Whether you have children in school or you home educate your children, there can always be a feeling of not doing enough. Are our children learning enough of the curriculum, as well as the things that are going to help them to get through life? How about extra-curricular activities outside of the school day, as well as sports teams and music lessons? There can be a whole host of things that we feel like our children need to be or should be doing. But the key is to make sure that you know your children and know what is going to work best for them. Some children will thrive with lots of activities and classes, whereas others may need more downtime. So with all of that in mind, here are some basic tips for any parents who are looking to supplement the basic curriculum that your children study.
Go beyond book learning
First of all, you need to be able to provide your children with materials to help them learn that is outside of textbooks. For many reasons, schools might not have sources that are comprehensive enough for what your child needs, or as in-depth as you want them to be. So think about how you can teach them things that go beyond just what the books at their school teaches them.
Pop culture can be important
Supplementing what our children are learning doesn’t have to be all about serious things. So look to make sure that things like books to read, music to listen to, and movies to watch part of what you do. You could even look for things like theatre performances, dance shows, and so on, to help to give them a broad range of tastes and experiences.
Further their passions
A lot of the time we can think that we just need to give them a well-rounded education, but really, school will be the thing that does that. So if they show passion for something in particular, whether that is dancing or science, look to explore that a little more and help them to really develop in that area. It could be a case of looking for local dance classes or some afterschool STEM class to help. It is great when they are enthusiastic about something in particular and you can help them to really explore it.
Expose them to the people who are doing it best
There are many standard experiences that children will get. But it is important to have children meet and learn from experts in their field. A lot of school trips these days can be quite general and politically neutral, and used as a way to get children doing something and different and learning in a particular way. But if they are studying something like poetry or a particular religion, then look to get in touch with local poets or ecclesiastical leaders to talk with them and get an idea about the people behind it all. Real talk can help to form a real education.
***This is a contributed post on Amber Nicole blogs. While Amber didn’t write this up, it’s been given the go ahead from Amber 🙂 She hopes you all enjoy it.