Keeping the Interest

Discuss unschooling, eclectic, the unit study approach, or any other "unusual" homeschooling method.

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Keeping the Interest

Postby judyhanning » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:31 am

Hi Everyone,

When you and your children are doing your lessons, how do you keep them interested in what they are doing? Sometimes, it gets to be frustrating when we do not get the result we want. I want to make sure that I am able to give my children the lessons they need to learn and still have fun.


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Postby Theodore » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:26 pm

Depends on the child and the subject. Boys are motivated more by competition, so adding a competitive element may help there. Certain subjects (science, history, etc.) can be spiced up quite a bit by watching documentaries or historical dramas. There's also lots of real-life things you can do, like growing plants (I enjoyed growing peas, tomatoes, corn, etc. when I was younger - turns out burying a fish does in fact make corn grow taller...), visiting the science museum or zoo, etc.

If it's just workbooks, keep the sessions fairly short for the more boring subjects. Attention usually starts to wane after 30-45 minutes, and there's no need to cram if you're homeschooling year-round (which I highly recommend)).

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Postby Blessings4all » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:13 pm

Educational games can help make learning fun. Hands-on activities are great too.
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Postby brookeh9 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:58 am

I have 2 children that I have put through home schooling and also ran into the same problem. I noticed that it was better to give games and to boost learning by going outside of the standards and curriculum so they could grasp the topic according to their interest.

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Be silly

Postby mindy8 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:45 pm

I tend to act silly to keep engaged. While we read lessons or discuss things they seem to appreciate silly voices or odd comments that might be made by the people in the lesson - this especially works well in history.

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Some Ideas to Make Learning Fun!

Postby RPascal206 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:07 pm

Here are some ideas that my mom used for me and/or that I or my sister have used with our siblings:

1) When teaching children how to read, make it colorful—you can make your own little stories and/or flash cards using colored markers. Note that this can also be used for math (e.g. multiplication tables).

2) Draw! Children LOVE it when you draw in front of them—you really don’t have to be Leonardo da Vinci—simple little drawings will do. :wink:

3) Make puppets and/or little toys that will “talkâ€
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Some Ideas

Postby SaraG23 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:26 am

Educational games are good, so are hands on kinesthetic activities.

We used to go outside often and learn biology by catching bugs in a net and looking at pond algae. Nature's Classroom used to have a lot of good outdoor activity ideas and Globetrot is an online geography/world knowledge game you can try

My mom used to also do a lot of crafts with us and now that I think about it, Montessori has a lot of alternative education ways to make math and verbal reasoning fun and an active learning process for kids.

Best of Luck!

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