Make Homeschool Fun With These Fun Homeschool Activities, Ideas, And Suggestions
By Guest Author
Homeschooling is a great way to help your child learn, but it can be hard to keep the lessons interesting for both you and your homeschooler. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make homeschooling fun for everyone involved! Here are 12 simple ideas to help you turn your lesson plans into exciting lectures.
1. Child-Led Subjects Of Interest
Studies have shown that when children have some control over what they learn, they can become even more engaged in their schoolwork and learn more. Let your children follow their passions and interests and learn about those with guidance. You can feel secure about allowing your homeschooler this flexibility by using a solid curriculum (such as those from Time4Learning) to get the basics outside the subjects of interest.
Download this Free Interest Led Printable to help.
2. Allow Your Child To Teach You Something
Giving your child the opportunity to teach you is a great way to make homeschooling more fun for you. If your child is interested in something you don’t know, let them teach you about it. The same goes for any academic subjects or skills they’re good at, too! Remember that all subjects can be taught from different angles—and every topic provides opportunities for getting creative. These kinds of individual projects can assist each person in becoming more confident in their areas of interest without making them feel overburdened by having to keep up with everyone else’s interests.
3. Add Variety
You are not required to do the same thing every day. This is a common misconception about homeschooling, but it doesn’t need to be that way. If you look at how most people learn in school, they are taught one subject at a time and given all of the information on that subject in one sitting. They then spend several hours learning this lesson before moving on to something else. However, when your child is learning from their own interests and at their own pace, there is no reason why they couldn’t be studying multiple subjects at once or even taking part in different fun homeschool activities for each subject.
- Mix up your environment and activities as much as possible! One way I like to keep things fresh for my daughter is by changing our schedule every month or so — sometimes we move from working inside our apartment (where she gets bored easily) into an outdoor setting such as a park or museum that has different types of materials available for her use there than what she could find inside our home office space alone; other times I might plan an entire week where we only work “hands-on” outdoors activities instead of relying just on books/articles/etc., which can get boring after awhile too!
- Changing up what type of activity your child is participating in on any given day. For example, if they usually do a lot of reading and writing, try mixing those activities with more visual or auditory ones, such as watching videos online or listening to lectures from experts in their field (which you can find easily through YouTube channels like TED Talks).
4. Take Frequent Breaks
One of the most important things to remember when homeschooling is to take frequent breaks. A lack of time off can lead to boredom and stress, making your child less enthusiastic about learning. Make sure you take a break after every lesson or unit and schedule longer breaks throughout the school year.
It’s also vital that your child knows when and how to take a break from studying. When kids don’t learn how to regulate their own energy levels, they may become hyperactive or tired during class time or on their own time (e.g., homework), which can disrupt both their performance in school as well as their overall health.
5. Bring Guest Speakers
You can bring guest speakers to discuss different topics. They don’t have to be prominent named figures. Check with family, friends, and other community members on what they know and are passionate about and ask them to do a presentation, answer questions from students, and teach a class or workshop. For example, if you have an author who has written several books on historical fiction, have them give a talk about writing historical fiction and how life was back then. You can do this through an actual visit or virtual video chat. It’s also an excellent opportunity for students to learn about different topics from someone well-versed in that field or subject matter.
6. Go On Field Trips
Field trips are fun! Even if you aren’t getting on a bus and traveling to your destination, there are still ways to take homeschool field trips. Field trips are one of the best ways to teach students about new places! Virtual field trips can help you and your student get a feel for what it’s like in different locations without going anywhere!
7. Take Advantage Of Technology
Technology can be a powerful tool in your homeschooling arsenal. Use the internet to find answers to questions, information about a subject, resources for your child’s studies, online games, and other fun activities.
You can also create your own educational videos for your kids to watch when they’re studying. Using a screen recorder, you can record yourself talking or demonstrating something while they follow along on their devices—and then they can watch the recording later without needing you there!
8. Use Different Media Types
In this age of constant media, it’s important to remember that you can harness the use of all kinds of media to teach and learn. Embrace all types of media to help enhance your homeschooling!
- When explaining something new or complex, sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. You can use images from your photo collection or find them online with a free image search engine like Google Images.
- Use audiobooks to help bring more literacy to your homeschooling without increasing visual reading. Audiobooks are also good for children who need to fidget while learning.
- Like, audiobooks, podcasts can also help add educational content to your schooling without adding more paperwork and physical books. Learn about history, science, growth mindset, and more with podcasts.
- Don’t underestimate the library! Yes, you will find books on all different topics, but you can also find magazines, newspapers, videos, and more there. Start local, and check out-of-state library memberships if you need more resources.
9. Add Competition
Set and reward small, achievable goals in the course of learning different subjects or completing various assignments. This will help your child keep track of their progress and stay motivated to continue. Use this as an opportunity to incorporate competition into your homeschooling routine. Your child will be able to see how well they are doing based on their accomplishments, which is a great way for them to improve their love of learning!
10. Pair Up Subjects
Use art to accompany science class or math exercises to practice a foreign language. You could also use music to accompany a history class.
When paired together, the subject matter will be easier to grasp and retain because it’s not as dry and dull as it is when taught independently of other topics. Your child will be more engaged with their education when they can connect what they learn in one subject area with another that they enjoy learning.
11. Connect Life To Learning
Show them the fun side of learning by acting out scenarios that involve lots of action and conversation—that’s why we’re homeschooling!
Give your kids a chance to see you doing things as an adult: cooking, cleaning, driving (and maybe even taking care of business), and grocery shopping. They’ll learn so much from watching you do these important life skills daily and will be less likely to demand that you do everything for them later in life. You never know when this kind of knowledge can come in handy!
12. Play Games
Give gameschooling a try! Try traditional board games, classic paper-and-card games like memory and go fish or puzzle-based games such as jigsaw puzzles and crosswords.Then expand and try games focusing on math, ELA, science, and social studies. When you make learning into fun activities, your students will be more willing to participate.
I hope these tips have given you some ideas for making homeschooling more fun for parents and kids. As we said before, it’s important to remember that everyone learns differently and what works for one family may not work for another. So experiment with the above suggestions on your own time and see what works best!
About the Author
Genesis Renta is a freelance writer and editor with over four years of experience. She is passionate about helping businesses succeed online and is always looking for new ways to help them grow. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her favorite video games and spending time with her family.