Educating children at home is an adventure, to say the least. Some parents choose this method out of necessity, and others see it as the best choice for their family. Either way, the best way to survive and thrive through the homeschool years is to remember that the kids are at home, not at a school building. Children can absorb information and gain knowledge through many different methods, namely, life. Here’s how to homeschool without textbooks and open the doors to a relaxed and successful home education.
Remember when you learned how to walk, say your colors, and count to ten? Probably not, but it’s very likely that you did so while you were still at home. We learn at home and continue to do so at every age. Cooking, socializing, playing music—all kinds of things happen at home. When homeschooling, take comfort in the fact that your children are constantly learning through everyday life. In other words, cooking dinner once a week can take the place of home economics, baking requires math, and planting a garden becomes science class, all without textbooks.
An Environment for Exploring
While homeschooling, create an environment that enables children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, to explore the world around them and find their passions.
Have musical instruments available to try, lots of writing supplies, fabulous never-ending stacks of books, especially ones that cover history, the arts, and science. Limit screen time as much as possible to encourage the kids to find ways to entertain themselves. Make games, puzzles, and art supplies of every kind easily accessible so your children can try lots of different things.
As they explore, your children will naturally find what they love to do. As a homeschooling parent, you have an opportunity to gear their education toward their passions.
Make a Joyful Noise
A beautiful benefit of homeschooling is that you can give your children the gift of time. In a relaxed homeschooling environment, kids have time to try things out and see what fits, such as music. Music may not receive enough credit in school, but it certainly can at home.
The benefits a child receives from learning an instrument go far beyond simply making a fun sound. As mentioned, keep instruments around the house for children to fiddle with (pun intended), and try to squeeze in music lessons when possible, especially when a child shows sincere interest in a particular instrument.
Chatting the Day Away
As a homeschooling parent, you may not realize how much your children learn simply from conversing with you. Because you all spend the day together, conversations are often and easy. Nurture that questioning side that children have at a very young age, so it continues as they grow older. Don’t feel bad when you have to look up answers to things like, “Why is the sky blue?” What matters is you’re there, and you’re willing to learn right along with them.
So you see, with some creativity and the realization that children learn naturally when in the right environment, you can find simple ways to homeschool without textbooks. Remember that no one loves your children like you do, so what better person to teach them?