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Homeschooling an Eleven Year Old

Whether this is your first year of home education, or your twenty-first, you are probably feeling excited (and maybe even a little anxious) about this homeschool year. That’s because as parents we know that along with the privilege of schooling our child from home comes great responsibility.

You are likely on this page because you are curious about what homeschooling an eleven year old is like, what other eleven year olds may be learning, and what eleven year old online homeschool curriculum might look like.

We’d love nothing more than to be able to tell you exactly what to expect this year, but without a crystal ball, that’s not really practical, Instead, we thought you might appreciate some general developmental and learning milestones common to eleven year olds. Just remember that this info is only a guideline, and individual children will always have unique paths of growth and maturation.

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Common Characteristics of Eleven Year Olds

Hold one finger up. That’s your eleven year old. Now twirl your other fingers around that first finger. That’s the rest of the world. Any questions? All laughing aside, your eleven year old’s self absorption means that it can take some extra effort to pull him or her out of their own small universe. Because even if they moan and groan a little, family time is still pretty important to your preteen. In fact, you may discover that your eleven year old doesn’t want to spend much time alone at all. Between friends, family, and outside activities, this is often a social year in general.

Other things that can be common to eleven year olds include:

  • a strong competitive streak
  • a new interest in current events and world happenings in general
  • interest in collections and collecting things
  • feelings of awkwardness or not “fitting in”
  • acting generally silly, sometimes to gain attention
  • cheekiness and stubborn resolve in parental interactions
  • trouble sitting still

What To Expect When Homeschooling a Eleven Year Old

If your eleven year old were in a traditional school setting this is commonly the year they would be transitioning to middle school. If you remember middle school pretty well, you might remember how tumultuous that can be. With homeschooling, many of the stressors of finding your way around a new school, transitioning between classes, and finding your place in the social pyramid aren’t an issue. However, that doesn’t mean that your student doesn’t need to tackle new challenges this year.

You could encourage your eleven year old to take part in a group activity that piques their interest such as; team sports, dance, theater, band, martial arts, or volunteer activities suitable for middle schoolers. Any ongoing activity that pushes your student out of their comfort zone will help them grow mentally and physically this year.

As with last year, your eleven year old will also still want an active say in their homeschool curriculum and projects. They are able to accomplish many learning activities independently at this age, but will still benefit greatly from your interest and involvement in what they are studying. This is also a great year to work on life skills such as being able to cook a simple meal and learning about food safety and hygiene.

What Eleven Year Olds Are Learning About

Even the most confident parents can feel worried that their 11 year old homeschool curriculum isn’t “enough.” While your choice to educate your child from home is an exciting one, it’s natural to wonder how their eleven year old’s learning compares to traditional classroom learning. Age eleven is a common year to learn about:

  • biographies and autobiographies
  • ancient civilizations
  • more complex word problems in math
  • an introduction to lab science
  • taking notes and/or dictation
  • identifying the strengths and weaknesses in their own writing

Online Homeschool Curriculum for a Eleven Year Old

Many homeschooling parents report to us that they feel overwhelmed in trying to figure out exactly what to teach their children. Time4Learning understands that home education is a responsibility you don’t take lightly, and that you want to make sure your child is progressing appropriately. Our program takes the guesswork out of the homeschool day by providing multimedia lessons in multiple subjects that can be correlated to state standards.

That doesn’t mean you aren’t actively involved in your child’s learning. We give parents access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum. You can customize your child’s learning path from there. You can let your student move through lessons sequentially from the beginning of a subject to the end, or you can pick and choose lessons, dependent on any current gaps in your child’s learning. You can choose to use the built in progress reports, or track your child’s progress on your own. You can even allow your child to work in different grade levels for different subjects if your child needs more or less instruction in specific areas. Time4Learning provides eleven year old online homeschooling that can be tailored to the needs of your individual child.

NOTE: This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for information and educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or legal advice.

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