It is difficult at the best of times to ensure that our children are paying attention to us. When it comes to homeschooling, trying to keep them focused becomes one of those skills that we don’t necessarily consider, but when we start to teach, there are many different things we don’t necessarily understand, literally. They say “those that can’t, teach,” and if you are trying to teach your kids subjects that you, frankly, know nothing about, here are some methods to help you get to grips with any subject matter.
In terms of homeschooling, it’s a very intimate setting, which is really useful. Teaching your child something doesn’t necessarily have to be about you telling them something and reeling off a bunch of facts. It’s far better to encourage discussion.
You may wonder about some of the best ways to do this, but it completely depends on the subject. If you are teaching a subject like animals, on the learning resource www.generationgenius.com/videolessons/animals-help-their-babies-survive-video-for-kids/, there is a section of discussion questions for before and after the video to get you started. Discussion is such an important tool that it helps you to “think your way” around a subject.
Don’t Be Afraid to Google It
Many teachers think Google should not be used as a valuable resource, but in fact, if you don’t know something sometimes going to Google gives you the opportunity to come back with the right answer, but also come back with something more truthful.
The internet is an incredibly useful tool and children know this, and in fact, they use Google better than you! But it’s important to make sure that you get your information from the right sources. It can be so easy to type in something and see the first answer because it is in a nice box at the top of the screen, but instead, make sure that you take your time.
Improve Your Research Skills
Research is really the only way to get your head around a subject if you’re trying to teach things you don’t know about. Research is not just about hitting Google, it’s about understanding that you need to gain a greater insight into something on a broader range, but then dive into the specifics.
You can find out more about honing your research skills at https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-improve-your-research-skills/. This is something you can do with your child, especially if you are homeschooling and they can tell from your face you don’t know what you’re talking about!
Bring the Lesson to Life
This is one of the best ways to teach something that you don’t necessarily understand because it may give you that “eureka” moment. We all learn in different ways, and whether you are visual, kinesthetic, or auditory, bringing the lesson to life can also help your child to fill in the gaps, which can ensure you look at it through a different pair of eyes!
It’s not easy to teach something you don’t know about, and sometimes you can scramble around in the dark and then just understand it randomly in the middle of the night, but if you haven’t a clue, you’re not alone. Many other teachers have had to teach things they never understood!
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