Do your kids balk at everything you planned for their homeschool lessons? If so, you are in the right place. I'm Dollie Freeman and I am hosting day four of what I'm calling the behind Go from Behind to Learning Progress Challenge. This challenge is designed to help you as a homeschooling mom understand what this school year must consist of in order for you to show progress by the end of the year and to alleviate all of those concerns about year end testing and if your child is gonna show progress on those tests.

In day one of this challenge, I talked about how important it was for you to understand the common mistake Homeschool moms make that are hindering your progress. If you did not listen to that after this, you are gonna wanna go back and you're gonna make sure that you listen to that as well. In day two of this special series, I debunking the myth your child will learn when they are ready. In day three, I taught the #1 reason your child isn't motivated to learn.

In today's training, I'm going to teach you how to Influence Your Kids to Be Interested in Your Curriculum Choices. 

This episode is brought to by Wholesome Thinkers.

Maximizing Planned Curriculum Choices

What I'm gonna be teaching today is actually started with yesterday's topic, the #1 Reason Your Child Is Not Motivated, and I talked a little bit about how you can use a child's interest to overcome their struggles. 

 Let's talk about the plans you already have planned out, the curriculum you've already purchased, and how to maximize those with what I'm teaching you today about how to influence your kids to be interested in those curriculum choices.

Before we get started, let me share a little bit about how I have been able to use what I'm about to teach you to really get our children excited about those curriculum choices that I took seriously. I put a lot of time, energy, and effort into planning our homeschooling and for the purpose of making sure that I was not making a lot of changes. You should really avoid making those curriculum changes when it comes to the mechanics of learning. However, if your children are already reading and writing and they have their arithmetic underway and they're really good at thinking, that is when you can take liberties if your curriculum has just not gotten your children's interest. 

But before you do that, I'm gonna want to share with you how to do it and not doing it prematurely. 'cause if you've done all that due diligence, then there's a reason you were assigning these things to your children.

As homeschooling parents, we invest significant time, energy, and effort into planning our curriculum. The aim is to create a solid foundation for our children's education. It's crucial to avoid frequent changes once the mechanics of learning are established. However, if a curriculum fails to capture your child's interest, there are ways to navigate this without prematurely making changes.

What I'm about to share with you is very, very helpful in getting your children to not only be interested, but love what it is that you planned for them.

The Three Questions for Curriculum Evaluation

To ensure your curriculum choices align with your child's needs and interests, consider asking three fundamental questions. You could do these even after you've purchased them, the purpose of curriculum and the secret to getting your children interested in your selection.

 

Let's get started with the three questions you should ask about curriculum.

 

Now, I really encourage you to use this, these three questions prior to buying curriculum. But whenever you are getting this unsure feeling inside this question mark in you about what you've assigned to your children, these three questions will help you to know if you nailed it or if you need to change it again.

 

  1. Why should they learn it?
  2. What should they learn?
  3. How should they learn it?

You could be telling them why, why you picked it, and why it is important to them, as well as how should they learn it.

This will give you an idea of the lessons and what you want the assignments to look like. So when you use those three questions, you're really gonna move forward and knowing how to influence your children. 

The Purpose of Curriculum

Now, the purpose of curriculum to make sure it's affording them knowledge, not just any knowledge, but valuable knowledge.

I love how Charlotte Mason says “Valuable knowledge for its own sake, that it's accurate and that it's interesting and of the kind that a child can recall as a man with profit and pleasure.” 

I don't know about you, but I went to a Christian school, that's where I graduated from, but at the time, I did not enjoy what I was assigned and what I had to do in high school. 

Recently, when my husband, our boys, and I were on an RV adventure, we were in our hometown for quite a few weeks, and we had the opportunity to go to a dish to pass at my former church and I had the opportunity to give a testimony of what you're thankful for.

As I was sitting there, I saw my teacher for literature who is aging and in that moment, I decided to tell him how grateful I am for the Christian education I had and for the book selections that he gave me because even though I didn't enjoy them there and in that time, it helped me to understand the wholesome influences I wanted to give our children in literature.  I literally used my own education to pivot away from the literature books that most homeschoolers or even public schools and Christian schools assigned to their children.

As an adult, I was delighted to realize the kind of curriculum that I was influenced by. So in that time, I shared about one thing that I have definitely been profited from in my education. I could tell it as pleasure as I recited or retold parts of the literature book.

That's what you want from your curriculum.

But if it's not interesting, then you need to do your part in getting them interested because the whole purpose of curriculum is that our kids are taking what we planned into adulthood with profit and pleasure, meaning that it benefits them in a big way. 

The Secret to Generating Interest

So what is the secret to getting your children interested in your curriculum choices?

Well, it's called introductions.

This is what I want you to realize, that our children are interested in the things that they have naturally going on right now in their life because it was introduced to them in some interesting way.

They were given the time and the tools to continue to really digest them. It has become part of profit and pleasure.

Now, not all profit is valuable and that's what you wanna recognize. But if we can figure out how to introduce our curriculum to our children, then you'll far better benefit from the time, energy, and effort you've put into your curriculum and into your planning and to your lessons assignments.

So here's what I want you to think about.

I want you to think about why did you choose it, why do you think they would like it? And think about a trailer. Now, a trailer is something that Hollywood has mastered. Hollywood has given us these little one and a half to two minute trailers of movies and they've brought in either hilarious part, a suspenseful part, and an interesting part to get that spark of interest, to get people to come to opening weekend at the movie theaters.

If you can figure out how to be more like Hollywood or into the back of a book, you can read how it introduces the the moral or the concept, the plot of the book. If you can get really good at having those types of summaries of why you chose it, why you think they would like it and then introduce it to them, you're gonna be able to influence them to be interested in your curriculum choices faster. 

You can use these introductions in a powerful way to get what it is that you have spent your time, energy, and effort in planning for this school year to get your children interested in.

Now, I really encourage you to use these types of curriculum choices to challenge your children where they're capable. So if you have stuff that are just above their ability, then I want you to go back to what I talked about earlier about finding their Confidence Baseline™.

You can ruin a really good book of all the reasons why you chose it, because you put it in the wrong time of your child's education. Now, if you don't know what I'm talking about the Confidence Baselines and the Stages of Transitions that you will need to follow in order to get your children to showing progress.

I have that inside the Homeschool Progress Kit. You do not wanna waste a good book because you've introduced it too early in your child's education. So if they are behind and you just really love this book and you really want this in there, I recommend doing an audio book for it and still doing the Confidence Baseline™ for their lessons. So this is a way that you can have both worlds where you can still introduce them to an amazing curriculum without frustration and ruining a good book.
because you put it too early in their skill. 

The Homeschool Progress Kit helps homeschool mom identify and avoid gaps in reading, writing, math, and thinking.

So your challenge task for today is to prepare introductions to your curriculum choices so that you can earn the eager attention of your children in order to challenge their strengths. I encourage you to do that as much as you can, especially in those areas where there are strengths.

And then if you have yet to get the three poster sets that will help you to begin the the journey of overcoming these challenges with learning, get the guide and poster sets to help you to influence your kids to show progress, the secrets to identifying gaps in your children's education, as well as motivating your kids to love learning.

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