Without a curriculum for teaching at home, some of us may feel that we are falling short. We couldn’t be further from the truth in thinking this way! Inspiration is all around us, we just have to know where to look.
Without thinking too hard, or too in-depth, simply take a subject, brainstorm an age-appropriate list, and get to work gathering the materials.
Follow these examples, then create your own lists, depending on where your child’s interests are at the moment, because one of the best parts about homeschooling is the spontaneity of it all.
- Visit a museum or historical re-enactment
- Watch a documentary or movie based on a true story
- Put a map puzzle together or play a geography board game
- Research a topic about “This Day in History” by picking a random year and stating what you find
- Cook your favorite Paleo recipe (together or alone)
- Draw a chart by hand, measuring some weather elements or the plants in the garden
- Learn to knit or make beaded bracelets
- Play a new card game
- Become a human calculator and add up the total of your items in the grocery cart
- Listen to a nature podcast
- Get outside and collect/release insects – drawing and identifying them
- Explore a science themed app
- Visit an aquarium or an animal rehabilitation center.
- Conduct your own science experiments
- Use a paint by number kit
- Visit an art museum or local exhibit
- Tour an artist’s studio
- Watch videos to learn about different crafts
Kids are learning in their own way each and every day, the stimulus provided is part of the teaching responsibility taken on by the parent or carer. Don’t be afraid to get outside your comfort zone by asking questions, or asking for help if you don’t know much about a subject. Look around and find someone who is willing to teach. You never know until you ask!