Looking to find the balance in your Homeschooling learning style? Don’t worry you are not alone. We will discuss one of the most straightforward concepts to making your home education path with your children as streamlined and efficient as possible. After three years of homeschooling my two children, finally, for now, I believe I have it figured!
The key to successful homeschooling lies in the “in real life” opportunities you provide to your children
Balanced with the conventional school work, this concept works for every homeschool learning style even if you have chosen Schooling, Distance Education, Unschooling, Roadschooling, Worldschooling or following a strict curriculum.
We’ve used this concept for the past year while travelling and we have seen more significant results with hands-on or kinetic skills than in sit down traditional book work style.
Here is an example of how homeschooling it works:
Over the weekend, we visited the Indigenous Stone arrangements of Garanhan Beach (Macassans Beach, Gove) in East Arnhem Land. That is the area we just so happen to be at the time. Because we know what our two children were interested in, I even researched information to find out what learning opportunities were around for them.
Although learning about the Macassan traders is written into the Qld Year 4 curriculum (which Mr 8 would have been carrying out next year). But, we as a Homeschooling family can stand in the same area where every year.
Over 50-60 Macassan boats would have arrived to exchange and negotiate the trade. These formations signify the trade that occurred between the Yolngu (the Indigenous people of East Arnhem Land) and the Macassan (Indonesian) traders up to 400 years before Captain Cooks arrival!
Above all, our children were there to see the plants, food and shells that were exchanged instead of writing about it in a book. Even feel the North West wind that brought the traders vessels in every December instead of reading it.
They also get a chance to experience the local language as we watch a Yolngu Indigenous family play and spearfish from the same rocks!
This is WHAT WE LOVE MOST about educating kids on the road. The in-depth, hands on the interaction that takes place for them (and us!) that is irreplaceable to any book. This experiences can also only contained by our imaginations.
READ MORE: 23 Benefits of Home Schooling your kids
How to maximise your children’s learning opportunities
First of all, you need to know what your child is learning about and interested in. This regardless if they are following a Distance Education curriculum. Book day trips and family holidays based around these.
Furthermore, homeschooling, just like any great education never needs to end. You no longer need to stick to the school holiday schedule. Search your local area, or location you know you will or can visit ahead of time.
Therefore, book holidays centred around a learning experience. Read more about our Australian Dinosaur Trail experience and all the Free and Cheap things to do.
Perfect Places to maximise your child’s homeschool experience
- Historical Sites
- Local and National Museums
- Parks and botanical gardens for nature-based studies
- Free loaned museum kits from libraries
- National parks and talks with Rangers
- Science centres
- Cultural events
- Sporting workshops
- Libraries for the free or low-cost hands-on seminars
- Scouts and girl guides
- Meeting specialists in their careers