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Some other things we do to learn “outside the box” that anyone can do:
- Find movies, games, or DVDs on a particular subject, and let that be “school” for the day (anything from a historical movie to a geography game to a documentary on cranberry harvesting). If you’re interested, they will be.
- Rather than always completing end-of-chapter questions, let your kids make a video about it! This was especially fun when my kids studied the Industrial Revolution and immigration. One played the role of “talk show host,” and the other was an immigrant whom she interviewed. They set it in the early 1900s, complete with accents and costumes. It was hilarious, but they learned so much!
- If you have an artistic child, once in a while switch it up and let her draw her favorite part of a chapter vs. doing the questions.
- While studying a country or culture, cook meals, do art, listen to music from that country. I promise this will cement the experience for your kids. AND it’s a lot of fun!
- Read aloud together. Read and read and read some more. That is, hands down, our favorite ‘school’ thing to do. We have laughed and cried through hundreds of books together. They know now when it’s getting to a sad part, because I start having that “crying voice.” And yes, I still read together with my high schoolers.
- Do your book work somewhere different, like outside, laying on the trampoline, under the table...
Learning “outside the box” doesn’t have to be elaborate. It’s simple, really. Have fun!!