Our Learning Approach
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We believe that all children are capable, motivated learners. But first, we must ignore societal pressures and ditch the government standards. We believe in following each child’s unique learning timeline and the natural progression of learning.
Trust the Unique Learning Timeline
Every child is unique. We all have different experiences. Those experiences are what influence when your child will be ready to learn those important skills. When we look at the way children develop, researchers always give you an age range. That’s because no two children will be ready to learn the same skill at the same time. This is why we are standing up against grade level standards and encouraging you to follow your child’s lead.
Build Intrinsic Motivation
Teaching a child something that he is not ready to learn is like trying to teach a wall. When we follow our child’s unique learning timeline and wait for them to be intrinsically motivated, teaching skills becomes a lot easier and faster. Children need to be intrinsically motivated or they will try everything in their power to do the bare minimum just to get it done instead of truly learning the skill or topic. And it has to be intrinsic motivation. Just telling your child why they need to learn a specific skill won’t work. Their motivation will almost never line up with our expectations or our timeline. That’s okay! Let it go and be patient.
Teach the Whole Child
One of the biggest mistakes most parents and educators make is putting too much focus on teaching academic skills. There is more to education and preparing for the future than math, reading, and writing. Here at Homegrown Learning, we focus on the whole child: mind, body, and spirit. Teaching the mind is learning the academics and building critical thinking skills. Teaching the body is learning how to care for yourself, how to eat healthy, and how to exercise. Teaching the spirit is all about emotions and beliefs. We put a huge emphasis on meditation, a growth mindset, goal setting, and getting outside to enjoy nature.
Focus on Connection
A child cannot learn unless they are in an environment that they feel safe in which is why the home is usually the best place for learning. On the flip side, children tend to listen better to others outside their family. The solution? Focus on connection. The relationship with your child should be your top priority. If your child is having a bad day and bulking at your lessons, it’s okay to push it aside to go outside or play a game. Connection should always come before lessons and activities.
Create a Rhythm
Children have a natural daily rhythm. They will perform best when we stick to it as much as possible, but this doesn’t mean we can’t have a routine. Actually, I encourage you to have a consistent routine because children also thrive on consistency. So how do we get the best of both worlds? We observe our child’s natural daily rhythm and create a daily routine that respects their daily cycles as close as possible. Every homeschool parent needs more consistency in their life and so do children. By creating mini-routines for cleaning, laundry, and appointments, your days will flow and the transition meltdowns will be few.
Focus on Strengths
Each of us have our own unique strengths, but we tend to focus more on our weaknesses. The things we are not good at are weaknesses for a reason. We can learn about them and try to be better at them, but ultimately we will never be as good at our weaknesses as we are at our strengths. Focusing on your child’s strengths not only prepares them for their future but builds high self-esteem and unstoppable confidence. Our strengths tend to point us in the direction of our dreams. When we focus on them at a young age, your child will only grow in their strengths and be ready to live a life of their dreams.
Create an Encouraging Environment
We can try to teach a skill until we’re blue in the face, but it won’t work without an encouraging environment. Your environment is not how you teach or what you teach. It’s where you teach. By strewing materials and child-led activities, you are creating motivation and curiosity. This is our secret weapon for when you want your child to learn a specific topic/skill that they are not yet ready to learn. An encouraging environment is clean and organized. Most importantly, your child should have free access to all materials and resources. Then they should be given the time and freedom to explore in their own way.
Traditional Education Standards Are Failing 65% of Students
It's Time To Do Something About That!
Download our free guide on the developmentally appropriate, natural learning standards. Use the research-based guidelines to help you understand what and when your child should be learning specific skills, so you can get your child’s homeschool plan completed in 30 minutes without spending hours researching curriculum.