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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.
- 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 passage.
- 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.