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Keeping Your Homeschooled Child's Interest

Kids are naturally curious with vivid imaginations and love to explore the world around them.

One size fits all might work as a garment, but it doesn’t work when it comes to a child’s education. Just as no two snowflakes are exactly alike, neither are children alike in the way or at the speed in which they learn. What interests one ten year old in science might bore another ten year old to tears.

The way to keep your child’s interest in whatever subject you’re teaching them in homeschool is to appeal to their uniqueness. No one knows your child the way you do and no one knows the way he or she best learns.

Do you have a child who loves science but hates math? Re-word math problems as science problems instead. Include the same figures, but use words relating to science such as weathering or bacteria etc. Talking about adding and subtracting insects perks a child’s imagination far better than simply asking them to add or subtract numbers.

One subject that can be difficult to learn due to all the different rules is English. What’s an appositive? What’s an independent clause? What are nominative case pronouns versus objective case pronouns?

Frankly, some of the material kids need to learn in grammar can be, well, quite dry and even boring. However, it doesn’t have to be. To help your child understand and even enjoy learning about English, one idea is to create your own board game. You can buy a game with a sturdy board at your local dollar store. Flip the board over to the unmarked side. Draw your own squares (or if you plan to reuse the board, just tape white paper squares to the board) and in each square, write something related to English, something they’re working on or maybe something they’re having trouble grasping.

As you play the game, if they answer correctly, they get to move ahead a square or two or even three depending on the difficulty of the question.

With younger kids, you can even use math problems rather than dice or a spinner. For example, write or call out a problem such as 4-2, once they solve the problem, they find out how many squares they can advance forward.


Homeschool Articles and Resources:

Is Homeschooling for You?

Social Interaction for Homeschooled Children

Fieldtrips for Homeschoolers

Lesson Planning for Disorganized Homeschool Moms

Homeschool Science projects

Dealing With Homeschool Opposition

101 Easy Science Projects

Keeping Your Child's Interest

Homeschool and Socialization

Educational Things to Do On Your iPod

Make Math More Fun

Homeschool Resources and Help

What is Unschooling?

Homeschool for Special Needs Children

Art Projects for Homeschooled Children

Social Opportunities for the Homeschooling Mom