Know your goal…exposure or mastery?
As you teach younger children, it helps to remember this is often their first exposure to many concepts. Everything ranging from history to math to reading will be new. So to expect mastery of new concepts, or even terrific retention, at such a young age is a tall order.
How can you help young children be successful with school?
Instead with younger kiddos, strive for the following goals:
- Keep the lessons short.
- Keep the day moving along.
- Keep your expectations in line with your child’s age.
Resist the urge to add extra drill and practice beyond what is in the guide.
Often as parents, we think more practice is better. The Internet makes it easy to add extra practice with little effort. However, is this truly necessary for your child to gain exposure to a subject? If you add too much to the guide, your children may feel their school day is too long. You may also find that the extra practice crowds out time for the rest of the subjects in the guide. There is a careful balance between enough practice and too much! Your Heart of Dakota guide is designed with this careful balance in mind.
Young children make great gains when you least expect it.
Children will make great gains and strides in their younger years. These gains often come unexpectedly after steady progress forward pays off. Take heart even if your little ones don’t seem to be “getting” everything you’d love them to take from the HOD guide. They will surprise you as the year passes in unexpected ways!
PS: In this blog post, we looked at how to enjoy your homeschool life by simplifying your school day. To find out more ways you can enjoy your homeschool life while using our guides, check out the blog post linked here!