The middle school years are the perfect time for a trial period of homeschooling, especially if you’re not sure that homeschooling will be a good fit for your family. The good news is that you can try various homeschool curricula and figure out what works best for your child before the all-important high school years are upon you.
There are plenty of computer applications, both online and on CD-ROM, to get kids started learning literature, history, science, and even interactive online math lessons. Some even use cartoon characters to really keep children’s attention. Many such programs also have some type of assessment or informal quiz periodically, which can really help parents to see how well their child learned the material, and meet any state requirements for documenting their progress.
Generally though, most 6th graders do fine without anything fancy. Sometimes simple is better. Kids this age still need plenty of parent interaction, reading and discussing books, applying their knowledge in projects and presentations, and reinforcing those basic skills learned in the elementary years.
If you need some general guidance, one helpful thing is to work on fine and gross motor skills. Building blocks, lacing cards, and even coloring and painting will help with fine motor skills. Even teaching kids to tie their shoes is an appropriate part of school at this age. Frequent playtime with running and jumping, or playing with a ball, for example, will improve gross motor skills.
At the middle school age, kids will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods, and the materials don’t need to be anything expensive. It’s all about building upon their previous foundation, and preparing them with the knowledge and skills they’ll need for high school and college. If you’re new to homeschooling, it’s a great age to start!