Snow Days in Homeschool
One of the great parts about homeschooling is that you don’t really have to worry about snow days. Everyone loves snow days, but they can really interrupt the flow of your curriculum. That said, snow days can provide a really important opportunity to add ‘balance’ to your child’s life. Especially, so for high school students who are working really hard.
That said, you may not want to interrupt your curriculum. I found what works best is a compromise. Don’t think that your child won’t know that the public school kids are out for the day. What I learned worked best was offering the student the morning off. Sleep, play games, read, do whatever. During that time I took 30 minutes to 1 hour to come up with a very interactive or ‘fun’ lesson that supplemented the curriculum that we were already working on. I didn’t simply go into the existing curriculum, but did something more hands on and interactive.
Christian Homeschool Curriculum: Summer Work
Summer is summer for a variety of reasons. It should be time for your children to find balance in their lives. I know many families that continue school work through the summer and do a good job with it. Personally, I feel as if the summer is more of a time for personal growth and experimentation for children. It’s a time to allow them to develop their interests. Read what they want to read, play what they want to play, create games and activities on their own as opposed to being directed.
Personally, I use the summer to work on Christian homeschooling curriculum. This is nice because things with my kids are slower and I am not always worrying about this or that lesson. It’s time to do some real theoretical thinking on my curriculum and goals for the next year.
Challenging Your Homeschool Student
It is one of the most difficult things for homeschool teachers to manage: the right degree to challenge your students. It is well known that a strong homeschool curriculum is one that is challenging and rigorous. But if we challenge our students too much, thereby focusing on the ‘product’ of good test scores, etc. do we neglect the ‘process’ of developing strong Christian adults. The number one thing you want to avoid is not challenging your students at all. In private schools they often speak of ‘teaching to the high end’ — meaning the high end of the class. I recommend that you twist this to focus on teaching to the high end of your child’s intellectual ability. It goes without saying that you can only push so hard and that continued pressure and challenge is only met with diminishing returns. There is no silver bullet to answer these questions, but it is quintessential that we remain cognizant of them.