Being that I am a homeschooling mom, teaching my kids is, well, kind of… my job! BUT it can get monotonous sometimes. Today I am going to share with you five easy and seamless tips to keep learning fun and also fit into your daily life.
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1. Cook with your kids.
Cooking is something we already have to do three times a day! Include your kids. Cooking is a life skill they will use forever. Do we really need to discuss those college kids who never learned to cook? Thank goodness for ramen noodles and cold cereal! #keepingcollegekidsalive. Cooking also reinforces math skill for your older kids and allows your younger kids and toddlers to practice fine motor skills like measuring, dumping and pouring.
2. Utilize outside resources.
Why is it that, as a homeschooling mom, I get stuck in a rut of thinking I need to teach every skill all by myself? I DON’T! This may look different for each family. It could look like local YMCA or library classes, subscription boxes, local tutors or homeschool co-ops.
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3. Read to your kids.
Just because your child is proficient at reading by themselves doesn’t mean they don’t benefit from this being read to. Reading aloud to your children exposes them to authors or books they may not have chosen on their own. It also helps amp up their vocabulary.
Several times a year I intentionally pick books that correspond with the period of history we are studying, so they can better emotionally enter into that point in time. Identifying with a character in a story is a great way to engage their imagination and bring history to a whole new level.
Here are a list of some of our favorite historical fiction books:
- Bold Journey
- Little House on the Prairie series
- The Wave
- The Singing Tree
- Number the Stars
- Island of the Blue Dolphin
- Sarah Plain and Tall
- Sign of the Beaver
- The Boy in the Alamo
- The Golden Goblet
- Julius Caesar (Childhood of World Figures)
- Viking Adventure
- The Winged Watchman
- The Impossible Journey
4. Get out of the house.
Even though HOMEschooling has the word home in it doesn’t mean you have to STAY at home! Take advantage of nature preserves, local parks, your backyard, museums, and local events and festivals.
This is one of the easiest ways to learn about your native plants, trees, birds, butterflies and animals. Keep some field guides at your house and arm yourself with a jar or a camera when you are out in nature.
A lot of museums offer discounts for homeschoolers. Many even offer free days to the general public. Take advantage of those times to make it more frugal for your family. Also, because we aren’t tied to a traditional school calendar, we tend to go during the weekday for a cheaper fare and less crowded facilities.
Local events and festivals
We attended a local festival last year where a man dressed up as Francis Scott Key. While the kids had previously learned about the origins of the Star Spangled Banner, it was brought to life as this man talked to them about it like he really wrote the poem and entertained them with some rope tricks while he spoke. He also handed them a copy of the poem/song.
Utilize your local family calendars or subscribe to a local events blog to keep up to date on events happening around you!
5. Use television for learning.
Yeah, yeah, yeah… TV gets a bad rep a lot of the time. But for kids who are auditory or visual learners this tip just might be a huge blessing. You can rent documentaries or historical fiction movies from your local library or stream them directly from Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or even YouTube. We often incorporate short YouTube videos as a way of introducing a topic we will be studying about. I even have listed them in some FREE unit studies that I have posted to my blog.
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