7 Inspiring Goals for Developing Young Learners in Elementary Homeschool

Here are 7 inspiring goals for developing young learners in elementary homeschool.

Developing Young Learners in Elementary Homeschool

7 Inspiring Goals for Developing Young Learners in Elementary Homeschool

Homeschooling our elementary-aged kids is such a pleasure. All of the 7Sisters’ homeschooled kids when they were young (all the way through high school, too). One of the blessings of homeschooling our kids is the freedom to develop them in a whole-person way. Here are 7 inspiring goals for developing young learners in elementary homeschool:

*Give them a faith-filled lifestyle

We read-aloud Christian-themed novels (like Paul Hutchens’ Sugar Creek Gang, and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia). The kids participated in Sunday School and Awana. We read children’s Bibles. We talked the faith and prayed together.

*Establish wonder and curiosity

Wonder and curiosity are keystones of learning. A child who has known these can enjoy learning. We established wonder by noticing God’s hand in nature in our own backyard and going on field trips with our co-ops. (One of the beauties of co-op is having other moms to help out on field trips!)

*Develop creativity and imagination                       

C.S. Lewis said that “imagination is the organ of meaning”. If children learn to creatively use their God-given imaginations, they will come to know themselves better than children who never have that opportunity. They will also be more available to God’s creative work in their own lives- they will learn to have fun, to invent, to take their place in the universe.

Our kids composed stories and poetry, drew and did crafts (mostly in co-op with creative moms there). They also told jokes and made up tall tales and silly songs. They learned to trust that God would give them ideas.

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* Have hands-on experiences

One of our favorite ways of learning was hands-on. This is so important for young brains. When they involve different activities in their learning, the learning *sticks* better!

That’s why our 7Sister Allison’s husband, Wayne, has contributed his popular Literature Activity Guides to 7Sisters’ curriculum. The activity approach to reading in elementary makes learning more meaningful! Check out our 20 delightful Literature Activity Guides, affordably priced at $3.99. Download the Literature Activity Guide for Max Lucado’s You Are Special for FREE!

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* Learn perseverance

As they take on academics, our kids had to learn perseverance. On difficult days they had to learn to say, “This is hard, but I can do it.”

* Learn academics

Ah, the joy of the 3 Rs, history and science. Good, good times. As much as we could, we’d have fun with academics. What wasn’t fun we learned to push through. What greater reward for me than to teach my own child to read and to multiply and to know our nation’s history and who made the world?

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* Learn social skills

Elementary aged children (just like most people) feel better when they know manners and skills for interacting with others. Even if they feel shy, they have tools to use for interactions! We taught our kids 10 basic skills (that our adult kids report that they still use).

 

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7 Inspiring Goals for Developing Young Learners in Elementary Homeschool

 

 

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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