When raising a homeschooled child, one question worth addressing is how you educate them in areas outside of your own expertise or ability. Learning math, English, and science skills you need to provide a good education isn’t difficult, but what about when it comes to the world outside what you’re familiar with? It’s not impossible to help your child see more of the world beyond your home even when they’re homeschooled, and here are a few tips and tools to help you do just that.
The importance of geography
If you’re choosing to homeschool your children to make up for the shortcomings of the traditional education environment, then you should be keenly aware of just how much we fail our kids when it comes to geography. Knowing the different countries, capitals, and cultures around the world help them better relate to world events, politics, and simple general knowledge as they grow up. Using geography games can make it a lot easier to be able to spot and memorize all the different nations on a map. It turns what can be a rather dry and repetitive topic into a challenge that feels rewarding for them to complete. Just like the times’ tables, once you get into the hang of it, it becomes something that’s next-to-impossible to forget.
Open new paths with a second language
We’re growing in a world that is more connected than ever before. With the internet, we communicate, trade and even work with people across the globe. What’s more, it’s easier to move from one country to another for a career. With that in mind, a second language can be hugely valuable. Learning a second language when younger is much easier than when you’re older, too. Of all the languages being used across the globe, a few are spreading faster than others. Primarily, English, Spanish, and Mandarin. With online Chinese learning, you can provide a path to fluency without having to know the language yourself. What’s more, you can take the same course as your child, growing a skill that you share together that can be even more beneficial if you travel together in the future.
Travel and travel-from-home
Few things can be more beneficial to our understanding of the outside world than actually getting some experience of it. When it comes to natural sciences and geography, organizing trips to local national parks and wildlife museums can give you plenty of educational material to prepare and can really engage them in ways that a book simply cannot. For learning more about different nations, cultures, and landmarks, packages like Junior Explorers can be excellent, too. These include postcards, images, and games related to different locations around the world that can help broaden their horizons and see a little more without you having to pay for the plane tickets.
When it comes to geography, culture, and languages, there are few tools more valuable than the internet when homeschooling your child. Hopefully, the tips above help you provide that eye on the outside world that every modern kid needs to grow up with.
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