When people find out that we have homeschooled – right the way through – they often ask if I am a teacher by training.  I am not.  I am a mum – a mum who is passionate to find out the best ways to help my children be all they can be.  One of the tools I’ve chosen is homeschooling.  But I rarely say that – I just shake my head, smile graciously and say – no, just a mum!

As a mum I have four unique children – they have different learning styles, different interests, different character weaknesses, different strengths.  Over the years I have observed that regardless of which child I am teaching, which subject we are talking about, or which curriculum or resource we are using these 8 tips always help me teach what I want to teach.

 

Homeschool Mum: Teach a Great Lesson with these 8 Tips

1–Make Connections – we need to find a connection between the content we want our child to learn and the child’s life. In many situations this is easier if we look for principles that our children can learn to apply to their own life instead of just knowledge content. This turns our lessons from content to wisdom.

2–Keep it short, sweet and to the point – As we teach things to our children we need to watch our tone, our choice of words, and the duration of our talking. When we talk for too long, we tend to be talking from our own passion, rather than making connections with the other person.

3–Respect the child’s ability to learn – Most children want to learn and if they don’t we need to consider what has driven that desire away? Are we prepared to do what it takes to bring it back? The second aspect of this is that if we acknowledge their ability to learn we will talk to them intelligently, not dumbing either the content or our choice of words down.

4–Cause the child to think – Posing a question causes our children to think. Unfortunately we tend to deliver content to them without requiring them to think for themselves. We need to change our delivery style. This doesn’t mean we don’t teach (God instructs us to teach our children) but it does mean we involve them in our thinking in encourage them in their own.

5–Require the child to contribute – When we pose questions, and expect them to think for themselves, we have to be prepared for the “lesson” to go some place else. As we create an atmosphere that allows our children to contribute to the learning situation we will be surprised how varied and deep the lessons will go.

6–Generate real life applications – True learning only takes place when there is an application. The best applications have real life relevancy. Be careful that we don’t just create a paper trail to reflect our children’s learning but rather maximize the opportunities for real life projects.

7–Create a thirst – As we prepare and deliver a lesson to our child we need to create a thirst in them; a thirst to learn more. A successful teacher will leave them wanting to know more about what God’s Word has to say about everyday living and to learn more about God’s creation. When they go off by themselves to learn more, the knowledge/wisdom becomes their own – a part of their life, not just ours. We need to teach them to ask questions and find answers, and then give them opportunity to do so.

8–Expect to learn yourself – Maybe this should be the first point. We cannot approach our children’s education thinking we know it all. We must be ready to learn and grow ourselves. We learn not only from experiences but also from the people in our lives and if we are spending time with our children we will learn from them!

Do you have any tips to add to this list?

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