The elementary-school days of adding arts and crafts to your academic subjects are merely a memory.
Your 10th grader is not so excited at the thought of one more lesson from the textbook in front of him.
What kinds of supplemental resources can spice up the high school years without dumbing-down the learning?
Here are some of my favorites:
1. Field Trips — tried and true.
10th grade son Jonah just recently went with other “7 Sisters” kids Seth and Marcus and Kendall and Carlie and a bunch of their buddies on a tour of a state laboratory as a supplement to his Chemistry’s traditional (brutal, dry, confusing, etc, etc, etc.) textbook.
They loved it! They got a feel for the real world of chemistry in the workplace, and were even given hazmat suits as souvenirs. These kinds of experiences may actually cement the textbook learning more firmly in their brains than traditional lab activities — the adventure of it all really makes a lasting impression.
I find videos on every subject under the sun to add to what we’re learning from our textbooks. Our Human Development co-op spent our last session watching neat-o videos I found of sensory, motor, and language development in babies and toddlers. Have you seen my Pinterest board for Human Development? I’m keeping track of all of our supplementals there so you can “steal” ideas if you are using our fabulous ebook in your homeschool!
(Have you checked out Vicki’s Human Development from a Christian Worldview one-year curriculum? Click the link to view excerpts.)
Speaking of Pinterest, I have found practical chemistry in the home via cleaning pins, activity recommendations from other homeschoolers, and loads of ideas for field trips. (You can see my boards here; I haven’t been on Pinterest for very long, but I love it!)
World History gets a breath of fresh air with a well-made movie to bring the time period to life. Watching the movie versions of books we are reading in World Lit. (another Pinterest board!) is fun, whether you read the book first or start with the film. We are holding our breath in anticipation of the new musical Les Miserables coming out in December. Yes, the musical version took a bunch of liberties with the original book, but since we are scheduled to read the book right after the first of the year, we will be primed and ready to catch every single one of those alterations! And can I tell you that we’re counting down moments until The Hobbit is released on Dec. 14th?
this amazing British work of literary fantasy.
Learn about sub-creation, allusion, old truths, and irony. Comfortably priced at $3.99, each 7 Sisters Literature Study Guide enhances your homeschooler’s understanding of the book without sucking the joy out of it with busy-work.