Have you noticed your children day dreaming a bit more? Are they restless or perhaps more easily distracted than usual? These are sure signs that spring fever has planted itself in your school day. At this time of year, the flexibility of homeschooling has its advantages! The challenge is to find a way to let springtime and learning time share the same space. Here are some ideas on tackling this warm weather situation–
- Plan regular break times to go for a walk, play catch or just breathe fresh air. This is a wonderful opportunity for heart to heart discussions, and to learn more about each other. Learning isn’t always about the books!
- Add bright colors to the learning area with colorful pictures or a few fresh picked early blossoms. Put branches of blooming forsythia in a vase, or some bulbs (daffodils or tulips) that might be in your back yard.
- Have a picnic with your kids. Between sandwiches and cookies, talk to them about their interests and abilities — after all, students learn best when they find the lessons interesting.
- Use the interests your kids mentioned above and encourage them to participate in extracurriuclar activities and join clubs. To capitalize on warm weather fun, baseball, swimming, camping, etc., are all fun and educational. For instance, learn about the science of baseball by learning how gravity, velocity and air pressure impact the ball.
- Exemplify a geometry lesson with nature! Why do some flowers and plants respond differently to wind? A main reason is the geometry of the stem. A round stem can bend but cannot twist easily. With a little help from the Internet, you can make an entire geometry lesson investigating the plants outside.
- Start your kid’s studies early in the morning and then finish lessons before the outdoors becomes too tempting. Or maybe take a mid-afternoon break and return to lessons later in the day. Isn’t flexibility great?
- Finish an extra lesson Monday–Thursday to make Friday a free day or an outside learning day. Either way, use the interests they mentioned earlier and really have FUN on your extra day!
- Go on at least two field trips. Besides being a blast, field trips are excellent opportunities to supplement what your children are learning in daily lessons. For example, learn about amusement park physics before you ride the roller coaster!
- Grab the books and study outside. After all, it’s just as easy to read a history book under a tree as it is to read one on the living room sofa! Maybe use outside time as an incentive. Or just enjoy it because it’s there!
- Look up at the sky to encourage some daydreaming. Famous inventors certainly daydreamed before they changed the world.
- Get silly and creative — face paint, sidewalk chalk and bubbles are a great start. Did you know that bubbles have three layers–a thin layer of water between two layers of soap molecules? Get silly and learn something new at the same time!
What additional things can you think of to enhance Spring learning?