It’s not working! You know you need to make changes to your homeschool curriculum, but how? Don’t scrap the whole thing. Instead, take baby steps to make changes one step at a time.
Tips for Changing Homeschool Curriculum
Key takeaways from today’s show:
- Babies crawl, then take 1 step, then walk short distances, then walk well, and finally run.
- Your homeschool journey will look similar, but do not compare your homeschool to any other homeschool or school.
- You cannot implement a whole curriculum on day one. Ease into it.
- Make one change, then another. Next thing you know, you will be running.
Suggestions for nature study baby steps
- Visit different parks around the area.
- Visit the zoo.
- Eat al fresco.
- Go outside daily unless the weather is unsafe.
- Keep a calendar of firsts.
- Go on a nature walk with friends. Consider starting a nature study co-op.
- Record one thing interesting in a nature journal for each walk.
- Set aside time each week to study a nature topic.
- Improve your nature journal and what you include.
Suggestions for geography baby steps
- Read geography books.
- Play geography games.
- Find locations on a map as you read a book or hear it mentioned in the news.
- Learn about geographical features through a geography walk.
- Learn about maps and create your own.
- Practice map drill.
- Study the culture and geography of a region.
Suggestions for classical music baby steps
- Just enjoy listening to classical music.
- Listen to stories about composers such as Classical Kids.
- Begin to listen for different instruments.
- Study composers.
Suggestions for raising mathematical thinkers
- Have a game day.
- Read a math literature book each week.
- Find ways to discuss math throughout your day.
- Focus on mastery.
- Incorporate movement in math facts practice.
- Reduce the number of worksheets.
- Use narration to evaluate math learning.
- Ask questions.
- Help your child develop math strategies.
- Use manipulatives.
- Periodically substitute games for lessons.
Suggestions for implementing narration
- Begin with oral narration after age 6.
- Use narration when traveling.
- Add variety to narrations with a narration jar or narration cube.
- Introduce written narration around age 9, if your child is ready.
- Seek to find the ideas in a reading.
- Evaluate what you read and ask if you agree.
- After several years of practicing written narration, edit one narration per month.
- Increase the number of written narrations.
What do you think?
What baby steps have you taken to change your homeschool curriculum?
What baby step do you want to take next?
Let us know in the comments below!
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- Stop feeling overwhelmed and behind on lessons.
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