aren't reading and writing yet. Much learning can happen through being read to and by making things, doing things, and going places. Our boys only became independent readers at ages 8 and 9 and yet had developed an extensive vocabulary, proper grammar usage, and a wide base of knowledge and experience.
"Milk" each interest as much as possible in order to cover required subject areas. Fill "gaps" in ways that suit each child as much as possible. And my final tip …If you do your best to honor who your child is and he or she is either apathetic or negative towards math or writing, take heart. A couple of hours per day spent on meeting academic requirements won't kill anyone. If they don't come away with a love of reading or a passion for science, at least they've developed a measure of discipline.
I'm convinced that honoring your child's "bent" by teaching according to his interests and strengths will make the facilitating of their education easier and more fun for parents and children alike.
Michele and her husband, Ted, homeschool their 12 and 13 year old sons in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. They've been leading a "lifestyle of learning" since their children were born. Michele works as a part-time hairdresser but her passion is writing. She's written and self-published a book about their family's homeschooling adventure called "The Homeschooling trail…A Journey of Faith" which can be purchased from her web site www.michelehastings.com.
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