Now that you’ved decided to purchase video classes for your homeschool you might be wondering how to make it fit into your overall homeschool plan.
First of all, you made the right decision. Educational video classes are a great addition to every homeschool!
Video classes add variety to your school day, encourage independence and student ownership, relieve the burden to teach a subject that you may not know well, and free you up to work with other children. You get the benefit of an expert teacher without paying for a private tutor.
Video classes can grow family bonding. Many moms watch Compass Classroom videos with their children, and some moms decide to buy our video curriculum because multiple children can watch the videos at the same time.
So how do you guarantee success when using a video-based curriculum in your homeschool? Here are a few tips that you can use to support your student and ensure that they’re getting the most out of the curriculum:
Find the Right Videos
There are a ton of educational videos out there, but not all of them will meet your standards as a home educator. As a Christian, you must be very careful to find videos that align with your God-centric worldview. You can’t teach one thing and sit your student in front of a video that contradicts you. Find videos that reinforce your values and build on them. Mom, this is the most important thing that you can do to safeguard your child’s mind.
All of Compass Classroom curricula are created from a Christian worldview. God is central to everything that we teach. You can shop our site with confidence knowing that we are deeply committed to conveying Christ in our video curriculum.
Watch Videos With Your Student
Many moms find it useful to watch educational videos with their students. Watching together allows you to comment in real-time. And remember that just because you’re an adult, it doesn’t mean that you’ve stopped learning. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you learn so much yourself.
Watching videos with your student can help them stay engaged in the video, too. It becomes a fun activity that you both can do together as part of your homeschool day.
Watch Videos Before Your Student
Watching the video with your student may not be possible. Because you’re a mom, you definitely have a lot going on during the school day, especially if you’re tending to other children.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t watch the videos, but you may simply need to change the time when you watch.
If Sunday evening is your time to plan ahead for the week, consider auditing the upcoming week’s video(s) at that time. This still gives you a chance to review what your student will learn and, if necessary, make a list of points to discuss with your child after they watch.
Discuss Videos Afterwards
Whether you watch with them or before them, come up with a few questions to ask. This allows you to assess your student’s comprehension of the video’s content. Some video curricula may come with their own sets of pre-written questions/ tests, which you can use instead.
Many moms find that the content in educational videos makes for engaging dinner-time conversations. Encourage your student to “teach” what they’ve learned to you, your husband, or to their siblings. This practice makes the lesson stick.
Encourage Students to Pause & Take Notes
One of the benefits of a video-based curriculum is that you can pause, rewind, and fast forward. Pausing to take notes or ask you questions can help your student glean more from the videos. Encourage your student to do just that.
In fact, many students retain more information if they re-watch a video. Ask them to watch the video first without pausing or making notes. Then, on the second watch-through, ask your student to listen critically, make notes, and pause if they have any questions.
If you’ve purchased a streaming product or a subscription, you can view videos on the go. This flexible option allows your student to re-watch a video while in the car or away from their desk. It’s a great way to redeem that otherwise wasted time.
Mom’s Part in Video Classes
Adding a video class to your homeschool is a great idea for most families. Video classes appeal to the two most common types of learners: Visual learners, who think in pictures, and auditory learners, who process by listening. Use the above tips to improve your student’s experience with a video-based curriculum and ensure that you meet your educational goals for the year.
Author, Jacqueline Kyo Thomas
Jacqueline Kyo Thomas is an award-winning writer and homeschool mom of 3, ages 1, 10, and 12. She lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. When she’s not chasing her rambunctious toddler, you can find her on IHeartHomeschooling.com, which provides resources to home educators, or TotsLoveLearning.com, a site that provides early education resources.