By: Krystle Crossman
As you get a few years into home-schooling your child you may start thinking that you want them to learn a little more independently. This is not necessarily because you don’t want to home-school them anymore, but you want them to learn how to do things on their own. It would be nice to have a little bit of time during the day to get some housework too wouldn’t it?
Start out with something simple. One home-school mom suggests the Explore the Code series of workbooks as they have a consistent pattern to them. Once your children learn how they are set up they will be able to work on them by themselves. You can give them a few pages to work on alone while you do some housework near them in case they have any questions. This is also a great time to have some one-on-one time with a younger sibling if there is another home-school student in the home. Letting your child work while you are supervising nearby but not hovering over them is a huge step towards independent learning.
Make sure that your kids are encouraged to read outside of school times. Reading on their own is a great activity to continue learning, broadening their imagination, and strengthening their vocabulary and reading skills. Be sure to get a library card!
Let your child check their own work. This will help them to spot problems along the way and also help them to fix those problems that they may be seeing. Check their work with them and make sure that they understand why something may not be correct and show them how to correct the problem. You can also show them how something should look when they are completing an assignment such as showing them how a short essay should be written. This will give them some guidelines and let them go out on their own and complete the assignment by themselves.
Your kids are always going to need your guidance while you are home-schooling but letting them do some things independently will help them along the way when they are older and at a higher grade level.