I wrote about our recent trip to Yellowstone National Park! There are all kinds of learning adventures that you can access in the same day. Soccer, rock climbing, mixed martial arts, computer programming, math club… Ok, I cannot even begin to list the number of activities available to children, but each one of them, including the sports, is great for learning.
Being able to sit down at the piano and play a song is a pretty fun skill to have.
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If learning an instrument seems like too much a hurdle, start by simply listening to more music. Presidents , and World Geography Songs. We went to Hobby Lobby and found several educational posters that the boys thought were interesting. The boys still enjoy those posters! As an added bonus, shooting nerf bullets at different states on a laminated poster of the U.
I leave the posters hanging in plain view, and frequently find the boys stopping to read the information on them. If you have several posters, switch them out from time to time to keep the visuals fresh. Not all toys are created equal. However, there are LOTS of educational toys that are definitely worth curating! Sorry, this post is already too long to include a list of all of my favorite educational toys and how I select them, but, here are a few worth noting:. Even a giant slinky can teach physics lessons in a fun way!
Puzzles could probably fall into the educational toys category, but I do feel that they have a quality all in their own. Jigsaw puzzles are a fun tool for learning about geography or astronomy! Word puzzles can be fun for strengthening reading or spelling skills, and mazes make spatial reasoning enticing. Give your kids a chance to explore different materials and inventing something new!
See my post with 50 ideas for things to include your tinker box. Teaching requires true mastery of a subject. Sensory activities are not just for preschoolers.
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The more senses you can involve with learning, the more permanent the lesson. A simple salt tray can be a great place to practice math or handwriting, since mistakes are easily erased and the process is much more fun. A bucket full of water beads can teach all about the ways molecules interact with each other.
Feel free to get creative and try out new materials to see what lessons they can teach! Collections encourage kids to make observations about differences, and the often send children down a self-lead path of research to learn more about those differences! While your child is playing with educational toys, or drawing, painting, or sculpting, they can also listen to an audiobook. Yes, as parents, we need to limit the amount of screen time our kids get, especially the distracted, interrupted kind that leads to decreased attention spans.
But, time spent actively watching a documentary about the cosmos is time well spent. Note that sitting down together as a family to watch a show or movie from start to finish is very different than using the TV as a babysitter, or having it on in the background. We are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to use our phones to take videos!
Of course, if you have a fancier method, by all means feel free to use it. We love to take slow motion videos of experiments to get a better understanding of the reaction. We also made clothespin talking sharks and made a video of them talking which had us all on the floor laughing. I make a collection of clues that lead to new locations throughout our house and land.
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The kids have to solve the clues which often incorporate riddles about topics we have covered or challenging math problems to get to the next clue. My kids do not have any addictive games like Minecraft on their iPads. If I find a game becomes too addictive, it gets deleted. These games can serve as motivating rewards for tackling more challenging work, like those workbook exercises or piano practice. In the past, we have had a raised garden bed in our backyard, and later, a leased community plot at the neighborhood park.
The process of planting the seeds, observing the vegetables as they grow, and finally harvesting the vegetables and eating them is a beautiful way to teach children all about plants, nutrition, agriculture, and their relationship to what they eat. Every museum has something it can offer kids, even the youngest ones! And, a wonderful trend is that museums are incorporating more hands-on learning activities to keep kids engaged.
If you have a museum near you, get a membership so you can break the visits into smaller, less overwhelming, trips! The best way to learn about animals is by visiting them in real life. Find a zoo or local farm that you can visit together. Combine it with documentaries or educational books before and after the visit to add depth to the lessons taught.
Encouraging your kid to take the initiative to get a business started can translate into some pretty wonderful business skills later in life. Are you taking advantage of the many lessons they can teach? If you have other tear-free approaches, I would love to hear about them! Scroll down to leave a comment! My Homeschool Advice To You. Our Homeschool Mission.
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Set an example. Cook together. But once this grandmother got into the project she found herself loving the challenge and trying to figure out how many new items she could craft from one dress. I made two garters so that each granddaughter will have her own. It's not very likely that I'll be there for their weddings, but I hope they will give Grammy Giffen a thought on that day.
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I still have enough fabric and tulle to make a tutu for Elena's baby sister who is due in August. Jim helped with the engineering. We designed and he built stabilizers for the top and bottom of the tent, so it doesn't collapse on the girls while they are playing. It's been challenging, a little scary, lots of fun, and probably the major creative project of my lifetime! With all the attention this post has been getting Giffen added a note to her wedding dress story: She is now creating memory pillows and other keepsakes for other brides through her website.
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