Using Creativity in Your Homeschool
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Routines and schedules are necessary for accomplishing our goals, but students (and parents) get tired of doing things the same way every day.

As adults, routines help us not have to make a hundred million decisions every day. We tend to stick to our routines even if we don’t purposely do so. Ever find yourself sitting in the same chair or pew week after week at church? You might even park in the same spot every Sunday. I have one area at Walmart I always park my car. If I didn’t park in that area, I’d likely forget where I parked.

Routines in homeschool are important. Good routines help us use our time more efficiently and prevent decision overload. But routines can get boring, especially for the learners. As students get bored, they began to disengage from the material. When they disengage, their boredom increases, and it can become a vicious cycle. Less and less learning occurs, and the routines are no longer helping but hindering.

Think about your favorite food. Pretend it’s a delicious food that is also the perfect health food. If it were served to you the same way every day, you might eventually complain.

When we start giving our instruction the same way every day, it’s natural for our students to complain. A stereotypical response is to push our students to finish quickly and trimming the material to accomplish that goal. You as the teacher and your children will benefit by finding some bits of knowledge worth savoring, rather than rushing to finish the assignment. They will find that topics become more and more interesting as they study them in depth.

Use your creativity to bring your curriculum to life. God chose you as the parent of your children. He undoubtedly gave you some special talents. Don’t bury them. Use those talents as you teach your children. Create memories and your students are more likely to remember the lessons being taught.

Change things up. Move the furniture. Go to a different room. Change the order of your lessons. Completely change up an assignment. Play a game. Have siblings join a lesson. Read the play together. Take a field trip. Do the project. Even if at first you get resistance from the change of routine, the kids will enjoy the unexpected. They will look forward to the unexpected that might happen tomorrow.

BJU Press Homeschool teacher’s editions are an excellent resource. They give you an assortment of ideas appropriate for many different learning styles. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to try something new, and they might even spark a creative idea of your own.

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