This is the next post in our series of things to check if your school day seems too long. I know this can happen to any of us, and hopefully these tips may help!
Are you training your children in Preparing Hearts on up to read directly from the Heart of Dakota guide?
In the guides from Preparing Hearts on up, coding appears in each box of the daily plans. This code guides you in the suggested level of independence for each box. I = Independent, S = Semi-Independent, and T = Teacher Directed. Moving your child to take over the ‘I’ and ‘S’ boxes takes training. Reading right from the guide is an important step in that training.
Are you treating the ‘I’ and ‘S’ boxes like ‘T’ boxes?
Eventually, your student should do the ‘I’ boxes independently and the ‘S’ boxes semi-independently. This includes reading directions from the guide independently and following them. If you are treating the ‘I’ and ‘S’ boxes like ‘T’ boxes, this will add significant time to your day. It will also leave your child without the stepping stones he needs to be prepared for the level of independence expected in the next guide.
You may also want to read these previous teaching tips about independence:
- Are you having your child work toward the suggested level of independence in Heart of Dakota?
- Have a Written Routine and Provide it to Your Child
Do you allow your children to have the guide in hand as they work?
As parents, we often view any homeschool guide as ours! To hand the guide to our child seems like a foreign idea. Yet, the Heart of Dakota guides are written for you to do just that! Preparing Hearts is written partly to the student. Each successive Heart of Dakota guide is written more and more to the student. We intend for the child to have the guide in hand while he works.
If your student does not have the guide in hand, the ‘I’ and ‘S’ boxes will be very difficult!
Working without a guide in hand leaves the child striving to remember a lengthy list of directions. If the student cannot remember the directions, he will be running back to the guide often. If you summarize or list directions instead of allowing the student to have the guide, you add time to your day. Plus, the student must decipher your interpretation of the guide’s directions. A dual set of directions and expectations is always confusing! Simply allowing your student to have the guide in hand fixes these problems.
What are two crucial steps for success with the ‘I’ and ‘S’ boxes?
Train your kiddos to read from the guide early and often. Allow your students to have the guide in hand as they work. These two steps are crucial to being able to do the ‘I’ and ‘S’ boxes as written. Reading and following directions independently pays big dividends not just within Heart of Dakota, but all throughout life. So, begin training your children to read from the guide today, and see what you think!
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