Homeschool

Encourage Your Child to be Enthusiastic

In the UK and in most other countries in the world it is perfectly legal to home educate your children.   The reasons for doing so vary from family to family, but almost always include a desire to stimulate a child’s interest in a range of subjects and activities.  Indeed, when you are homeschooling, it isn’t necessary to divide the day or week into set periods for specific subjects, or even to label an activity as “geography”, “art” or “French”.  The child can explore in more depth those areas that are most interesting, in addition to covering the range of topics important for a balanced education.  It may be necessary to draw on specialist tuition as time passes and the child’s interest exceeds your ability to extend their learning.

Some parents are concerned about socialisation, however charities like Education Otherwise have thousands of members and in many areas of the UK you'll be spoilt for choice with dozens of activities to choose from each week just for homeschooled children, plus all the activities that school children also have the option to attend!

Home educated child on a horseFor an outdoor activity that you can share with your child, look no further than horse riding.  This provides a challenge like no other.  The child is suddenly sitting high above their usual eye level, on a living creature that has moods and can respond unpredictably.  Treat a horse well and you have a bond for life, as well as introducing you and your child to muscles you didn’t know you had!

Can you think of anything easier than easing the potential tedium of a long journey by playing “games” that actually educate your child in an interesting way?  Games can cover many topics, including such old-time favourites as “I spy”, counting colours or types of vehicle or mental arithmetic.  These not only pass the time but help a child to become more observant, or to concentrate on something other than the length of a journey.

Another activity that can encourage enthusiasm in your child is that of taking part in role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons.  For younger children, it is probably best for an adult to be the “dungeon master” to ensure an amicable outcome, but older children can take it in turns to take on this role.  I always found that it didn’t take much to stimulate my sons’ imagination in role playing games, from fairly simple scenarios when they were quite young, to more complex situations as they grew older.   This can continue into adulthood for the real enthusiasts.