Exploring the Path of Least Resistance Lessons in Home Education
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As I listened to my son-in-law teaching the science of electricity to my grandchildren, I remembered what my electrical engineer father taught me about the path of least resistance and real life. He loved anything having to do with electricity. Yes, I really, really, really wanted to shout out the answers to the grandchildren’s homeschool science questions, but I resisted–and it wasn’t the path of least resistance for me.
Back to my father and his love of electricity: as I understand it when given a choice, the electrical current will flow in the path of least resistance. Daddy told me that people did the same thing—choosing the easiest path. It isn’t always the best life choice, either. The right and best path isn’t always the fastest way to go. #LifeLesson
What Does This Have To Do With Homeschooling?
Knowing that your child will probably choose the path of least resistance can be a teaching tool for you. I will give you several examples of how to use this tool in teaching homeschool math.
Math and the Path
Counting items such as dried beans while your student adds or subtracts smaller number problems will aid in memorization of essential addition and subtraction facts. After a while, it will be easier to remember the answer rather than needlessly count beans—the path of least resistance!
- Skip Counting
Before you start multiplication with your child, teach skip-counting. It’s fun. Find a great skip-counting cd such as One Hundred Sheep by Common Sense Press.
You can also teach skip-counting up to six if you have lots of dice!
Pretty soon, your child will ditch the dice, but it was fun while it lasted.
- Multiplication Chart
Have your student fill out a Multiplication Chart (more than once, if it helps). Refer to it when working multiplication problems. Once memorized, the path of least resistance is remembering the answer without physically checking the chart.
Here’s a Free Multiplication Chart to Download and Print!
I’m sure you get the drift and can figure out new ways to help your student find the path of least resistance for learning any subject!
I hope this helps.