Thursday, October 15, 2015
100 Secrets For Successful Homeschooling: Challenging and Attainable Goals
Keep attainable goals with a fair measure of effort before your pupils. A bored over achiever can be just as difficult as a struggling learner and often more so.
For instance, seat work has its place, but you have to keep in mind that it was probably created in the one-room schoolhouse as a means of keeping other children busy while the teacher was teaching another grade level in the same room or was busy doing something else. While seat work can be a tool for practicing new concepts, if those concepts are already ingrained, the student may balk at the mindlessness of repetition without challenge. It is entirely possible a bored child may need to be placed at a higher grade level.
This is the beauty of home education. Each child can advance at his own pace within any given subject. It is entirely possible that the same child who is in eighth grade math and science may still need second or third grade spelling and English. And that's okay! They will eventually catch up when they are developmentally ready. On the other hand, you may have a voracious reader who struggles in math.
Again, adjusting the students' grade levels within subjects could make a great difference in how well they succeed. Just remember to keep pressing them a little beyond what they can do comfortably.