It’s that time of year when homeschooling starts limping it’s way towards the end of the year. This is not good because we have a long year ahead of us due to our relocation. (We will be schooling through July at this rate…don’t tell my kiddos 🙂 ). I am trying to add a little creativity to jump start our homeschool motor, and I thought I’d pass along a few things that are working or have worked. I would looooooove if you would fill the comment box (or write a post) on your own methods for keeping homeschool happy.
Pick a Card, Any Card. I have used this from time to time over the last few years and for whatever reason it adds fresh “fun” into our homeschooling. First, write each subject on an index card. I also include a 15 minute break, chores, and silly stuff like: make a funny face, bark like a dog, get up and boogie, etc. Each child chooses a card and that’s what he/she works on. They are allowed to put their break card back if they aren’t ready for it yet.
The kids love the randomness of it. I love that they are freshly motivated to do school. There are certain subjects that we do together, so I finish the day with those subjects. I am actually discovering that it is a good thing to not be doing math at the same time because I am not spending an hour jumping from kid to kid answering questions. It also seems to have helped all of us see that the boys can be more independent than I thought. Oh, and I don’t do this all of the time. I just do it for a few days here or there. Otherwise it will lose it’s novelty.
Next time I’ll tell you about another way I use index cards.
What is one of your “jump-start” homeschooling strategies? (even if you haven’t home schooled, can you think of something?)