One of the joys of homeschooling is the flexibility you have in choosing your homeschool activities.
It is easy to choose an activity that is fun AND educational! And happy children learn well!
But we need to keep the balance right too. How do we manage our ideas? And which activities are better for groups?
With that in mind, here are my ideas for individual and group projects to try, with some tips for maintaining balance.
Kids Educational Activities
This website is all about bringing you homeschooling activities for your children to try. If you are looking for specific activities, please see my Ideas index page.
Keep an Ideas Book. This is a great way of keeping track of the activities you have planned - and a life-saver when you are floundering!
We have a page in our book where we list 'Boredom Bashers' - small tasks and activities we can use to fill in moments of boredom. Our books also include a 'Books to Read' list and a 'Things to Investigate' page. It does take some effort to set up - but it is wonderful to have the book at hand when you are trying to decide what to do.
Encourage your children to have hobbies. Simple hobbies that they can get on with alone are essential to the smooth running of a homeschooling household!! One of the best ways to encourage your children is, of course, to have a hobby yourself - and let them see you working at it. Here are some hobbies you could all try :
One of my favourite ways of deciding on homeschool activities, is to set a theme for the year (or term). If you know what your main priority is to be, then that will help you decide on which activities to include in your homeschooling.
Think creatively on how to include activities into your homeschooling. Some families schedule their extra-curriculum activities on a Friday. Others work for a four-week block - then take a week to relax and unwind.
Watch out for 'being busy for busys sake'! Do you REALLY need to be doing that. Will anyone enjoy it? Down time is just as important in homeschooling. It gives everyone a chance to consolodate knowledge, and re-charge their batteries.
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