Science Curriculum for Independent Study
I’m beginning to learn that the super hero homeschool moms out there have one big thing in common: they’re teaching their kids to be independent learners. While I love a group lesson any day, teaching kids to be able to learn and study on their own has endless benefits.
At the very least, it’s difficult to teach all the subjects to our kids and even more so as our family grows. At some point we really need to give our kids the skills they will need to discover things for themselves and take ownership of their own work.
We’ve done a lot of self paced independent programs for various subjects. And with all that experience I have to say that there’s something pretty special about the Student Learning Guide in the Take A Closer Look study.
There’s no lesson planning needed when using the Student Learning Guide. There’s also no written pacing included either. There’s simply a collection of activities that are grouped together in sections. Students are instructed to work through the activities, checking the boxes as they complete them.
When a student completes a section, they check in with the teacher and get the teacher’s sign-off. This serves as a checkpoint and also allows for feedback and a time for answering questions as well.
“The Student Learning Guide worked so well for my 11 year old. She has some days when she’s really distracted so just tackling a few activities was perfect. Other days she was incredibly focused and wanted to complete multiple sections.” -Christy, pk1kids.com
To be honest, I really liked the freedom of the Student Learning Guide. It’s very peaceful to allow my kiddo to work at her own pace. I also felt that this allowed her the freedom to spend extra time on the activities that interested her most.