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Teaching the Only Child

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Relational Homeschooling    
Diana Waring

Are you enjoying the delights of summer yet? If not, let me encourage you to GO OUTSIDE!!

Laugh, play, rest, and refresh. Doesn’t that sound like FUN? It is actually so good for what ails you (and me) that I think I will take my own advice …

Diana's yard

Now, onto today’s topic: Homeschooling the Only Child. Having been an only child, I have some strong opinions on this subject, from the viewpoint of the student.

First, you need to create an environment for your child where learning is delightful. Believe it or not, the very best method for this is not found in a curriculum. Instead, it is found in your heart. If you ever experienced being in a classroom where the teacher liked you, really liked you, you know what I am talking about. When you walk in the door and the teacher’s eyes light up, when she gives you a sense that you are smart and able to learn, when you know that she is cheering you on (rather than looking to undermine your efforts), learning is transformed into a highly enjoyable endeavor with loads of success.

You might call it being “Teacher’s Pet.” Make your only child (or each of your children, for that matter!), your very own Teacher’s Pet–with all of the positive benefits that implies.

Second, take the time to learn about the eight intelligences! An only child may be quite happy being on his own (if he has a strong intrapersonal intelligence) or, conversely, he may prefer to be with people (if he has a strong interpersonal intelligence). He may be thrilled to go outside (naturalist intelligence) or play an instrument (musical intelligence). He may be highly skilled with words (linguistic intelligence) or with numbers (math-logical intelligence). He might be a mover and leaper (bodily-kinesthetic intelligence) or painter and designer (spatial intelligence). He will be a unique combination of these eight intelligences, in varying strengths (and weaknesses).

If you become familiar with these different kinds of “smart,” it will help you immensely in navigating the waters of homeschooling with an only child!

Remember, stay relational!


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