It is such a pleasure to see a child eager to learn, and while it is never a good idea to pressure a student to learn more quickly, for students who are ready for more challenges, there are many ways to offer complexity within the context of the Oak Meadow curriculum. One great idea is to expand the assignment into another subject area. Making connections across the curriculum adds relevance, encourages skills in practical applications, and helps develop a flexibility of thought that allows creative problem solving. In addition, it’s fun!
With a little creative thinking, you can come up with new ways to expand each lesson. If there is a science assignment to research the discovery of electricity, your student might also write (and perform!) a speech or write an advertisement announcing the invention of Thomas Edison’s newly designed light bulb. Your student could draw sketches of the clothing people wore during that time period, and list ways in which electricity changed life in the late 1800s. Another idea is to have your child see if he can find out which of his ancestors would have been alive when electricity became widespread, and what that was like for them. You could work math into the lesson by having your student calculate the additional number of hours worked per year after electric lighting lengthened the work day, or estimate the increase in factory output with longer hours versus the additional expense of electricity.
Each lesson or topic can be expanded upon in this way, and it can be fun to come up with lesson extensions that challenge and intrigue your student. If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, you can join our Facebook online community and see what great ideas others have come up with. Your child will probably also come up with interesting ideas, and can be encouraged to explore those ideas exponentially. That’s the benefit and joy of homeschooling!