In my last blog, I discussed the marked benefit of learning Spanish via my specially formatted Spanish Bingo games. How much different is learning, in general? Or even homeschooling as a lifestyle, on the the whole? Consider these four points; the exact same four points that were made with the last blog about Flip Flop Spanish Bingo Games.
This theory, X+1, teaches that your goal should be pushing you one step past where you are, but shouldn't be too far to reach. This is why we don't discuss quantum physics with five-year-olds, and also why reviewing the same material with teens again and again are both dead ends to the students' learning progression. Think daily: "Is this ONE STEP further than where we are now?"
If a student doesn't "own" the information, he won't retain it, not long term, anyway. This is why so many schools and lessons push "hands-on" learning. When a child has input and experience, the memory becomes indelible, a part of him, not a fact to simply record and then recall for some future quiz or test. The experience, true knowledge, is what adds depth and beauty to our lives.
Learning almost anything requires review. With most information, having a picture, discussing "remember when," posting a time line, hanging certificates, drawings, or grades on the fridge allows the student to review in "snippits." This is why my first workbooks have the upside down, FLIP-FLOP feature. Is to have just enough built in review without boring them. Homeschooling is GREAT for review. We all experience it together, so reminiscing is easy, and simply part of life. Don't put everything away. Keep it out. Keep that information accessible.
The learning atmosphere must be a relaxed one for true absorption. Why do many homeschoolers stay in PJs? It's easier to learn when you're comfortable. It's the same reason schools give away free lunches and keep the heat and A/C at an appropriate level. It's why kindergartners learn on the carpet squares, and teens have desks that are larger. When we are distracted by discomfort, tension, health issues, or emotional issues, the ability to absorb anything new, is at its best, slightly diminished, and at its worst, obliterated. Therefore, comfort, in all its facets, is a high priority in our homeschool, and, in my opinion, should also be in yours.
If you enjoyed this manner of simple discussion on learning, you can read my book The Key to Learning Anything.