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Encourage and Support your 10-13 year old's thirst for knowledge and skills development

With good habits established during the Foundation phase, there can be a more intense development of intellectual ability as well as emotional and social skills during this phase.  If the habits have not been established yet, give attention to that first, before focusing too much on academics.  I agree with the Trivium approach to homeschooling that calls this phase the Knowledge phase. Other approaches call this the Planting stage. This is also the phase where children are very receptive to learning and actually enjoy doing this as long as they are allowed to follow their interests and if the work is presented in a non-boring manner. It is usually during this phase that school children lose their enthusiasm for learning and with it the motivation to learn. When you homeschool, use this opportunity to kindle the nature love of learning !

Buy the Homeschooling Guide on Child Development phases for more info on each phase

Primary goals for this stage

1. Participate in family devotions

2. Establish regular own devotions habit

3. Have an established academic Course of Study that (s)he works on independently including taking notes, summarizing content and studying for tests. It is still useful to check Language development milestones as listed here for ages 9-10yrs or 10-11yrs

4. Still read good literature and keep Reading record

5. Participate in sports, cultural and social activities as related to their gifts and talents

Ideas and concepts for this stage

With the above list of goals one may feel overwhelmed! Do not feel alone….It is not that difficult. When you follow the Homeschool Curriculum Guide's unique 7 step process you will be guided through defining vision for your child which will help you have something to measure against. The above list may serve as a starting point in helping you determine vision for your child. However, please only see this as pointers and add your own ideas as well.

With the child being able to read and write fluently in both our home language (Afrikaans) as well as English, this phase became more challenging for the child. In our home there was a significant step-up in the volume of work to be accomplished in each of the learning areas or subjects that is part of my child’s course of study. The routine and structure stayed the same but the quantity of work started increasing significantly.

Part of this step-up also included increased volumes of notetaking and mindmapping to summarise the work. Involvement from my side therefore included training in these techniques, and eventually my child could continue independently.

Books I have found helpful during this stage

Hettie Brittz books are available in South Africa at LOOT.
On becoming preteen wise is available in South Africa at LOOT or otherwise at AMAZON. Click on the bookstore of your choice to buy the book.
You can teach your child successfully is available in South Africa at LOOT or otherwise at AMAZON. Click on the bookstore of your choice to buy the book.

Babies and preschooler

Beginner Foundation

Child Intermediate

Young Adult

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