One of the main benefits of a homeschool education is the personalization aspect. Of course, you can personalize by choosing subjects your child is particularly interested in and those at which they excel, but there are many other ways to enrich your child’s homeschool education.
As you are not restricted by a normal school schedule, it is more likely that you will have the time for a little extra travel. Traveling outside of the country is a great way to expose your child to different cultures and languages. Many kids educated in the traditional school system make it to adulthood without ever leaving the country, so take advantage of this opportunity if you can make it happen.
You can also incorporate travel into your child’s education at a smaller scale. For example, you could take a trip to Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama when studying the Civil Rights Movement. When studying how a law is formed, you could visit some of the museums in Washington, DC. This is a great way to show your kids how what they are learning applies to the world around them.
Many states have a set list of books students have to read during each grade. This method is restricting and can sometimes turn kids off of reading. When you homeschool, you have the opportunity to create your kid’s reading list based on their interests. Giving your kids books about topics they actually care about can help them develop a love for reading that will serve them well later in life.
Do not be afraid to give adult books to kids. The knowledge that they are reading something intended for adults can actually inspire children to work harder. Reading beyond the recommended level is a great way to build reading comprehension skills and vocabulary. Make sure to build the habit of looking up words with unknown meanings to get the most out of this experience.
Documentaries are so available to us these days, especially with the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video. A subscription to these two services opens up a plethora of documentaries on basically every subject imaginable. Documentaries are a great learning avenue for kids, too, because of how gripping they are. Documentaries that use actors for historical figures make students connect with a historical figure as a person, rather than viewing them as nothing more than words on a page. If you are looking for an example, check out the 2006 The Brönte Sisters documentary on Prime video. This is a great accompaniment to students learning about the Bröntes in literature, and it also reveals how gender biased society was.
Take advantage of the real people in your community. Take your children to the library. Local archivists are generally thrilled to share information about their city with anyone willing to listen. Let your kids learn about other religions by visiting their places of worship and taking a tour. This is a great way to teach children acceptance of people of all religions. You could take speak to a local farm owner about sustainability. As you can see, options are endless when it comes to enriching a homeschool education.