In his 2015 book “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education,” veteran teacher Ken Robinson emphasizes that students learn best at their preferred speeds and in their preferred manner. Engaging them as individuals is the heart of raising achievement.”
The personalization of education is limited in the classroom setting, yet in homeschool scenarios it allows learning to thrive.
According to a 2009 study of standardized testing, homeschoolers scored in the 86th percentile, regardless of parents’ income, amount of education, teaching credentials, and level of state regulation. Research also suggests that homeschooled kids get into college more often and do better at the university level.
Tools for Home School Personalized Teaching
Laminating Customized Flashcards
Flashcards of been a standard for teaching for many years. They engage active recall and help students self-evaluate personal progress. On the subject of languages, 93% of teachers say that flashcards help students learn more effectively. Yet due to costs and limited classroom budgets, flashcards provided for schools tend toward more generic subjects and the most common lesson plans. Offering customized flash cards in a homeschool setting, allows the teacher to “learn” what engages the student most in different subjects and create customized flashcards that fit the student’s learning path. For example, creating alphabet printables that incorporate a child’s love of animals makes the lesson more accessible. Similar free printables can be found online or created for math, science and other subjects.
A creative homeschool teacher can also craft an assignment that fits a student’s daily experiences with personalized worksheets. For example, play time, crafts and other school activities can become a lesson in telling time. Laminate this telling time printable (which is dry erase, so it can be reused every day) so that activities help a student learn scheduling and time.
By laminating the personal projects you create for your student, you provide durable learning tools that align with the student’s aspirations and interests and make learning more than just fun–they make it personal!
Select one of these personal laminators for your homeschool teaching tools.