By now little learners are probably used to working at home. It’s no easy feat juggling the extra requirements that come with your child’s learning. Praise of the highest order is due (we salute you!). But with school term ending, changing the homeschooling routine for June can not only keep your children engaged but offer a chance for you to try some new techniques, too. Our 6 homeschooling activities will hopefully create lots of fond memories.
1. Perform an end-of-year play
Take an element of what your kids have been learning, create a loose storyline, and use arts and crafts materials you already have to create costumes, you don’t have to spend any money just use things you already have. This will, not only, incorporate lots of formal learning requirements into their day but do so in a fun way.
This activity can be spaced out over a week or a month. Drawing a show poster, creating a song and rehearsals are just some of the activities that could work for this.
2. Nature walks
One of my personal favourites, nature walks are an excellent chance for young learners to discover plants and the world around them. Wherever you are based, take time to go outside and explore.
Apps like FlowerChecker and PlantNet are useful tools for plant identification if you need to brush up on your plant knowledge (and help with all of the ‘but why’ questions!).
Numbers, adding, shapes, and measurements are all important learning milestones for kids. And what better way to factor these in, than cooking delicious treats!? Schooldays have an impressive range of easy healthy kid-friendly recipes on their site.
Children can create a shopping list of the ingredients, estimate the cost of each item (these estimates can then be compared with the real cost), and learn what each ingredient is used for. There are plenty of ways to maximise learning potential with just a few simple recipes.
Considering this activity can be done from any window, or garden space it’s ideal to add some variety into the day. Birdwatch Ireland and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds UK have some great online resources available for free download, to keep birdwatchers busy. There’s everything from survey sheets to bird food recipes and crafts.
5. Poetry and Reading
Children can develop their creative thinking by writing short stories and poems. If you need some inspiration for reading materials Storyberries has this covered. An excellent website with stories and poems to suit any age and attention span. From quick five-minute tales to twenty minutes.
Each story is beautifully illustrated and there’s plenty of funny and enjoyable poetry. The stories all touch on important feelings and emotions in a child-friendly, digestible manner. Budding writer’s masterpieces can be unveiled at the end of the lesson.
If you’re planning some garden work, or plants need tending to around the house then why not get the kids involved. Not only will it give them a sense of responsibility and help them understand and respect nature but you’ll have an extra pair of hands.
Or, for a fun project-based activity consider buying a potted tomato plant, or have the green-fingered little ones pick their preferred plant and let them manage the growth and maintenance. Starting small is an excellent way to teach children about the life cycle of food and gardening basics like – healthy soil, sunlight, and water.
Homeschooling can no doubt be challenging and it won’t go to plan all the time. But having a range of homeschooling plans and activities means different methods can be tried. Don’t stress if things don’t work out. Enjoy the last month and use the time for connection, messy crafts, and laughs.