It’s back to school season… kinda!
With the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are dealing with new territory this year.
For those of you that are homeschooling for the first time, we want to give you some ideas to help make learning fun.
Let’s explore this new kind of learning together.
One of the best things about homeschooling is that kids can learn in more immersive and interactive ways. It’s one thing to learn about plants, animals, or geography in the classroom, but it’s another thing entirely to learn about these subjects while they get to experience them firsthand.
You can take your kids hiking while teaching them about your native geography, for instance. They can learn about the mountains or forests that are native to your area.
See if they can spot any local plants or animals and then learn about what they find! Plus, you can teach them fun and practical skills like camping, fishing, or boating.
These are things that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives!
Children’s maps are a fun and interactive way to learn multiple subjects. You can teach them geography and history while visiting new places to make it real for them.
Puzzles & Games
You can select puzzles or games that teach them about reading, math, or problem-solving. There are educational puzzle books for any age level. Card games like Uno can teach them about matching numbers and counting. There are even special Lego sets for math or science.
Older children like doing word searches, logic puzzles, or playing chess!
Help your child develop reading skills with the books that they love. You can take turns reading pages and help them along the way. Kids love picking out the books that they want to learn from. Make sure to pick books that challenge them just enough that they make new connections but still have fun.
Arts & Crafts
Craft ideas are endless! You can do paper mache, paint, draw, or scrapbook. Try incorporating art projects into what your child is learning. For instance, if they’re learning about animals, they can practice painting or drawing them.
If you need some ideas, there are tons of online resources with unique crafting ideas.
Plus, there are educational and creative YouTube videos just for kids. You can use those to discover new and fun crafts to do together.
You can even join a community of parents just like you who are homeschooling this year and exchange ideas with each other. The list of things you can find online is endless!
Learning music has a whole host of benefits including enhancing creativity, logical reasoning skills, and the art of practicing. Have your child pick an instrument of their choice!
The internet offers plentiful musical lessons for kids. You can even learn together and your child can write their own songs.
If you or your kids have a favorite travel destination outside of English speaking countries, you can learn the language together!
One way to do this is to make a game out of the words so that they’re easier to retain. One of the best tools for language learning is Duolingo, which offers lessons on almost every single language for free!
Physical education for your child is pretty self-explanatory, considering how actively kids like to play! However, the benefit of homeschooling is the wide expanse of options that kids have available to them.
They can play their favorite sport or do kid’s aerobics for more traditional physical education.
However, you can expand on that in so many ways. They can go exploring out in the woods, run on the beach, or even engage in a fun life skill such as gardening.
Build Kitchen Skills
It’s never too early to start them on learning how to cook or bake! Again, this is something that they will keep with them throughout their entire lives.
Kids really love making meals together. And there is nothing more enjoyable than being involved in baking their favorite cookies or desserts. You can also get creative and help them make gum, cotton candy, or even their own slime!
If you want to have a lazy day, you can throw something on the television. You can pick your child’s favorite subject and watch a documentary or show together! Some crowd favorites are Planet Earth or Bill Nye the Science Guy.
When it comes to homeschooling, you’ll want your kids to feel engaged while they learn. You’ll also want to avoid burnout yourself, so finding new and creative ways to learn are key ways to ensure that everyone is satisfied.
Changing the routine a little bit each day with something engaging from this list is a surefire way to ace this homeschooling thing!
Did anything on this list catch your eye? What are you looking forward to the most about homeschooling? Let us know in the comments below!