Homeschooling doesn’t have to mean endless workbooks and flashcards. Try one or all of these tips from Erin to make your homeschool more fun this year!
Are you looking for ways to make your homeschool more fun this year? Did you know that homeschooling doesn’t have to be all workbooks and memorization? You may be surprised to find that there’s a load more fun you can have when you think outside the box.
The homeschool fun happens when you start to relax. If something isn’t working for you or your kids, it’s okay to change it. Remember, homeschooling doesn’t have to look like a public school or private school.
Your homeschool experience may not look like your friend’s homeschool or the ones you see on Facebook and Instagram. That’s okay, too! Do what works for you and your kids. It can look and feel however you want it to. That includes the fun factor!
Try one or all of these ways to make homeschool fun this year.
1. Play More Games
Games provide loads teachable moments such as:
- early literacy skills
- math skills
- verbal communication skills
- cooperation skills
- learning to handle wins and losses
- improved critical thinking
- problem-solving skills
Plus, games are fun!
2. Incorporate Music
Try playing music first thing in the morning. Music can be a soothing, calming way to start the day. Or have random dance parties in the kitchen to your favorite songs.
Better yet, you can study music with SQUILT which stands for Super Quiet UnInterupted Listening Time! It’s a wonderful way to learn all about the tempo, rhythm, dynamics, instrumentation, mood, and composers of select musical scores.
3. Get Messy with Art
Paint, pastels, paper, and canvas all have a fun factor especially for children who love to get messy or kids wanting to learn more about different mediums and techniques. I highly recommend the Masterpiece Society for all your art needs. They have everything you need for Pre-K through high school including their new Art School courses.
4. Play with Language
Have you thought about learning a new language? Recently, my kiddos and I started learning Chinese and German with Duolingo. The best part? It’s FREE! Learning a new language can be an excellent way to add fun to your homeschool day!
5. Hands-On Crafts and Kits
Lego’s, knitting, modeling clay, slime, Tinker Crates, and puzzles are all wonderful for keeping little hands busy during a read aloud. But they are also great for providing learning opportunities and open-ended play.
6. Go on Field Trips
Plan a couple of field trips! Did you know that many zoos and museums offer discounts for homeschoolers or offer deep discounts on certain days of the year? Reciprocal memberships are also a great way to save money.
Think outside of the box for other field trip options that follow your kiddos interests or spark new passions. How about nearby car museums, water filtration stations, factories, historic, cultural, and natural resources for field trips ideas?
7. Watch Documentaries and Films Together
Watching documentaries is a great way for kiddos to dive deeper into a subject of interest or discover new interests. Our favorite documentaries are just $2.99 per month with Curiosity Stream. You can try it for FREE! Watching films is a fun way to relive a beloved book or series and bond as a family.
8. Incorporate Cooking
Get cooking with your kids! Make cookies for a neighbor or dinner for friends. Call it cooking class or Home Ec.
My kiddos enjoy watching Master Chef Jr. and then getting in the kitchen and doing their own thing. Ask your children what recipes they may be interested in and work alongside them as they learn how to create a new dish. You never know where inspiration may strike.
9. Explore Nature
The natural world can be fun in its own ways. Hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and about a hundred other outdoor activities are just waiting for you and your kids to discover them!
10. Party and Celebrate
Celebrate achievements and milestones. Throw a book party when a book is complete. Celebrate when historical figures like Marie Curie or Dr. Seuss have birthdays.
You could celebrate unusual and unique national days on the calendar such as national taco day or national sticker day. How about national blueberry pancake day? Some of these ideas could also go along with your cooking endeavors! The National Day Calendar gives you all the quirky national days at a glance.
The flexibility that homeschool provides allows for cultivating a learning-rich environment. Learning doesn’t always require a curriculum. Did you know that children learn best through play and experiences? Plus, learning happens when you least expect it.
So, go with the flow of the day more often. Follow those rabbit trails of interests when they present themselves. Strew interesting items and experiences when you can. You may be surprised where they will lead. Worry less and cherish these moments with your kids. They are learning even when you are not checking off all of the to-do boxes on your list. Promise.
What are some ways you add more fun to your homeschool day?
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Erin Vincent is a homeschooling mom to two intense kids. They are child led with a heavy emphasis on read alouds, games, art, nature hikes, and hands on science! They traded the hustle and bustle of city life for the quiet farm life where opportunities for exploration in nature abound. When they're not homeschooling you'll find Erin curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book!. You can find Erin at Nourishing My Scholar.