It has been a while since the last time I wrote about my homeschooling journey. This time, I will tell you how I teach my son with the aide of an encyclopedia. Remember I told you that I bought Aiman a set of Grolier encyclopedia in this post? Well, to begin with, you do not really need to have an encyclopedia. You can simply explain to your child in accordance to his level of understanding, and of course you should at least show a picture or video to make him understand better what you are saying. I always like to use many kinds of teaching aide when I teach my son. Just remember, repetition is always the best way to teach your child anything.
It so happened, last Wednesday, the Papa had to go outstation in Johor Bharu. Which meant I will be left alone with the kids at home until either one of my two siblings who are staying with me came back. It’s going to be a very long night when Papa is not around.
Somehow, Aiman was suddenly in his learning mood. So he took a few books from his shelf and sat next to me. First, he asked me to read him the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Then, we read on Butterfly Metamorphosis. Interesting! Just explain to him in the simplest language so that he could comprehend, with the aide of the picture in the book.
I was also trying to explain about the volcanoes, but he was not very interested. So I just let him ponder further upon what he had learnt; the butterfly metamorphosis. If your child seemed to be not very interested in a topic you are trying to teach, don’t be worried or upset. Let him learn at his own pace. PATIENCE is virtue! Some kids learn very quickly, some are a bit slower, some are keen learners, and some just don’t seem to want to learn yet. The keyword is; CAPTURE their interest. Teach them in a way that can capture their attention. Be creative!
I always make sure Irfan joins us everytime I am teaching Aiman something. I purposely want to expose him to knowledge starting from a very young age. I want to set up a habit among my children to love reading and seeking knowledge.
See the drawing below? Guess what it is…
It can be a lot of things. This was Aiman’s drawing. I have no idea what he was trying to draw, not that he could explain either. But it sure did look like a lizard to me. A weird-looking lizard.