Perhaps you know someone who is a very “hands-on” kind of person. When asked to characterize that person, you might say that they prefer to do things, as opposed to just watching them, hearing about them, or reading about them.
That is really what being “hands-on” is. People like this like to jump right in and experience something, rather than just thinking about it or talking about it. Do you have a child like this? Are you like this?
In the homeschooling world, being hands-on can be a very good thing. There are many ways to incorporate your child’s love for hands-on activities into her homeschooling day. As a matter of fact, the children who enjoy hands-on projects often learn better this way, too. So, including more hands-on activities means more fun and increased learning, too.
What are some applications of hands-on learning at home? Probably the most obvious is conducting science labs. Using products, tools, and methods in a step-by-step way to discover something about science is about as hands-on as it gets! Other examples include using shapes and pieces for learning about math and creating art instead of just looking at pictures. Once you begin to think in terms of hands-on, you’ll find many other ways, too.
Try to recognize if you have a child in your homeschool who enjoys hands-on kinds of learning. If you aren’t particularly hands-on, this may initially be a little bit hard to spot. But once you recognize this learner, see what you can do to incorporate more hands-on activities into that child’s daily schooling.