Whether you homeschool, have a preschooler at home or just want a home environment conductive to learning during after school hours, it's possible to creative a comfortable environment that encourages children to learn. As a homeschool parent that also volunteers with youth, I have found several things that work well for my family and others.
In fact, the modern concept of a children’s museum goes against everything we have come to associate with museums. They are “please touch” places where kids can jump and climb and race and bash all while being as loud or quiet as they want. Perfect for getting out all the pent up silliness of being a kid on a hot day or a rained out one.
Too many children are uncomfortable in nature. Whether you want to blame television, abundant extracurriculars at younger ages, or the fear of stranger danger, less kids are getting outside and exploring. The saddest part is that many of the lessons young kids are most apt to absorb are best taught outdoors and not in a classroom. Working natural and seasonal themes into your week provides a solid basis in beginning science and helps a child understand their place in the world.
So, what do you do when you have to go back to the Natural History Museum….again? You plan ahead and think outside of that pre-historic box. A scavenger hunt. You will need:
Morning boards serve a dual purpose, whether you are a classroom or homeschool teacher. These boards provide the comfort of ritual to the children while reinforcing important concepts. With younger children, the morning board can become an integral part of circle time or the start of the day routine.
The ‘90s were a good decade for children’s gifts. There were usually only a few toys that your parents had to put under the tree: something fuzzy, something gross and something entertaining. And there was certainly a plethora of all three available for purchase. If I could, I would get some of these under my tree again this year.
Let’s take a look at some of the wickedest stuff Santa could bring kids of the ‘90s:
As a homeschool mama I get to experiment with a lot of educational tools and ideas. My main limitations are time and money, so I jump for joy whenever I find a low-cost learning tool that requires minimal hands-on time from me. Discovery bins, sometimes called sensory tubs, fit the bill in so many ways that I am surprised I didn't begin using them sooner.
My boyfriend is a huge mama's boy, and they have the weirdest relationship I've ever seen. I'm not just saying that; it seriously creeps me out sometimes. We live less than a mile from her, and he sees her every single day. He also calls her about 10 or 12 times a day, no joke, and sends anywhere from 20 to 50+ text messages per day. She frequently invites herself on our dates and was mad that he didn't tell her when we started sleeping together. It's just a little too much to handle.
He has very few friends, and I'm the first serious girlfriend he's ever had. And this man is in his twenties. After meeting his mother, I now understand why.