Once we find something that works – or HEAR that something is great and we use it – sometimes its difficult to remember that trying something new might be JUST what our kids need. If you are in a rut, or just not having good luck with a curriculum, don’t be afraid to try something new.
Maybe it’s your schedule that isn’t working – try a new schedule. Start earlier, do school in the afternoon, take a day off in the middle of the week and school on Saturday, or change up the order. Try something different and see if it works better for your schedule.
You have heard that a particular science course is great. Everyone you know uses it and they all rave about it so you purchase it year after year and muscle through it as your children dread it. Don’t get sucked in. Try a new science approach (or whatever subject this is for you). Maybe your kids need a video science course or more experiments. There are so many choices you are sure to find something that will work.
Online courses are one that some love and some stay away from at all costs. If you haven’t tried them, you might find them to be a good option for your school. There are many advantages. The child gets to learn from someone else with a different teaching style, there is a different type of ownership that your child will take in an online class, your child has “classmates” and maybe “homework,” and it can free up some of your time to either work at home, work around the house, or work one-on-one with another child. Online courses can be a great way to help you with subjects that you don’t feel as proficient in as well so don’t be afraid to check them out.
Learning games are fun. You can add these to your repertoire and find that this is a great way to keep the learning going without having to do something formal. Kids having trouble with math facts? Add some math fact games? Want to add some critical thinking to your week? Use games to work on these. You may find that a game can give a new love for learning to your day.
No matter what you try, don’t be afraid to give it a try for a few days or weeks to see how it works for you. Like anything new, it could take some adjustment time but you may find it to be a great fit to your schedule, your kids learning style, or just a give a new life to your school.
Have you tried something new recently? What benefits did it have for you and your kids?