Welcome to week 3 of Home Educating Family's Blog Hop! This week's topic is "Homeschooling Outside the [Curriculum] Box." Be sure to leave a comment after this post for a chance to win this week's prize--a beautiful On the Go Planner! Click the box below to read more posts from HEF's Review Team members and for even more chances to win!
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!!
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- “You’re weird”
- being a military family
- trying to best suit each kid's learning style, while challenging them past what's comfortable
- lots of read-alouds, games, movies, and together time
- taking breaks when we need them (My kids have learned how to play this...they often bat their cute little eyes and say things like, "Can we just go to the library or do art? That's educational." And I often say, "YES." Childhood is short, people. )
And, we're a military family. Which means that change is our norm, whether it's deployments, moving from one side of the world to the other, or working around strange schedules (which may explain the "weirdness" on some level). We've started over so many times, which has really cultivated a closeness in our family. We've homeschooled out of suitcases more times than I can count, have done some incredible travel, and have had some amazing experiences.
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