It never quite happened for me, but back when I was still a youngster making my way through school, I had a dream of being homeschooled. It’s not that I had a bad experience at school with bullying or anything of the sort, but I just thought there must surely be a better way of getting through the obviously important curriculum than that of waking up bright and early every single morning and then having to conform to what I thought was a rather restrictive system of learning.
I saw it as more of a system of instruction than one of learning, but I dared not mention this to any authoritative figure such as the teachers or indeed my parents. So it’s a dream I carried with me all throughout my schooling career and one which I’d be happy to make happen for any of my kids, but I won’t be the one to bring it up.
Whichever one of my kids might want to make the transition into homeschooling would have to make a very strong case in motivating that desire, but I would naturally be very involved in the entire process, from what they learn to how they learn it. It is indeed the “how they learn” which I’m particularly interested in, so much so that I’ve gone and done some research on the topic of modern-day homeschooling trends.
Hey, I mean it’s not a waste of time and effort at all. After all, if it never actually materialises for one of my children then the least I can do is blog about it, as I’m currently doing with this particular post.
So these modern-day homeschooling trends I’d go on to uncover make for some very interesting and exciting reading, one of which trends is that of delivering lessons in somewhat of a compound manner, where the child learns and applies so many different learning areas at any one time.
Real-world examples are in a sense used to cover learning areas such as language & comprehension, arithmetic & mathematics (mathematics where explicitly required), science & biology, and perhaps most importantly, research & analytical skills.
Let me give you an example here:
A typical problem presented to the learner may be that of having to organise legal services by liaising with a legal firm, in which case it would be a real legal firm such as Christensen & Hymas.
The very important research & analysis skills would come into play from the point of view of actively seeking out the best legal firm to handle a sticky legal situation such as car accident claims or anything really which has something to do with the legalities around being involved in a car accident, while the arithmetic (maths) would come into play through the numbers involved with regards to payments and the likes.
The science & biology aspect of the lesson comes into play through something like a discussion and measurement method of blood alcohol levels, while the language & comprehension bit of the equation is covered by the learner’s interpretation of the magnitude and implications of this situation they are presented with.
So basically, compound lessons are delivered using real-world scenarios.