Oh, middle school years! What can you do with this active, restless young people?
Middle School or Junior High, is pre-adolescent time of life most parents dread. Your child is not yet an adult, but they are far past the baby stage. If you are homeschooling, these middle school years can be some of the challenge. You want them to keep learning, but you are not quite sure how to deal with the changing moods. Successfully navigating these next few years will require more than a sound alternative curriculum. That will require flexibility and creativity on the part of you, the homeschool parent
Here are some strategies and tactics on how to set up the homeschool classroom for middle schooler website :.
1) Give your student enough space to spread out. Young people of this age are spreading their wings in many ways. Rate the workspace where they can sprawl out on his back or on his stomach to work may be just what he / she needs to find “free”. Resist the urge to nag about books spread all over the floor. Agree room or area of the house or garage that they can call their own -. At least during school hours
2) Allow them to listen to good music. Many of us focus on best with the background music of any kind. When I’m writing or making lesson plans, I always have music or television on in the background. My mind just works best that way. Whether it’s classical, jazz, or rock, a student may really need to have some extra input to really concentrate. For those parents who need absolute silence when working, this advice is going to sound goofy. But remember, you are trying to make the environment a student can work best, and some music may be just what he / she needs.
3) Stock homeschool library with lots of good books. My kids rolled their eyes as I was regularly taking a “classic” of the bookstore. But in time, they picked up the books on the shelf and read every one of them! One of the best learning tools we found when we managed the classics was read by the paper book while listening to an audio book. Many students will really enjoy the track in the text while listening to, especially if they struggle with reading. They can start and stop the tape when necessary, and made under task. You do not even need to be there!
4) Give them something that is hands-on. Learning Dime blocks, Legos, circuits, handheld devices of any kind, stimulates today’s teens and pre-teens. We live in the information and technology age, so let them use technology in their studies. Many homeschool families find online learning to be a great choice for middle school and high school students.
Be willing to change things up a bit in your homeschool. The student is maturing, growing and changing, so be ready to be flexible when setting up the homeschool classroom for your high school years.