How much “together time” is beneficial?
In a previous teaching tip, I mentioned how we can always be assured of plenty of “together time” in a homeschooling setting! One thing to weigh is how much “together time” is truly beneficial? Often as homeschool teachers, we default into thinking that anything done together is undoubtedly better. Often we think that knowledge shared in a group trumps all, simply because our children must share learning with each other.
How do you learn best?
Think through the way that you learn best. Would you say that the “group experience” is the only way or the best way for you to learn? I know for me this isn’t necessarily true.
Be specific in choosing which experiences children share.
This is why it is important for us to be specific in choosing which experiences our children share and which they don’t. Sometimes the teacher and one student share experiences together. Sharing still happens in these experiences as well, just on a more personal level.
What kind of experiences are best for children to do one-on-one?
When children share personal/private things, they should definitely share one-on-one with the parent. Likewise, children should share one-on-one with the parent any subjects they personally find difficult. Finally, children should share individually with a parent any subjects that require their concentrated attention. Children do best with these kids of subjects with fewer interruptions.
Make a conscious choice about how to handle each subject.
Try making a conscious choice about which subjects are best as a group experience and which subjects are best one-on-one. This specific choosing will make each subject more meaningful. It will also help each subject be better suited to your students’ needs! Try make conscious choices today, and see if your school day goes more smoothly!