Home Schooling Tips: Lessons To Bring Education To Life

Home school lesson guide with suggestions to supplement any educational program. Hands-on learning experiences for children brings life to dull material.

Homeschool families far and wide have an array of curriculum and lesson plan options available. Whether parents need a tightly planned and detailed set of lessons, or prefer to develop lessons from a loosely developed curriculum, homeschoolers at either end of the curriculum scale can benefit from ideas designed to spark greater interest in the student and ease the educational burden of the parents.

Straight lessons, taught and learned within the confines of four walls and a roof, can become boring and tedious in a heartbeat. But learning doesn't have to be that way. Adding some twists and turns, and a change of scenery now and then, can bring delight to a child's face and a breath of fresh air for weary parents.

For a change of pace, take a tour of your hometown. Talk to the kids about the different places they see, the kinds of people they meet, and the different activities going on in the world around them.

Take time for a nice meal out, maybe a picnic in the park, where you can sit and discuss the things you all have experienced. After you've talked about the possibilities for future study and investigation, let the kids out for some much needed play and fresh air.

Later, while the kids are hitting the books, parents can make some phone calls and arrange for some on-site visits, interviews, and hands-on experiences for the kids.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Take a tour of your local police department, and let the kids learn how the law works from the professionals on the street. Or explore the fire fighting equipment at a local fire station and see what it's like to live in a firehouse, never knowing when an alarm will send the firefighters out of bed and flying towards the fire trucks and the dangers they face daily.

Interview local senators and representatives, and take a tour of local courthouses or the state capitol, so the kids can see how laws are made. Talk with a judge and sit in on a court case in progress. Let them learn the criminal justice system in a personal and friendly way.

In addition to fire and police, take the kids on a tour of a local EMS/Ambulance service and hospital. See what really happens when emergencies happen. Let the kids learn a little more about what is involved in medical careers.

Set up tours and interviews with a number of different professionals around your community, to learn about business and business life. Check out the newspaper offices, photography studios, bakeries, building contractors and carpenters, television and radio stations.

Visit museums, space centers, college classes, historic homes, sites and buildings. Go to concerts and to the theater, and visit military bases. Go to a zoo or aquarium, and ask for a behind-the-scenes tour. It never hurts to ask. And the educational possibilities go so far beyond the traditional books. The list is endless.

And, don't forget to make good friends with your local library, not to mention any available college or university libraries. This is an aspect of homeschooling that rarely needs to come as a reminder. Homeschoolers many times live for trips to the library. Students learn research skills that will be invaluable in the years ahead.

Taking education out of the house (or classroom, for that matter) is almost a guarantee to ensure your students come away with lasting impressions. Reading about law, art, space, or history can take a gifted student far, if the student is able to make the reading come alive. But even the gifted students can benefit from a little hands-on learning. How much joy it is to see that child's face alight with the joy of learning.

Learning can, indeed, be fun.

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