Modify your child’s lessons to include: Imagination, Creativity, and Problem Solving.
Let a child’s favorite interest boost their interest in learning. A child’s interest or obsession can create learning opportunities (ex.football). Read books about the game, legends, or rules. Writing assignments can include the following:
- Write a summary of a game they watched, history of the game, or a letter to their favorite player.
- Let them narrate a book report. Player injuries can be discussed in an anatomy study, and learning game rules can lead to study on ethics.
Watch a game together, or go to a game. In the math lessons, have them count by field goals (count by 3) touchdowns (count by 6), and safeties (count by 2).
Schedule in free-time.
Children can be too scheduled, so that children feel overwhelmed. They need time to be bored in their free time, before their imagination will kick in. Too much time spent on screens will make it harder for them to focus on reality. When your grandfather said, “my only toy was a stick”, that wasn’t so bad. Children can use their imaginations to build forts made from pine-straw or play happily with something built with sticks.
Utilize field trips to expand their book knowledge with experience.
Make sure to connect the field trip with an area of study. This may slow down a field trip tour, because you may end up spending a longer time exploring small details. This is why I prefer to have field trips without a group of children (homeschool group or large tour). Field trips in a group create an atmosphere where the children are paying more attention to their peers, instead of the object studied.
If you’re visiting a historical village, learn about the time-period before you go. Give them enough facts that they’ll be inquisitive when they arrive. This will help the child to ask questions and learn about the things they’re seeing. Watch a historical movie or documentary from the time-period afterward. This will be a good way for the historical information to stick in their minds. Discuss the video with them during and after. Try to compare and contrast the video with what they experienced at the village. And, let each child pick a field trip venue, based on their interests.
As your children grow older, share your own learning experiences (both good and bad).
Convey a lesson you have learned about yourself from school or training. Let your children ask any question with no fear of being dismissed. Let them know that their thoughts and feelings are important, but teach them how to find answers to their questions and concerns. With our wonderful helper, Google, teach them how to find answers to their questions. Doing this will develop in them an ease and confidence in research.
Be a good example.
Have books around them from birth. Read to them, and offer them books often. Soft books, cloth books, and even squeaky books became my children’s toys. Keep the books with their toys and they will love books. Read them their favorite book over and over and over. Take them to the library often and check out stacks of books. If they love books about bulldozers, help them find a stack of bulldozer books to check out. If they want to be a ballerina, help them find ballerina books and videos, too. And, make books even more special by giving books as gifts.
Doing these 5 things will help your child love learning and lead them to become a lifetime-learner.
@2018, copyright Lisa Ehrman