The process of transitioning to independent study is fresh in my mind. We began the 2013-2014 school year with our two youngest boys in 4th and 5th grade. They’ve been doing some subjects on their own for awhile, but this year we were going to concentrate on developing planning skills. I’d give the assignments and the due dates, and they’d figure out how much to do each day and check in with me. We planned to do most of our subjects together, though, just because we enjoy each other’s company and I really enjoy being a part of the process.
And then we added my 1- and 2-year-old nieces to our school day.
Friend, toddlers are a lot of work. There were mealtime issues, and potty-training, and stickers, coloring books, and crowd control to deal with. My boys were thrilled. They wanted to play with the little people ALL day long! I couldn’t keep up with directing all our classes and dress-up time simultaneously…..
We needed middle school independence to start immediately. We found that some subjects worked well for independent study, and others really needed some discipleship. We also found strategies that worked well and those that fizzled.
Today I’m discussing some basic principles of encouraging independent study for your older students… and when to remain intimately involved. My post is part of The ABCs of Homeschooling series over at My Joy-Filled Life. Hop on over and check it out!
~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.