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Keeping our kids engaged in their lessons is certainly a challenge at times.  Over the years I have found that there are certain teaching methods and strategies that help:

  1. Learn together as a family
  2. Give the kids a context or reason for them to learn the subject matter at hand
  3. Use their predominate learning style to capture their attention – visual, audio, or kinesthetic though once they are into it encourage them to use all learning styles.
  4. Keep lessons short – finish on a positive note each day so they want more
  5. Use picture books regardless of the subject we are studying – if they are older use a picture book to tease their interest then dig deeper (doesn’t matter what age my children are they all love a well written and beautifully illustrated picture book!)
  6. Keep output expectations (written work, projects etc) at a do-able level – don’t overwhelm your child with a large project, start small and let their enthusiasm grow the project.
  7. Be organised and know what you are doing before you sit with the children.
  8. Be flexible enough to go on rabbit trails.
  9. Integrate language arts into every other learning opportunity and therefore reduce the need for language arts lessons
  10. Finish it – don’t drag your unit on forever!  Come back and study some more another time if there is so much you want to discover with your kids.

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