HOW CHILDREN LEARN

We are frequently taught in our culture that academic experts are the most knowledgeable. There is value in using trusted sources as references but as we like to say, no one loves and wants the best for a child more than the parent. Even in education, there is no place like home!

The advice given here has been customized from a range of online and printed sources that we've accumulated throughout our time as homeschoolers. Links to some of our favorite publications and websites are provided.

 

At CHSRC, our mission is to encourage and equip families for a successful homeschool journey. We hope this provides you with a few more tools to aid you in your quest.

 

PRE-K THROUGH 2ND GRADE

Most homeschooling parents are undoubtedly well aware that play and interaction are the best ways for young children to learn. Maintaining a regular schedule might also help your children avoid feeling out of control. In light of this, you may help your young child prepare for homeschool by following these simple suggestions:

Baby Sleeping

1. Regular bedtime– Adequate sleep has a direct impact on learning. A child of this age needs between 10 and 12 hours of sleep per night to maintain overall mental and physical health. It's crucial to establish and stick to a regular nighttime routine. Ideally, the ritual should begin each night at the same time. Bedtime routines are a great opportunity for parents to enhance their home’s nurturing environment. Even with older children at home, as dusk falls, the entire family benefits from a “wind down” period which can include brushing teeth and getting into pajamas. After getting ready for bed cuddle up and read your favorite bedtime stories together. That leads us to one of the most enjoyed and favorite activities of homeschool families, reading together. 

2. Reading together- Early exposure to books is crucial to the development of literacy and concentration skills in young children. Plus, it's a lot of fun! When reading aloud to your child, give the characters voices, make up extra details about the illustrations, ask your child questions, answer their concerns, and talk about the stories you both find most enjoyable. We are major admirers of Go Global curriculum creators Colleen Lewis and Heather Haupt. They have a fantastic site with lots of recommendations for books to read to young kids. Naturally, the significance of reading actual books brings us to our next piece of advice, limit screen time.

Reading Time
Online Socializing

3. Limit screen time-It is best to limit screen time for young children. There is evidence that exposing young children to screens negatively affects both their physical and mental health. Although some of the homeschool curriculum can be completed online or on a computer, it is preferable to keep screen time for children aged 2 to 5 to no more than one hour per day during the week and three hours on the weekends. We recommend Thomas Kersting's book Disconnected: How To Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids for further details on this subject. With screen time reduced, you'll have more time for our next recommendation, exercise.

4. Exercise– Physical education sometimes gets lost in the busy homeschooler's day. However, young children need plenty of time to run around and move their bodies. Regular exercise not only benefits health but it improves sleep and academic performance. Children who regularly exercise also become more resilient to both physical and mental challenges. Spending 30-60 minutes each day doing activities such as riding a bike, hiking, or playing ball can have a huge impact. Families also utilize competitive sports teams and homeschool P.E. classes to encourage and teach physical ed.  One of our favorite authors, Heather Haupt, has a wonderful book on this topic called Brain Breaks.  This brings up our last suggestion, open-ended play.

Kids Running
Kid Playing with Wooden Toys

5. Open-ended play- Homeschooling families tend to excel with open-ended play! This type of unrestricted play allows kids the freedom to learn on their own. Making choices, using their imagination, and finding new ways to use the things around them are crucial to their development. The best part is you don't have to provide expensive toys or electronics. Old school toys like blocks, art supplies, blankets, or other household things make the perfect resources for open-ended play. Your children will learn to use them in a variety of ways, such as building forts, producing art, making up stories, and dancing. Here is an interesting article we recently read on the amazing subject of young brains and the importance of play. 

 

3RD THOUGH 5TH GRADE

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6TH THROUGH 8TH GRADE

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9TH THROUGH 12TH GRADE

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