Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum for Independent Learners

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Raising Independent Learners

The first several years I homeschooled, I believed it was my job to be alongside my child, teaching and sitting alongside my children the whole time they worked. While this may be true for young children, generally speaking, it can eventually cause more harm than good to constantly be over the shoulder of your children as they work.

What does it mean to learn independently? Does that mean there is no parental involvement, instruction, or direction? Absolutely not. As a mom who struggled with feeling at peace with allowing my child to learn without me (because I thought it was my JOB to hover), I’d like to pass on what I’ve learned and how I am continuing to teach my children independent learning.

My job as my children’s sole educator isn’t merely teacher but also facilitator, encourager, and challengerWhile I need to teach certain concepts and offer instructions, my ultimate goal is to encourage my children to seek out the answers to their questions rather than handing them the answers.

For example, when a child asks me how to spell a word, rather than give them the answer, I offer a dictionary. The first few times may warrant instructions on how to use the dictionary, but after that, they become masters at looking up words.

Children who take it upon themselves to research a time period that interests them, who write a story that’s burning inside of them, or utilize discipline to get through a difficult math lesson, even when it’s not their favorite thing to do, are on track for independent learning.

Here are 3 things you can do to help your children become independent learners:

Begin with simple lessons that have only 1 or 2 directions.

If you’re just beginning to ease your child into learning independently, start small. Don’t overwhelm them with half a dozen instructions and expect them to remember or understand everything yet. Start small. Offer a lesson with 1 or 2 simple instructions to follow, without you hovering over their shoulder as they work. 

You could give them a sheet or line of copy work and tell them to make sure they capitalize the letter at the beginning of the sentence and use a period at the end. That’s it.

Don’t hand out answers.

When your child asks you questions that can be found by looking up the answer, don’t freely hand them the answer. This does quite the opposite of teaching them to grow into learning on their own.

Always Follow Up.

Always follow up with your child’s work. Everyone needs accountability and it’s important we check in regularly to make sure they are on track and continue to move forward.

Our children still need to be challenged to go the extra mile and stretch themselves.

Here are 3 benefits to teaching your children to learn independently:

1.  Allows them to think for themselves.

Sometimes we as parents tend to do much of the work of thinking for our children. We don’t train them to do the work of thinking themselves so it can actually handicap them as they grow into adults. But, intentionally raising an independent learner and training them to ask questions of their own work and purposefully seeking out the answers trains them for life.

2. Helps them understand learning is constant. 

As your children take on more and more independence in their learning, they realize there are no boundaries to when learning can take place. It doesn’t have to happen Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am and 2pm. It happens whenever there’s a spark to know and understand something new.

3. It gives them ownership. 

Once they’ve integrated into independent learning, they can go where their curiosity leads them and as parents, we can help by providing the resources they need to accomplish that.

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

{This post is sponsored. I received the product free in exchange for this paid review. All opinions are my own.}

This is why we enjoy programs such as Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.

My eldest daughter has been utilizing the Character and Skills for Home and Career  as she grows interested in the different aspects the course has to offer.

She’s learning:

  • How to Build a Shed
  • How to Manage Money to Buy a Home (and many things involved with that)
  • Basic home electrical
  • Plumbing

PAC CurriculumAs a mother homeschooling seven children, I love the independent nature of the Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum course. Aside from minor questions or clarifications on vocabulary words, my daughter has worked on her own, at her own pace throughout this course. In fact, she surprised me when she started telling me how two-way switches work and pointing out we had several in our own home!

We are pretty eclectic when it comes to curriculum and we like to change things up to keep learning fresh, focused, and fun. I think workbook based curriculums definitely have their place, especially in my home. Several of my children love this type of work.

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum is designed to be better than the average textbook. It combines left brain (reading) and right brain (visual) stimuli in order to offer a well-rounded comprehension of the material.

My daughter loves how this course is set up in story form. As a writer, this definitely held her attention and helped her understand the concepts more clearly. We both love that it teaches from real-life scenarios.

The course includes some quizzes with multiple choice questions and while she has worked through these, I have also asked her to explain what she’s learned in her own words. This helps me see how well she understands the material.

The Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum courses come in digital and print form and currently they are in the process of incorporating QR Codes into their courses to allow students access to extra content through their smartphones. How fun is that?!

Highlights of What Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum Includes

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  • Texts
  • Activities
  • Teacher’s Resource Kit
  • QR Codes for further content via smartphones (coming soon!)

Discounts:

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum offers 40% off for homeschool groups (with a $1000 minimum purchase) and for single parents.

They also offer 20% off for ministry and military families, farmers and ranchers, as well as first responders and foster parents.

If you qualify for either of these discounts, be sure to call Paradigm at 325-649-0976 for the coupon code to use during the checkout process.

I think this is a really good program and definitely recommend it for families who work well with workbooks, and independent learning.

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