Self-sufficient, responsible, and able to meet deadlines are a few of the qualities I strive to instill in my children while homeschooling as well as in other areas of their lives. One way to help in accomplishing this is by teaching independent homeschool learning. Let me show you how it works for us and how you might want to try it in your homeschool.
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My children have been self-learners for quite some time now and would have it no other way. In fact, when I say we are going to work on a project together I am greeted with frowns and groans. They much rather I give them their assignments and let them complete their schoolwork by themselves. Now, do not take me wrong. Encouraging independent learning does not mean I ignore my children’s education.
I take a couple of weeks in the summer and plan the lessons for the entire school year and input those lessons into a computer program. Each Monday I give my children a printout of their daily assignments for the week. My children receive instruction via DVDs and computer programs for the more difficult subjects such as math. They also utilize textbooks, unit studies, and so forth. I check their work as they complete their assignments, provide feedback, give instructions for the next step if needed, oversee their science experiments (particularly those involving chemicals and dissection), and keep them on task.
My children are responsible for finding the answers to their own questions. This has expanded their research skills considerably, which will be an asset in their future learning and in their adult lives. If my children are unable to find an answer or do not understand a concept, they come to me and we work together.
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You may wonder how to implement the process of independent homeschool learning for your children. Please realize this takes time and does not occur overnight. You will want to begin by taking into consideration each of your children’s learning capabilities. If you have a child who struggles with school or a child who requires extra attention, you will not want him or her to have added difficulty. By teaching your older children independent homeschool learning first, you will have more time to help the child who needs it most.
You will also want to take into consideration each of your children’s ages. You will be the judge as to when it is time to allow your early elementary child to begin with self learning.
Steps for Teaching Independent Learning
Follow the steps below when you feel the time is right for your children to begin learning independently.
- Explain to your children what independent homeschool learning means and this is not an opportunity to goof off.
- Allow each child to complete one subject as a trial and see how they do.
- Teach your children how to find information needed for their studies (dictionary, safe online reference sites, books you have at home or from the library, and etcetera.)
- Provide them with their own container of school supplies.
- Make a box of science supplies accessible for your older students.
- Gather art supplies and place them in a handy area. Well, maybe up high if you have a messy child who needs monitoring.
As your children see themselves making progress and you are providing positive reinforcement, they become more excited about learning for themselves.
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