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One of the greatest things we can do as homeschooling moms is that we have the chance to teach our children the importance of being independent learners. After all, learning is a lifetime skill and not something that we are ever done doing.
Creating Independent Learners
Creating independent learners actually has no age limit on when one should begin. In fact, most veteran homeschooling parents will say that developing a love of learning starts at an early age. Some will give you an age to start but the fact still remains that it is a concept that is a must.
- Allow your child to lead: We all know that core subjects need to be taught. However, we also know that there are certain things that really peek our children’s interest. The beauty of homeschooling is that those core subjects are not the only subjects that we have to teach. Allow your child to dig deeper into topics that they love. Encourage it! This child-led approach allows your child to research, discover and ultimately learn new things. Not to mention a lot of times they will find even more things that they want to know more about.
- Provide your child the chance to accept the responsibility for their education: When your child is little and begins to read they can do small tasks alone. Review books, worksheets, folder games and private reading time are great ways to start this. The older they get the more that you can add on.
- Create a learning environment: Have resources available for your children based on the things that they love. They need materials to read, experiment with and truly discover. Yes, for younger children this will have to be supervised but it is still very much so possible. The older they get the more you can let go of the reins a bit.
- Don’t be scared to step back: In order to create independent learners, we have to be willing to step back a bit. Allowing our children to take control. Sometimes, this means allowing them to fail at times because even if they fail there is still a chance to grow.
As homeschooling moms, it is up to us to create independent learners and to show our children that learning is a lifestyle.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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