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Homeschooling is fun and meaningful for both the parent and the child. The parent gets to teach their children according to their own convenience and beliefs while the child has the freedom to learn at their pace. Despite this, years and years of doing the same old things can get a little stale. To that end, we have curated a list of engaging activities for homeschooling and how you can incorporate this into your own schedule. Read on to put some spice back into your homeschooling routine!
General tips for Activities
Before we get into the specifics, let us first revisit some general ideas for how to incorporate fun. The best thing you can do is let your child choose. This can be anything from deciding the lessons for that day to deciding when they want to study. If you are not comfortable with leaving it all up to them, make them part of the decision-making process or give them options. Secondly, always try to do activities that align with your child’s interest. Even when this isn’t possible, broach a difficult or boring topic with something they like. If your child doesn’t like history but loves math, you may want to emphasize historical dates and build the lesson around that. Finally, remember to schedule in enough down time for relaxation to avoid fatigue and burn-out.
Learn in nature
Nature has many healing properties and at a time when we seem to be so glued to our devices, this is an excellent option to recharge. If you can incorporate science or geography lessons outside, it’s even more meaningful.
Mix up the media
If your child doesn’t like a subject, using a variety of teaching aids like videos and games may incorporate a fun element. Remember that younger children do not have a very long attention span so interactive media is a good option.
There are days when you may be feeling too overwhelmed and are not up to teaching. Consider switching on a cultural or geography-based documentary so your child still gets to learn through someone else.
Pre-lunch Cooking Lessons
Cooking is an essential life skill and the best time to incorporate it into your busy schedule is before a meal. Set aside thirty minutes or more and give your child age-appropriate kitchen tasks. As they become older, they may even cook the entire meal!
Be a Grown-Up Day
Children are absolutely enamored with the idea of being adults so set aside a day where you take them on a field trip for their profession of interest. Give them an appropriate amount of money and let them decide lunch for that day. This is a great way to teach them about responsibilities too!
Write a Book
This is especially relevant for older children who are interested in writing or illustrations. If they have a story idea in mind, it is only too easy to get self-published these days. Having their own book in their hands can be extremely rewarding for children!