Using field trips, video and audio tapes, DVDs, and multi-media are just some of the ways to enhance your child’s homeschool education. Letting your child use his/her imagination is another way that probably will glean the most rewards. When you allow your child to be part of the solution, learning happens.
This is a wide open field. Aquariums, museums, nature centers offer tons of information relating to history, science, and art. They can spark a report which shows the child’s writing skills or talent. Taking your child to a concert or play can give her the experience of performance and maybe a chance to meet a real artist or actor.
Even if you don’t live close to performance hall, video and audio tapes can take you there. Videos bring stories they have read in class to life. Videos also take students to faraway lands where they learn about another culture. The Internet has opened up doors that in years passed didn’t exist. So much learning takes place this way. Your child’s education can grow too.
Life real people
Get a real scientist to come to your school and teach your student for an hour or so. Do this with other experts and see how the child’s imagination opens up and ideas form. Let the guest show the child just what a day in his life includes. In a tradition school, parents provide this. In a homeschool, you have a choice about who to invite without embarrassing anyone.
The real world
Don’t just talk abstractly about different things. If your curriculum is about butterflies take a trip to see them or perform your own experiment and raise them. They are very simple to raise. You just need the egg to start the life cycle; from there, the climate will take care of the rest.
With math, use coupons and shopping circulars and let the students have a shopping day. Let them experience just want shopping entails from picking out what they want, to adding up their purchases, to paying the bill, and getting the correct change.
Do interesting things with history, like putting on a play or acting out what happened during the Civil War, or Great Depression. Use novels and other stories written about that time to add interest to an otherwise dull topic.
Brainstorm with the child. See what the child wants to learn in relation to a topic or historic period. Students are very curious about things but fear that authorities won’t take them seriously. Allow them to choose things so that fear disappears or lessens. The education belongs to the child; let him choose what he wants to learn about.