It is time to wind up the school year, and it is often difficult to feel “done. ” For parents that are not entirely done with a textbook or possibly a unit of study, then you might want to think outside the box to be able to wind up your classes quickly – and still have time to enjoy summer.
In the event that you have to finish up quickly then consider the “Popcorn Party Plan. ” In place of working through a textbook, or doing every assignment, go the “quick and easy” course instead. Not every class in high school must be hard. I remember that I had certain high school classes that were a lot easier than others! So for a break, and a means to quickly complete a unit study or course, consider educational videos so that you can catch up.
For example, I have a child that loves economics. He studied economics regularly, and we talked about it regularly as a family. Yet suddenly my oldest son was a junior in high school, and I realized that he was the one that did not love economics – and I had forgotten to teach it! I needed an effective way to quickly teach that class in a simple way, given that my oldest was already bogged down with heavy academics in math and science, and he definitely did not have the energy necessary for a big beefy economics course. Just existing in our household meant that he had been already familiar with more than his fair share of economics. I needed to find a way to make sure it was enough, there were no gaps, and I could call it a 1/2 credit class. That is when I stumbled on the “Popcorn Party Plan. ” I chose a challenging series of educational videos, and we watched a movie about it.
For economics, I used the Teaching Company Basic Economics course. With my clients, I have in some cases suggested The Standard Deviants – American Government 2-pack.
For American History, look into Joy Hakim’s History of US on PBS.
You can also just search the video section of your library, to see what supplemental videos they might have to help you finish up the details. As an example, one client was working on American History. The trouble was she was working at it too thoroughly. It took her considerably longer to cover the American Revolution, as they were enjoying it so much. They had covered numerous current events as well. She did not want to omit the post-civil war era, yet she did not have time to work it too extensively. We decided that she could compromise and cover the middle period of American History lightly, by using the Popcorn Party Plan. Watching videos on the missing topics in American History, and just enjoying it together with a bowl of popcorn. It was a lot better than a gap, and also more reasonable than a summer tests-and-worksheets class. It was a great strategy to finish up the year!
When you think your children comprehend something, or you have to develop a quick and painless class to fill a perceived gap, think about trying the Popcorn Party Plan yourself!