One of my goals this year is to make going out of the house more a part of our homeschooling. Taking all three of my kids somewhere has always been a struggle for me. I never seem to get all my ducks in a row so that I feel freed up to leave the house. You know: lunches packed, dinner in the crockpot, house clean, schoolwork prepped and organized… This is a list that rarely gets completed!
The spring edition of Would You Rather? contains over two dozen clever, thought provoking, and sometimes silly questions for of all ages. Kids of all ages LOVE Would You Rather? questions! This booklet is full of 28 questions centered around springtime. In this digital resource, you will receive two different formats: rectangular cards and thin strips. After printing and cutting them in your preferred size, you can laminate them or even store them in a jar.
As homeschoolers, we have plenty of freedom, including how we develop our school schedules and how we decide to cover each subject. One of the best ways to use this freedom is to enrich our local communities through volunteering.
I’m always on the look out for easy science experiment ideas! My requirements are simple. The experiments we complete here need to be easy to prep and even easier to execute. Here’s a few simple earth friendly, environmental science experiments and activity ideas to do with your family this spring.
Easter is my favorite holiday – in our house it’s even bigger than Christmas. Even before we started homeschooling, we did a ton of Easter activities leading up to Easter weekend. Thanks to Pinterest, there is no shortage of inspiration, either. While crafting for the sake of crafting is fun, I enjoy doing crafts and activities that either have a message, or can be used to practice skills we’ve been working on. I can’t wait to incorporate some of these educational Easter ideas into our homeschool lessons this year.
Looking for a fun, easy (and a wee bit messy) Easter art project for your older kids and tweens? Okay, maybe you don’t want messy, but I bet your kids will love getting their fingers sticky with Mod Podge! I will give you step-by-step instructions for creating a cute, colorful Easter art piece with which your kids can decorate their rooms. And, I’ve got options if your kids aren’t interested in “cutesy” Easter baskets.
The bloggers of the iHomeschool Network have teamed up to create fun and original unit studies on fascinating people who were born in April. This project has been going on for several years, so you can see both new studies and ones created in previous years!
You may have heard the familiar tap, tap of a telegraph machine in a movie. But have you ever listened to or created Morse code yourself? April 27th is Morse Code Day, so this would be a great time to learn a little bit about inventor Samuel Morse and the telegraph! Explore this day with the family with these activities designed for a range of ages.
Scrabble can be a fun and easy way to teach letters and words to your homeschool student. Children of all ages love games and learn quickly when fun is involved. Scrabble tiles also make learning more hands-on, as children are able to manipulate the letters (even before they can write them). Here are some ideas for using Scrabble and Scrabble tiles with your preschool and elementary age students.
Sometimes a blank page can cause a lot of internal struggle for students. The fear of messing up can cause a kid to be stuck on where to begin. But, having a simple prompt can spur them on as they write out the story that pops up in their imagination. We’ve gathered some of our favorite homeschool writing prompts to share with you.
We know the importance of reading. Most of us have read to our children from the beginning. After we teach them to read, we continue to encourage their reading, spend time reading aloud to them even when they can read for themselves, and make multiple trips to the library during the month to ensure that they always have a book at their fingertips. Are we making those same efforts towards our own reading?
Drop Everything and Read Day is celebrated yearly on April 12th to honor the birthday of beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary. D.E.A.R. Day is a day for families to get together, enjoy each other’s company, and read. While this sounds like a typically day in the life of a homeschool family, it’s always fun to mix things up a bit and create memories your children will cherish for a lifetime.
Mention robotics and my 40+ year old mind goes to Rosie The Robot, the Jetsons’s housekeeper. I used to love that cartoon. My young mind could just imagine the automated life of the future with robots doing all my chores. Fast forward to 2017. Where is Rosie? She hasn’t shown up in my house yet. While we might not be interacting with our robotic housekeeper on a daily basis, robots do play a huge part in our modern way of life.
Homeschoolers how are you doing? Is the winter months dragging you down a bit? Are you anxiously beginning your planning for 2017/2018 academic year? Have you attended or made plans to attend a conference or retreat? We’d love for you to share your homeschool happenings with us. Just think, we’re entering the last quarter for the 2016/2017 academic year. Keep going mamas! You’re almost there.
As a homeschool family, decluttering and cleaning will be an ongoing process. There are always books, curriculum, papers, games, school supplies, and creative projects rapidly multiplying, and it’s easy to accumulate without noticing. To simplify your life and homeschool, a spring cleaning ritual can help keep things under control.