How to make homeschooling fun must be one of the top questions I’m asked. I can’t even describe the pure beauty of those moments when learning just happens in the midst of family fun or when my children’s play inspires them to make, and explore, and find out. But it is when you know that it’s all going to work out OK and you are doing a great job at this homeschooling thing.
Incorporating fun, informal learning activities into your homeschool is great for far more than 101 reasons. It can serve to:
- break up the monotony of the everyday schedule,
- spark interest in subjects outside the normal course of study,
- help reluctant learners find joy in learning and build confidence,
- add some educational value to sick days, holiday breaks, or just those days when you’re asking, “Can this count as school?”, and
- provide some direction or inspiration during the deschooling process or if you’re unschooling.
So without further ado, here are a few – or actually 101 – of our absolute favorite reasons to make homeschooling fun.
Reasons to Read Fun Books
1. Because taking turns reading to each other builds reading confidence in little bites.
2. Because reading a book about another homeschooling family makes it all seem “normal”.
3. Because making math a medieval reading adventure technically covers three subjects at once!
4. Because I guarantee just having this book in your home will inspire a ton of independent learning.
5. Because maps are eye-candy for little geography lovers.
6. Because there really is no such thing as useless knowledge.
7. Because poetry inspires!
8. Because fun can be yummy too!
9. Because books can inspire family adventures.
10. Because books can bring out their creative geniuses.
11. Because sometimes getting them laughing is the best way to get them reading.
12. Because bedtime is the perfect time for a little bit of using your brain.
13. Because kids and adults love awesome facts.
14. Because my kids grab this book, on their own, and dig into history all. the. time.
15. Because children will actually read the dictionary if given one on their level.
16. Because kids need to know you can make great things from mistakes.
Reasons for Fun Science and Nature Activities
17. Because my daughter has an engineer’s blood in her veins.
18. Because you never know when an opportunity for a nature study will creep across your patio.
19. Because the erupting volcano demonstration never gets old.
20. Because our future technology geniuses start somewhere.
21. Because little ones love to look at little things . . .
22. . . . and because bigger kids love to look at little things too.
23. Because they’re gonna need something cool to look at with their magnifying glasses.
24. Because if they’re going to pick up every “special” rock they see they may as well know something about it.
25. Because, while we’re on the subject of rocks, does it get more FUN than being told to break things!?
26. Because the notion that physics is only for high school and college is bunk.
27. Because SPACE. Need I say more?
28. Because nothing sparks wonder and amazement like the final frontier.
Reasons to Make Math Fun
29. Because tessellation is cool!
30. Because a healthy obsession with planners starts early. 😉
31. Because you NEED to know when it’s snack time!
32. Because the possibilities are endless.
33. Because who wouldn’t love a tub of money!
34. Because I wish I could have learned multiplication from a sock monster.
35. Because learning to recognize numbers by dots is an invaluable skill.
36. Because kids love ’em and they are really are great for teaching so many math concepts.
37. Because this is a great toy to take on the go.
38. Because creating an home environment that is rich in learning opportunities will pay huge dividends.
39. Because sometimes you run out of ideas for things to do with all those amazing math manipulatives.
40. Because it never hurts to show kids how math applies to real life.
Reasons for Fun History and Geography Resources
41. Because Ancient Egypt is fascinating!
42. Because who doesn’t love to play archaeologist?
43. Because cutting and pasting and creating make learning personalized.
44. Because knowing where provides so much context for the whos and whats and whens.
45. Because the feudal system is waaaay easier to explain when you add dragons . . . or maybe just more fun.
46. Because what do tiny castles need? Why tiny siege engines of course!
47. Because architecture is better hands-on.
48. Because model painting can be more than just horses or cars.
49. Because this activity guide really helps bring SOTW Vol 1 to life!
50. Because you might need a good excuse for one more roadschooling trip.
51. Because, let’s face it, EVERY mom of young kids is thinking the same thing – I just don’t have enough stuff taking up space on my floor!
52. Because history can be beautiful.
Reasons to Cultivate Fun with Art & Creativity
53. Because I could come up with 101 reasons alone to give children an appreciation for great art.
54. Because “non-toxic” and “storage case” are words I love to hear!
55. Because spirographs are just as cool as when we were kids.
56. Because occasionally it’s worth a little more investment for a more “grown-up-like” product.
57. Because drawing is a great skill for anyone to cultivate.
58. Because you never know if you’re raising the next great inventor.
59. Because everyone needs a little silly inspiration sometimes.
60. Because what kid doesn’t love saying, “I made that!”?
61. Because mom loves anything that has it’s own storage container.
62. Because how cute are little animal footprint stamps!! Hello, make your own nature journals!
63. Because, with little ones, you may as well get these on auto delivery.
64. Because, if you do nothing else with art, teach them how to mix colors.
65. Because this is an absolute staple item in our home for boredom-busting. (And I let them mix the colors)
Reasons to Build Life Skills the Fun Way
66. Because sewing by hand is still an important skill to have.
68. Because unleashing their inner chef doesn’t need to be risky business.
69. Because the right tools can turn ideas into realities.
70. Because your little emergency-room-doctor-in-training will love it.
71. Because this is just a necessity in any home, but done in a kid-friendly way.
72. Because I cannot wait for my girls to master baking on their own. I will let them all.the.time.
73. Because gardening can be not only a practical life skill but a lovely, life-long hobby.
74. Because growing your own vegetables can make them so much more fun to eat.
75. Because teaching how gardening and cooking go together creates food-responsible, healthy-minded children.
76. Because it’s more fun to get involved with cleaning with real tools (not toys). *Also great for women with child-sized hands like me.*
77. Because being responsible for their own schedule helps kids own their responsibilities.
Reasons to Play Fun Learning Games
78. Because I would have never known my children had such deep thoughts.
79. Because every parent needs the dose of humility of having their child beat them in a thinking game.
80. Because additional and subtraction don’t have to just be learned on flash cards.
81. Because BINGO is great no matter how you play it.
82. Because logic and critical thinking are so important.
83. Because geography is more fun when you’re “mad-dashing”.
84. Because learning to manage money can be fun.
85. Because even young children can appreciate great art.
86. Because TREASURE HUNT! Seriously, my mom used to make clues and maps by hand for my birthday parties. And now you can just buy this!
87. Because, c’mon, you get to flip monkeys!
88. Because I’m kinda obsessed with fun ways to teach multiplication right now.
89. Because catching cat criminals builds strong brains.
Reasons to Make Learning Fun for Little Ones
90. Because – secretly – I want to play with this stuff all the time too!
91. Because they will build this garden again, and again . . . and again.
92. Because it’s never to early to lay a foundation for reading.
93. Because sometimes low-tech is simply the best.
94. Because you have to know how many Legos equals one Oreo.
95. Because who doesn’t adore this caterpillar?
96. Because when you see a great toy with lower-case letters – snag it!
97. Because hours of self-entertainment.
98. Because bean bags are so versatile. And ones with different shapes and colors? More so!
99. Because, for some reason, toddlers love eggs so darn much.
100. Because – again – THIS caterpillar! And also fine motor skills.
101. Because movement and music can turn anything into fun.
Whew! That was a lot of reasons.
So what have I missed? Let me know how you make homeschooling fun! I am always looking for new ideas for my own kids and to share with others. And don’t forget to subscribe to Mercer Homeschooling for access to our printables library and updates on new content.