No one said homeschooling has to be all work and no play. Indeed, one of your main reasons for choosing to homeschool in the first place might be to spend more time with your child, having fun learning with them and watching them grow.
5 Ways to Make Homeschooling More Fun
Still, it’s easy to slip into the mindset of just getting things done and checking to-do’s off your daily schedule. When homeschooling just becomes a day-to-day grind, we often need reminders of ways to continue to make homeschooling fun. So, here’s a list of five actions you can take to enliven your child’s learning.
1. Play Learning Games
No list of ways to make homeschooling more fun would be complete without mentioning playing games to enhance your family’s learning. Whether it’s a game your family invents to reinforce memory work—like hangman with geographical locations or a spelling bee with Latin vocabulary—or a traditional board game like Monopoly or Settlers of Catan where your child can learn about economics and practice some math, children can learn so much from playing games. And of course, games make homeschooling more fun!
2. Connect with Other Homeschool Families
If you are a Classical Conversations® member, then you know the importance of homeschooling alongside other parents and students.
Still, you don’t have to just learn together once a week on your scheduled community day. Instead, take initiative and invite a couple friends from your community to come learn with your family by taking a field trip together or just by visiting your home and taking turns reading a great read-aloud book.
3. Use Technology to Enhance Learning
Love it or not, children love technology. And although you may struggle already to keep your child from playing too many video games as it is, the reality is that technology can be utilized as a powerful, exciting tool for learning.
For example, are you learning about a new country or city in geography? View Google Maps and use the Street View feature to tour that location with your student like you’re actually there. In addition, there are hundreds of free web-based and mobile apps that promote learning. Just search online for whatever subject you are learning, say history or science, and add the words “free online game” to your query.
4. Get Creative with Art and Food
One of the simplest ways to incorporate some fun into your homeschooling is to give your child opportunities to express their creativity to reinforce the material he or she is already learning.
For example, if your family is studying geography, you can cook a traditional meal from each country you study together. Learning about earth science? Encourage your child to get out into the backyard or a local park with a Nature Sketch Journal and draw the creatures and plant-life they discover. Or, if you and your child are learning about the Ancient Greeks, have your student write their own mythical legend from that era.
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5. Learn Outside the Home
At Classical Conversations, we often say that not all homeschooling is schooling at home. That’s because there is so much to learn outside books and curriculum, whether through nature or other hands-on experiences.
To give a few examples, you and your student can learn about biology by studying the wildlife at your local park or zoo, learn history at your state museum, or even learn a skilled trade like glass-blowing or painting from a trained professional in your area.
Alternatively, you can always take your books and curriculum outside and enjoy the change in scenery!
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