Come Up With Projects When Homeschooling
Due to its many benefits, many parents are choosing
homeschooling for their children. Homeschooling allows for a
more flexible educational experience, and curriculum can be
easily tailored to your child's individual needs. As the costs
of private schools continue to rise, homeschooling becomes a
viable economic decision as well.
When you decide to homeschool your children, you need to become
knowledgeable on a broad range of subjects so you can prepare an
adequate educational plan. Once you have established a plan,
which should include targets for different subject areas, you
should consider the idea of unit projects.
You're probably familiar with projects, as you likely did one or
two if you came through the public school system. Projects are a
great way to implement and test knowledge acquired through an
educational unit. A good plan is to have a multi-week unit set
up for a given subject, and at the end of the unit assign a
week-long project that will make use of what your child has
For example, if you and your child study a biology unit, a great
week long project is to create an ecosystem. This can be done
with an old aquarium, and your child's goal will be to create an
environment that can be self-sufficient in the sealed aquarium.
In learning about the water table and the different cycles of
nature, encourage your child to think of the best way to make
his or her ecosystem. After your child has come up with a plan,
take him to a store to by the requisite materials with which to
begin his project. Once it is started have him track the
ecosystem's progress every day.
The reasons that projects like this can be very effective is
that they serve multiple educational purposes: your child will
not only be learning as he goes, but he will be learning in an
engaging way, and most likely with a higher level of retention.
A project can also engage other members of the family. The
ecosystem, for example, could be placed in a prominent location,
and other family members will no doubt take interest. It's a
great educational experience when your child can not only
excitedly report on a project's progress to his parents, but
actually show the work at hand. Every parent has witnessed a
child from the publics system describing a project they're doing
at the dinner table, but as a homeschooling parent you have the
benefit of having "home" and "school" being one: you child can
not only tell, but show.
When you homeschool, you're not limited by the practicalities
necessary in a public or private school system. Project ides are
only limited by you and your child's imagination. For each and
every unit, encourage your child to come up with long term
project ideas and use their learning in a practical way. Not
only will the project allow your child to learn more about the
subject, it will carry over into the home as a whole: other
family members will take interest, and the whole process of
buying the materials and planning the project will become part
of your child's educational experience.