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Come Up With Projects When Homeschooling
Due to its many benefits, many parents are considering homeschooling for their children. Homeschooling allows for a more flexible academic experience, and curriculum can be easily tailored to your child's particular needs. As the costs of private schools continue to rise, homeschooling becomes a reasonable economic decision as well.
When you decide to homeschool your children, you need to become informed 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 undoubtedly 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 academic 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 learned.
For instance, 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 ecosystem 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 necessary 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 effectual is that they serve multiple educational purposes: your youngster 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 enlist other members of the family. The ecosystem, for instance, could be placed in a noticeable location, and other family members will no doubt take interest. It's a great academic 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 advantage of having "home" and "school" being one: you child can not only tell, but show.
When you homeschool, you're not restricted by the practicalities essential in a public or private school system. Project ides are only restricted by you and your child's imagination. For each and every unit, stimulate your child to come up with long term project ideas and use their learning in a useful way. Not only will the project allow your child to learn more about the topic, 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 academic experience.
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