Now that another school year has begun, many children are excited to start the school year with their new set of uniforms, new pair of school shoes and new designs of their bags. Our family is not exempted from this excitement! Because we are homeschoolers, my kids are more excited with their new notebooks, pencils and books!
We are on the second week of the school year, I am just really glad that the kids are excited to start school every day. They don’t want to be “late” and are geared to start every morning. We have come up with our daily schedule and so far, for my 3rd grader, we are studying from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Of course, that is inclusive of breaks. While my preparatory or senior kinder student finishes earlier with longer breaks in between.
One of the problems of most moms is how to keep the kids excited about school everyday? Here are some lessons we’ve learned through the past years:
Make the lessons interesting and interactive. Most children are curious and loves to learn. Sometimes, it is just the way of lessons are presented that makes the child bored. Knowing what kind of learner your child is would help in the way the lessons should be presented.
Give timed breaks. Breaks can help the child release the stored up energy while doing school work.
Schedule field trips. Interviews, museum trips or hands on experiments always makes the lesson more interesting.
Read books that are related to your topic. Books can widen one’s perspective and bring various experiences which helps the children appreciate the lesson more. Living books and classics are highly recommended.
Relate what they learn to real life situations. Whether it is Science, Math, stories or Social Studies, the children will remember and recall the lesson more vividly.
What is most important is that you as the parent, should embody that it is fun to learn. Once the children cultivates a love for learning, you won’t even have to motivate them to study.
If you have any other tips, I would like to hear about it too!