The Jones family is an average American family living in a subdivision in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since the birth of their daughter, they have been keen to ensure that she has the best educational opportunities. However, they have also always been interested in the idea of homeschooling.
The Jones family is not alone in their interest in homeschooling. In the U.S., the number of families homeschooling has quadrupled in the last 20 years.
The Jones Family’s Background
The Jones family is very close with their children and they are very involved with their academic lives. Jason Jones, the father of the family, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has been teaching his children how to swim since they were very small. The Jones family started by using a combination of school and home-school programs to learn basic subjects. After a few years, the family decided that the school/home-school program was not a good fit for the children and they decided to homeschool.
Purchasing an Online Course After a few months of research, the family chose to homeschool and so the family set out to learn more about homeschooling. In July, 2018, the family purchased the Conscious Home Curriculum.
Why Interest-led Online Learning?
Interest-led online learning (IOL) is a learning approach in which students learn in real-time by the teacher interacting with them in a classroom setting. This has been shown to improve academic outcomes. With the advent of ubiquitous internet access, this educational approach has the potential to become a reality for millions of families around the world.
How Interest-led Online Learning Works The idea behind IOL is that each student learns at their own pace and is able to track their progress towards goals. IOL takes advantage of ICT tools, which enable learning in real-time and according to the needs of each student. Most importantly, students at all levels can work at their own pace and get immediate feedback on their performance.
ResearchWhat are the benefits of interest-led learning?
In an interest-led learning (IBL) setting, children are encouraged to become deeply involved in a single, interesting subject over the course of a year. In most conventional classrooms, children are required to take a number of core subjects and/or must prepare for a set of tests in each one of those core subjects. While this is the norm in most schools, there are already considerable advantages to this approach to education. As IBL provides an integrated education and focuses on the child as an individual rather than an automaton, it tends to lead to a more well-rounded education. In addition, this type of education tends to encourage children to develop their talents and abilities through participation in a particular area.
How do I get started with interest-led learning?
Interest-led learning is a type of online learning that can be done at home or in the classroom. This can be done through so-called “preschool-in-a-box” or hybrid homeschool programs. These allow parents and teachers to have a hands-on approach to learning, taking into account the children’s developing minds and personalities.
Introduce Interest-led Learning at Home At a young age, young children are naturally curious, inquisitive, and open-minded. By introducing children to a broad range of topics and starting with one at a time, you can help them develop a variety of interests at a young age. Parents and children can often share these interests, so long as the topics are not too advanced.
As we have seen, the homeschooling movement has grown rapidly over the last few decades and its future looks bright. The primary reason for the rapid increase in homeschooling is the increasing availability of online programs and curriculum that can help people in their homes educate their children at an age-appropriate level.
I hope that you enjoyed this article and that it has given you some helpful insights into the exciting homeschooling movement.