*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Groza Learning Center. All opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.
During my homeschooling journey, I discovered that education is something that plagues most parents.
I mean before our children are even born we are deciding what they should be and how we can get them to that career choice.
I wanted to share with you a few things that I have learned as a homeschool mom. In the last 6 years, of schooling my 3 children, who are VERY different, I have learned much.
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On with those things I learned.
- Children know what they like. I know crazy concept right?! We spend so much time telling our kids what to like. Instead, we need to stop and allow them to view the world.
- Learning does not have to come from just reading textbooks. Kids are SO DIFFERENT. If we are unable to see that, we need to take a step back. What one kid learns from reading a book, may require another kid to learn by doing a project, or another to paint a picture, or another to give a presentation. Don’t expect your child to just sit at a desk, read a book, listen to a lecture, take notes, and expect them to suddenly know it all. WE DON’T ALL LEARN THE SAME. Our learning styles are unique to us and who we are as people.
- Just read. There is something about just reading a book. Children can learn so much from reading a book. Don’t push it, just allow them to free read. I like to guide book choices, at least half need to have value (beyond fiction or twaddle books).
- Get your children active. They do not need to sit behind a desk or computer all the time. That includes your teenagers. According to this study by the CDC for physical activity and classroom performance, 60% of children show a positive outcome when physical activity is introduced.
- Don’t allow your children to fail. Meaning, if they come home from school with a poor grade on something, sit down with them and be sure they have actually learned the concept. Talk with the teacher and ask for further assistance. If you just say well you failed, do better next time, THEY AREN’T LEARNING THE OBJECTIVES, just passing by them.
- Make your children write. In this technological age, much of our learning is done on a computer, tablet, ect. But every child needs to know how to write and I mean actually put sentences and paragraphs together on a paper.
- Get your child researching. They need to truly learn how to research. Show them how to search and find books using the catalog system on the computer. Have them write down information from sources and cite those sources.
- Allow your children to perform. There is something about children who put on a performance. I don’t care if they make up a play or song and just put it on for the family. Or maybe give them a topic to make a speech on. They need to speak in front of others and get comfortable.
- Allow your children to communicate with people of all ages. Get them involved in community activities where they will come into contact with seniors, teens, large families, locals, and transplants as well. Communication is key to life. Our kids are GLUED to their phones and missing out on that element of life.
- Keep them learning…about everything!! Don’t make any topic off limits (within reason of course). My oldest is interested in becoming a gamer on Youtube. So we turned that in learning marketing, website analytics, ect.
I know that is a lot to take in. Remeber this took me 6 years to learn and I am still learning daily.
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