Monday, July 5, 2010

No. 5 of 365 Homeschool Activities

If your children aren't sure what they'd like to learn about, or where their interests lie, help them with this activity.

Today's Activity: Each day, have your children write a sentence (on individual strips of paper) about something they like. Maybe it's baking, bicycling, building things, or anything else they enjoy.

Also, on individual pieces of paper, have children jot down something new they'd like to learn -- such as how to play the guitar, how to crochet, or how to create a web page.

Place the strips of paper in a basket, bowl, or jar. Each day, add more strips of paper containing ideas and interests to the basket or jar. Every time an interest or idea comes to mind, have your child add it to the container.

Shake up the container and have children draw a strip of paper from it each day. Use that idea as your "Learning Guide" or "Activity Guide" for the day. If the idea on the paper isn't particularly interesting at the time it's drawn, have your child put it back in and draw another!

Try to keep dozens and dozens of ideas circulating in the Idea Container at all times!

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

No. 4 of 365 Homeschool Activities

Here's an activity listed in our "365 Homeschool Activities."

Today's Activity: Learn the history of ice cream -- and have fun making it and eating it. Click this link to learn more about the invention of ice cream, how it's made, and why we enjoy it.

History and Making of Ice Cream

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

No. 3 of 365 Homeschool Activities

Try this activity listed in our "365 Homeschool Activities."

Today's Activity: Run a Lemonade Stand! See how to build a Lemonade Stand. Then play the Lemonade Stand Game. And try the Lemonade Stand Activities, all listed on our Free Homeschool Activities page at this link:

Or click the "Free Activities" button on our home page.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

No. 2 Activity of 365 Homeschool Activities

Blog Post No. 1 of our "365 Homeschool Activities" stressed the importance of understanding that homeschooling is not "school at home."

We suggested that it's helpful to listen to children's ideas on homeschooling, and to be in tune to their interests and suggestions.

Yesterday's Activity centered on asking your children what they'd like to learn about or what new hobbies they might like to try.

Today's Activity: Encourage children to keep an ongoing scrapbook of their hobbies. The scrapbook can be as simple as a notebook or loose-leaf papers kept in a folder. Or it can be as creative or unique as a child likes.

Have children take pictures of their hobbies, draw illustrations of them, research and write about them, describe why they like their hobbies, and keep all the information in their Hobby Scrapbook.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

No. 1 of 365 Homeschool Activities

The Number 1 Criteria for homeschooling your children is to understand that homeschooling is not “school at home.”

Homeschooling is not a mysterious, difficult task.  Rather, it's a pleasant, natural part of living each day.

We repeat this often on our site and throughout my Everything Homeschooling Book.

Why is it important to remember that homeschooling is not school-at-home?

Because it’s the one area that causes the most frustration -- and often failure -- for homeschool families. Misconceptions and unrealistic expectations trip up even the most well-intentioned family.

Some parents might find themselves trying to fill two full-time roles in the home -- as a parent and as a schoolteacher -- which adds unnecessary stress to their lives.

You needn’t turn homeschooling into "school at home" nor turn it into an overwhelming task.  Homeschooling is simply a part of everyday parenting, of interacting with your children each day.

There's no need to stand in front of a desk to teach and instruct!

There's no need for textbooks, tests, and quizzes!

Your role is to help your children learn by providing guidance, resources, assistance, and encouragement to start them on the road to an enjoyable educational experience.  Listen to your children's ideas; be in tune to their interests and suggestions.

You can still have structure in your days, without each day mimicking a traditional school day.  Remember that learning is a natural part of living, and homeschooling is a natural part of your family’s lifestyle.

Today's Activity:  Ask your children what they'd like to learn about or what new hobbies they might like to learn. Then jump into those activities and have fun learning, right alongside your children!

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