How to Homeschool: Teaching Tip #4

Today we continue with our last teaching tip on how to homeschool.

Independent Learning Strategies
in Your High School Homeschooled Child

When your children are young, you have the perfect opportunity to provide a firm character foundation. Not only should you ground your children in strong character, you should begin to develop a lifelong love of learning in your homeschooled child. Both of these are essential for your children to become leaders of the future.

As your homeschooled kids grow into high school, they should be less dependent on you for their education as they develop their own style of independent learning strategies.

Teaching Technique #4

Independent Studies & Mentoring

The goal of leadership education is wisdom and independent learning. During this period of your children’s education, you will solidify their own learning strategies, as well as the desire for enduring education.

What’s the best teaching technique to use in this time of high school homeschool?

As Thomas DeMille says, “Structure the time, not the content!” In other words, allow your kids the chance to choose his course of study, the content. If your son is interested in motorcycles or sports, let him research those topics. If your daughter likes horses or soccer, give her time to study these areas.

Once a topic is chosen, determine the amount of time they will study each day. In our home, we begin with two to three hours daily for independent study. Our goal is to eventually study six to eight hours each day.

When you give your student a choice of topics to study, you take one small step in raising a leader instead of a follower. Students who choose their course of study take ownership, or leadership, in their own high school homeschool education.

Daily Reading Journals

As your children study independently, they should be reading, writing and discussing their research. Encourage the use of a daily reading journal to record their findings and thoughts about their investigation. Regularly discuss the readings and the journal entries.

how to homeschool kids family dinner discussionsGood discussions provide another aspect of leadership training . . . learning how to think Biblically and critically. These are learning strategies your students can use their entire life. Our family used dinnertime for family discussions. Having both dad & mom at the table during your discussions provides different perspectives on issues.

Life-Long Education

One of the major problems with education today is an emphasis on “what to think”. Schools that move students from grade to grade, teaching the same way to everyone, simply train students “what to think”.

how to homeschool thinking girlLeadership education is a learning strategy that goes beyond the conveyor belt, grade-level schools and teaches students “how to think”. When you give your children opportunities to think on their own, you take another step in preparing them to lead and preparing them for life-long learning and thinking.

You must decide what learning strategies are best for your children.

Schooling (what to think) is definitely not the same thing as an education (how to think).

What do you want for your children . . . a schooling or an education?

How do you create an environment of lifelong education for your children? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.

How to Homeschool My Child

Copyright Kerry Beck, 2011
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Kerry Beck, author of Raising Leaders, Not Followers, has a free how to homeschool workshop that discusses leadership education in more detail. To get the workshop information click on this link . . .