Homeschool Enrichment Tips, Learn to provide good life experiences too. I love homeschooling but realize it is not possible for every family. Lately, I have been getting emails of admiration from non-homeschooling Moms who want a little help on how to supplement their child's education. I love it! I thought I would write down some of the things we have done over the years as a jumping off point.
Homeschool Enrichment Tips Understand Your Kids
First I would recommend taking stock of was your child is, physically, mentally, relationally, emotionally, spiritually and academically. Make a list if you have to. Maybe we get things turned around when we hyper-focus on academics and leave other essential formational stuff out? Let the Lord lead you, on things that you see that your child needs.
Homeschool Enrichment Tips Build Habits
Do they need a good dose of habit training, how to do chores or how to take care of their hygiene? These skills are as critical as academics. Do they need to read some in-depth literature, other than fast food type stuff that is typical to early elementary readers? If you have never read a classic to your child or if they have never read one to themselves, then I would say that is something you need to work on today. You get the idea. Only you will now that for each of your children, and if you don't know, maybe you are just too busy or too overcommitted, and you need to slow down a bit so you can take stock of where you and your kids are going. I would recommend you intentionally add a few things to your family rhythm to help give you some well-balanced nutrition for your growing brood, whether home educated or not.
Homeschool Enrichment Tips Reading
Reading with your child is a significant buzzword right not, but what you read is made into a discussion. Pick a family read aloud. Stretch and pick a classic or even some Shakespeare. Charles and Mary Lamb make a great version just for kids. Living literature will take you and your child into more profound things like geography and history and science. These books are just outstanding, and every family would do well to read through them together. We have gone through seasons of this on and off in our family and are right now back in this season. Read a chapter after dinner, or pick one night a week to read out loud to each other, everyone taking turns at reading out loud.
Homeschool Enrichment Tips Earning Time
Make your children earn video game or TV time by reading 3 for 1. For every 3 minutes they learn, they can receive one minute of TV or video game time. It works for us, umm when I stick with it. Instead of filling your house with the sound of a TV on, play some music quietly in the background.Think through some practical things you can do with your kids. Take them to the post office and have them do the whole deal, buy the stamp, address, and mail the letter, use the automated kiosk, etc.
Homeschool Enrichment Tips Summary
Go to the hardware store and buy the supplies for a family project and involved them in actually checking out and paying for the items. Involve them in your whole life. Even the simple things can be a learning moment. You don't have to be a teacher or a school to schedule a field trip. You can make a few phone calls in your local area and set up some family things for you all to do together.
Okay, I know that is technically eight, but I was on a roll. Life is brief, and there are so many tasks you can do and accomplish when your kids are big and have flown the coop. So fight the urge to have it all and do it all right now. Take a little time, in whatever way you can, to add a little richness to your child's education today.