If you homeschool year round, your schooling has likely already begun for the school year. But if you prefer a more traditional school year, you and your children are gearing up for a new year of homeschooling!! With that comes a lot of new things for you and the children...new textbooks or workbooks, new skills, new topics, new challenges, new school supplies. Some of these are exciting and some not so much. The good news is that they don't have to steal your joy or your children's joy in learning.
There are number of ways to teach children new skills and introduce new topics. It's simply a matter of finding different ways to use them with your kids. Maybe manipulatives are best for a visual learner or a video that describes the steps for adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing will work for your auditory learner, those who do better by hearing the instruction. Or maybe your kinesthetic learner, who has to put his hands on everything to understand it, will do best when he can use a variety of objects to understand the mechanics of powering a light bulb with a battery.
Mama, don't get discouraged if you try to teach your child one way and he just isn't catching on! Try to find a new way to show him, ask fellow homeschoolers for ideas and check out homeschooling blogs. Start this year off great by being prepared to teach differently and being flexible while they learn to take in the new topics and skills.
Own this school year, homeschooling mama! You've so got this!!