Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tip of the Day -- Simplify by Combining Subjects

Today's tip is to simplify by combining subjects.  In our home, we use the unit study approach to combine subjects (and ages).  However, this can be done in other homeschooling methods, as well.  Look at your curriculum.  Examine it carefully for ways to simplify and combine subjects.

  • If their workbook pages have lots of  "filling in the blanks", then don't assign handwriting that day.

  • If their social studies assignment includes writing a paragraph or essay, then don't assign additional writing that day.

  • If they have vocabulary words in their science or social studies lessons, then don't assign additional vocabulary words.

  • Use words from their vocabulary lists for their spelling list.

  • Is there an overlapping of subjects? 

  • Can one of the workbooks or textbooks be skipped for the day, or removed completely? 

  • Can you alternate days or weeks with certain text/workbooks instead of doing them all on the same days? 

  • Can you add a writing assignment to science or social studies, and eliminate a separate writing curriculum?

  • Can you assign a historical fiction book for their history lesson, and count it as literature, as well?

Think and plan creatively to decrease the work load on your children, and yourself.

April E.  (ElCloud Homeschool) is a Homeschool Mom of 6.  She has homeschooled for over 7 years, and enjoys sharing the things she's learned in her homeschool journey with others. 

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