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Teach a Great Lesson - Live life with your kids - Issue 087
January 16, 2009
Hi there! ....

This week:

We are still on holidays and I haven’t been able to get near a computer to update this section of my newsletter. But as they say on TV cooking shows as they pull out a delicious pie from the oven – I prepared this earlier!

Live life with your kids!

A Homeschool Thought
Teach a Great Lesson

Whether we glean our lessons from curriculum resources or real life, the lessons we want to teach our children will hit its mark if we consider these 8 points:

  1. Make Connections – we need to find a connection between the content we want our child to learn and the child’s life. In many situations this is easier if we look for principles that our children can learn to apply to their own life instead of just knowledge content. This turns our lessons from content to wisdom.
  2. Keep it short, sweet and to the point – As we teach things to our children we need to watch our tone, our choice of words, and the duration of our talking. When we talk for too long, we tend to be talking from our own passion, rather than making connections with the other person.
  3. Respect the child’s ability to learn – Most children want to learn and if they don’t we need to consider what has driven that desire away? Are we prepared to do what it takes to bring it back? The second aspect of this is that if we acknowledge their ability to learn we will talk to them intelligently, not dumbing either the content or our choice of words down.
  4. Cause the child to think – Posing a question causes our children to think. Unfortunately we tend to deliver content to them without requiring them to think for themselves. We need to change our delivery style. This doesn’t mean we don’t teach (God instructs us to teach our children) but it does mean we involve them in our thinking in encourage them in their own.
  5. Require the child to contribute – When we pose questions, and expect them to think for themselves, we have to be prepared for the “lesson” to go someplace else. As we create an atmosphere that allows our children to contribute to the learning situation we will be surprised how varied and deep the lessons will go.
  6. Generate real life applications – True learning only takes place when there is an application. The best applications have real life relevancy. Be careful that we don’t just create a paper trail to reflect our children’s learning but rather maximize the opportunities for real life projects.
  7. Create a thirst – As we prepare and deliver a lesson to our child we need to create a thirst in them; a thirst to learn more. A successful teacher will leave them wanting to know more about what God’s Word has to say about everyday living and to learn more about God’s creation. When they go off by themselves to learn more, the knowledge/wisdom becomes their own – a part of their life, not just ours. We need to teach them to ask questions and find answers, and then give them opportunity to do so.
  8. Expect to learn yourself – Maybe this should be the first point. We cannot approach our children’s education thinking we know it all. We must be ready to learn and grow ourselves. We learn not only from experiences but also from the people in our lives and if we are spending time with our children we will learn from them!

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Until next week

Belinda Letchford
Living life with her kids in Australia!

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About Live Life with your kids Newsletter I know homeschool mums are busy with lots to read, so I have divided my newsletter into four sections and you will receive one section a week; short but regular newsletters!
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