For many homeschoolers, Charlotte Mason adherents or not, nature studies are a priority–especially in the early years. It is such a great way to introduce children to the wider world and spark their curiosity and love of learning. For me it is nostalgic, bringing back memories of growing up playing in the woods with frogs and bugs. I love to share these things with my children. But what do you do when you don’t live in the country? Or even if you don’t have a backyard? Well, it takes a little more effort–but I promise you great urban nature studies are not impossible.Continue Reading
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.
Here is a run-down of our first grade homeschooling curriculum. We loved it and had so much fun! The progress my daughter made far exceeded expectations and I definitely see the effectiveness of our long-term curriculum plan in action.
Approximately the first five to fifteen minutes of our formal school day is spent working on memorizing scripture, practicing previously memorized verses, or reading stories from The Jesus Storybook Bible or other books we get from the library about Biblical figures. We are reading through our Jesus Storybook Bible chronologically. But I try to supplement our social studies topics with Bible stories from coordinating time-periods as well. For example, we read the story of Esther when we studied the Persian Empire.