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One of the benefits of homeschooling is that your life isn’t governed by the ringing of a bell. Since there is no bus to catch– you don’t even have to leave the house, remember– you don’t have to get up at the same time as everyone else on the block. With no bells signaling the end of each class or the beginning of lunch or the end of the day, you can do school anytime during the day. It also means that as you do various activities throughout the day you can count it all as school.
- Give them time to play (it will help them internalize what they learn each day).
- Send them outside to get fresh air and run around (gym class).
- Help them make salt dough or some other craft dough to play with (art class).
Teach them to:
- cook (planning the meal, shopping, preparing and clean-up)
- sew (make an apron, a book bag, a pot holder or pillow)
- do laundry (sort, wash, dry and fold — and iron!)
- rake leaves (pick up and break down branches, use a rake or blower, bag everything)
- serve your neighbors (do yard work, shovel snow, help with gardening)
- Get them involved in a Bible study apart from your classes, like AWANA or some other program
- Sign them up for community activities like Upwards sports programs or a homeschool sporting league.
- Get together with other homeschoolers and start a kids’ bowling league, or just have playdates at the park once a week.
Count it All as School
Your day doesn’t have to start and end at the same time every day, nor at the same time the public schools start and end. The hours you teach do not even have to be sequential in the day.
Talk about your school topics as you drive and as you go about your day. This is a great way to review or introduce a topic of study. Get a zoo membership and a museum membership and spend at least one day a month at each place. I guarantee you will find a way to tie the trip into whatever academic topic you are studying.
Education takes place all the time in life. Regardless of when those teachable moments occur– during the day, in the evening, or even over the weekend– be sure to count it all as school!