Homeschool Tip #3 - Schedule 1-on-1 TimeHomeschool Tips
- Have a Schedule
- Push Reading First
- Schedule 1-on-1 Time
- Use Technology
- Embrace Educational Standards
- Teach Outside of School
If only one child is being homeschooled, this point is irrelevant. But once a second, third, or fourth child is added to your class, balancing their work becomes extremely important. If you look at my schedule, you'll notice the "Notes" column has multiple blocks labelled "one-one-one time with Daddy." During these periods, all four kids are engaged in some activity that does not involve my attention. While the others are occupied, I pull out one child at a time and teach them new skills, review their morning's work with them, and correct mistakes.
During other activities like "Handwriting" or "Math", I watch them work and will correct their errors or explain concepts. But 1-on-1 time is where the bulk of truly new learning happens, which is why it's important to block off periods for it. Notice that I also arranged the schedule so that both of my daughters have a 30-minute reading time "with Daddy," since they still need help reading confidently and fluently.
Don't be discouraged if 1-on-1 time feels rushed or if it's constantly a battle to keep the other kids occupied. Keep in mind that the student-to-teacher ratio in traditional schools is usually 8:1 and often much higher. Unless you have your own reality show, your children will receive far more individual attention at home than they would elsewhere and a small amount of individual attention goes a long way.
If anyone reading this essay has questions about it or about Christianity in general, feel free to e-mail me at Neil -AT- Shenvi.org. I also highly recommend the book The Reason for God by Tim Keller. It is phenomenal. Free sermons treating many of the topics covered by this book can be found here.