In a slump? Feeling overloaded? Has homeschooling become a burden? Here are some ideas that may encourage you and help you get more out of your homeschool experience. To sum up…keep it simple.
- Incorporate quality literature. No matter what your style of homeschooling, rich literature and read-alouds can round out your studies and bring them alive.
- Keep notebooks. Notebooking, or documenting studies, adds a research and writing element, organizes not only the studies, but the mind, and helps build retention.
- Pursue the “real” thing when and where possible. School doesn’t have to be “schooly” to be effective. We don’t need a reader on which to practice our reading skills. We can write a paper on our area of interest instead of filling a page with information regarding our favorite summer vacation.
- Give your children room to follow their interests. Their skills will be developed as they are motivated from within to practice them on things they are interested in. Encourage them in real learning.
- Be observant. Watch for learning experiences. Living a learning lifestyle means taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.