There are so many ways to enrich a child’s mind that do not involve being sat in front of a teacher for hours at a time. This is where homeschooling comes into its own. In a natural, comfortable environment, it’s so much easier for your child to concentrate and learn.
Helping your own child through their life as a parent and a teacher is very rewarding. Yet the majority of parents send their children to a mainstream school for two main reasons. It’s easy and it is sociable. But homeschooling can be just as sociable!
In school, your child will have two or three field trips or educational visits a year. With homeschooling, you can base as much of the learning as you want around field trips. For example, if you’re studying a part of history that your local museum is showcasing, it is so much more effective for it to be seen and understood by looking at artifacts face to face.
Museums are full of knowledge that a classroom can’t teach as easily. It is more likely to stick in your child’s mind compared to reading out of a textbook. Learning in the great outdoors is also much more effective.
Homeschool learning is just so much more hands on, it really can’t be beat. You’ll be able to pick how many of these visits you do a year, and where you’d like them to be. Nothing is more exciting than a day at school where you’d leave to go on a trip. You can bring this excitement and enrichment as many times as you’d like.
Many online resources can help keep your child interested. Educational games help enrich a child’s mind through the power of fun. Whether it be math or English, the internet will have it.
There are even typing games available to help build up the first basic computer skill needed. Sometimes it can be difficult to teach something. Let the online teacher do the work for you. For example, if you struggle with fractions, there may be a game out there that can help you both learn at the same time.
Different Teaching Methods
In school, different teachers have different teaching methods that some children just cannot learn from. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can constantly evolve your teaching method to suit your child. They won’t go through their whole schooling time with just one method of learning. As they age through teenage years, it’s likely to change.
This is where schools falls short, they don’t adapt. The adaptation you give is what will be able to enrich your child’s mind constantly. You know them better than anyone else. You’ll be able to see if what you’re saying is sinking in, or whether they’re paying any attention at all. Talk to them often to find out what you can do to improve.
Having to study a subject you don’t even like can be less than enriching. The lack of interest will lead to lack of attention straight away. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can choose the curriculum depending on what your child wishes to study.
You’ll obviously have to study the basics such as math and English, but the rest can be up to you and your child. As they get older, you’ll be able to tailor the curriculum more to the career they wish to head to, rather than what a school would want to study.
Homeschooling is ultimately one of the best ways to enrich a child’s mind. The freedom, the comfort, and the tailored curriculum are exactly what children need to learn.