Add Fun and Flavor in your Homeschool!
If any of your answers are yes, you may be experiencing or on the verge of…homeschool burnout!
Here are 5 ways you can add fun and flavor to your homeschool day in 15:
- Pray. Take 15 minutes to share your burdens before the Lord. He is the true way to a successful homeschool day.
- Add a fun game to your schedule. Look for games that are fun but challenging at the same time, but doesn’t drag on and take too much time out. Set the timer and when it goes off, whoever is closest to the goal, he/she is the winner!
- Add fatigue to the mix. Between subjects, set the timer for 15 and ask the kids to do different activities. Write some ideas in a jar and have them pick one at a time. Or, think them up as you go shouting them out one after the other. For example, ask your child to run up and down the stair 15 times! When they are completed, ask them to run around the house 15 times. It will tire them out and keep them calm when it’s time to get serious about the next subject. Click here for more ideas.
- Ask your students to write up a funny skit and videotape it. Tell them they have 15 minutes to come up with the idea and then record their skit. You can pop some popcorn while they are preparing and enjoy the show! Or, sneak in quiet time while reading a book.
- Add 15-minute activities and put them in a jar. On a daily basis to break up the monotony, ask your child to pick an activity out of a jar.
Check out these 15 ideas you can add to your jar using strips of paper:
1. Learn Origami
2. Build a den using blankets in the living room (add a flashlight, snacks & books for extra fun!)
3. Draw a map as a bird’s eye view looking down at your neighborhood.
4. Make salt dough and pull out some cookie cutters. Throw them in the oven for a couple of hours at 200 degrees.
5. Make paper airplanes.
6. Set up a picnic in the living room during lunch.
7. Make marshmallow toys using mini-marshmallows and pretzel sticks.
10. Learn how to paint snow.
11. Have the kids pick a book and cuddle on the couch.
12. Find a podcast for kids on your phone and play it while you take a 15-minute break.
13. Ask the kids to design their own obstacle course. Make sure they know that cleanup time is their responsibility.
14. Start a sock war. Divide into two teams and roll up some socks. The can use blankets, pillows, chairs, and couches as a fort. If a kid is hit then they are out for the rest of the game. The last team standing wins.
15. Try indoor bowling. Get some empty water bottles or plastic cups, a ball, and start bowling!
All 15 of these ideas are easy to implement and most materials are already in your house.
Hope you have enjoyed the 5 ways you can add fun and flavor to your homeschool in 15. Homeschool burnout can be caused by months of the same routine and its time to start enjoying homeschooling again. Dependent upon the age, many of these ideas can be set up solely by the kids. Be aware that some parental supervision may be necessary.
Lastly, remind yourself that this is just for a season and summer will be here before you know it. Moms, in a blink of an eye your little ones will be grown up and you’ll be wondering how they grew up so fast! We are SO blessed to have the privilege to homeschool our children. Let’s remind ourselves of this fact when times get frustrating. Give those messy faces a kiss and lots of love!
Natalie Fullmer is married with two children. She left her lucrative IT healthcare career to stay home full-time and homeschool both children using the Charlotte Mason method. Natalie works part-time as a blogger, Virtual Assistant for other bloggers, and teaches Chinese students English online. She is also part of the Homeschool Review Crew reviewing homeschool materials. Her personal passions include raising animals mini-farm, reading non-fiction, gardening, learning the latest tech, and sharing her minimalist approach with other homeschool moms on her blog at http://contentwithsimple.com. Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 4:13.
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