One of the most important concepts in education is adaptability! The majority of the time we find a curriculum, online program, or workbook and think the work is complete. We are set! However that is hardly ever true, every child is different. Some have special needs that need to be addressed and some just might not click with everything in that one curriculum/program/workbook. No matter what you use, at some point, you will need to find a way to adapt it to your child.
How do you make adaptations to lessons? For me, I have found a good rule of thumb is to go the opposite direction from how your child is currently learning. What do I mean by that? Well if your child is stuck working on a workbook try making it something hands-on instead! This is much easier to do in the homeschool setting and most of the time we do it without thinking! It is actually a big perk of homeschooling and one of the reasons I love it so much. What are some ways you can adapt concepts in your homeschool?
Switch paperwork to computer work.
Let’s face it, technology is here to stay. Computers are everywhere and there are so many ways to use them to help your child learn!
Give your child practice with computer games.
There are plenty of free and cheap websites that can help make learning concepts fun.
Find something out there for math, spelling, and more that can help your child learn at ease!
Make the switch to an online programs.
If paperwork isn’t working at all for any subject, you might need to change the total approach. Find an online curriculum that combines the benefits of games and the subjects that your child needs to learn.
Let your children try typing for their sentence and writing practice!
Spelling and grammar programs can help them with sentence structures and spelling! It can also be less intimidating to put ideas down while typing than with a pencil. Try working backward, start brainstorming and first draft writing on the computer and then have them handwrite the final draft.
Try something hands-on!
Some of us really need to touch it and see it to understand it. I am one of those people.
Try playdough activities!
Playdough can be super versatile and work for all learning ages. It can provide math practice, creative thinking skills and more!
Buy or make manipulatives to help.
Don’t underestimate the power of manipulating physical objects to learn. Making words with tile, creating physical representations of math problems can open up learning pathways in the brain.
Act it out.
Dramatic play doesn’t have to end at preschool age. It can go hand in hand with manipulatives. If your child is struggling with money, play store. Do they need help understanding geography? Plan a pretend road trip and have them map it out! Get creative!
Make it audible!
I love books but there is so much reading I can do before my brain shuts off. That’s when I keep learning but with audio!
Try audible books.
Recent studies have shown that audiobooks activate the same part of the brain as reading!
Learn through podcasts.
We love podcasts in my house. They are our go-to for car rides, while we are working on art, and when we just need a break. There are so many great educational ones out there that you are sure to find something to help your homeschoolers learn.
Don’t rule out videos.
Many of our children learned from Sesame Street and Dora but there are plenty of educational videos for now too!
Youtube videos aren’t just for makeup and gamers.
Is your homeschooler struggling with algebra? There is a youtube channel for that! Need help with science there are many for that too!
Check your streaming channels.
Many of us have at least one streaming service. Whether it is Netflix, Amazon, or another there are educational shows and movies to keep your child’s interest.
Ask your library!
Many local libraries carry a nice selection of educational videos. If you would prefer online access, see what accounts your library offers or try and out of state membership to access ones your local library doesn’t offer.
It is important to embrace the ability of flexibility and adapt to the needs of your homeschoolers. Get creative and don’t be afraid to make changes if something isn’t clicking.