Homeschooling often divides opinions as parents think very strongly about it. Some parents see it as a significant advantage, while others believe it hampers a child’s education. Regardless of homeschooling’s pros and cons, many of you find yourself in a position where you can’t avoid it. The schools have been shut, and you have to play a bigger role in your child’s education. There are innovative ways to teach your kids at home.
Understandably, it’s challenging to educate your kids while they’re at home. The main concern with homeschooling is that kids have too many distractions. Plus, with no teacher training, how can you teach them anything? Well, you’ll be surprised at how much you can teach your kids from the comfort of your home. If you get creative, you’ll start having fun with it as well! Today, we’ll look at a few innovative ideas that help your kids learn while they’re at home:
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Teach them through cooking
Cooking or baking with your children is an exceptionally clever way of teaching them new things. Obviously, you teach them basic cooking skills. Too many children grow up not knowing this, so it will help them a huge deal. From a more educational standpoint, it’s brilliant for teaching basic math.
For instance, you could have five tomatoes on the table and ask your child for three. Right away, this makes them count the tomatoes and hand over the correct amount. You can also do addition and subtraction by using the ingredients, all while making something to eat. It’s genuinely very fun for a child as they get to learn visually. Most kids prefer to see and hold things, rather than stare at numbers on a page. Plus, you cook their lunch/dinner simultaneously, so it kills two birds with one stone for you!
Games can be educational, especially when you choose the right ones. Will your child learn anything from playing a random video game? Probably not. However, they can learn a thing or two from many word-related games. A couple that spring to mind is Scrabble and Boggle, both of which revolve around creating words from a mix of random letters.
Consequently, this teaches your child lots of new words. It also helps them improve their spelling and pronunciation! I do recommend arming yourself with a word unscrambler, just in case your child gets upset. It will help them find new words when they get stuck, stopping any tears from forming. Word games are always effective, but you can also find numerical games or general knowledge games.
Spend time with them on the computer
Whether you like it or not, technology will form a key part of your child’s life. All schools will have computers that kids are expected to use. All jobs will demand knowledge of technology when your child is older. Hiding your child from this will just mean that they’re behind everyone else. So, spend some time with them on the computer or a tablet.
By doing this, you can monitor what they do and ensure they use their time productively. Again, you can call on games here by downloading apps or going on websites with educational tools. Sit with them for an hour or so each day to hone their computer skills while learning new things.
Children love to play pretend and act like they’re something they’re not. Usually, this is just some harmless fun they can have on their own. However, you can also use this as a powerful and creative educational tool. Play pretend with your child to put them in specific situations where you can teach them.
For example, you could get them to pretend they’re a famous book writer and ask them to write you a little story. Thus, they practice their written comprehension skills. Or, get them to pretend to be a shopkeeper and buy things from them. This is a very popular idea as you hand over money and teach your kids addition and subtraction in a more practical format. Think of all the other imaginative scenarios you can create to teach your child valuable skills. They’ll be more than happy to oblige as it feels like they’re playing a game!
See, homeschooling doesn’t have to follow a strict format. In fact, this is a crucial advantage of educating a child from home. Instead of making them sit still for hours, you can be innovative and do things they enjoy. It’s easier to learn when you enjoy the learning process. Moreover, it’s easier to teach a child when they’re not complaining all the time!
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