Do you struggle sometimes with ideas for interesting homeschool activities for your children? These can be done at home as well as outside the home. Let me share several that we have really enjoyed.
Some of our most enjoyable times have been when I printed resources from the Internet and we made something. Because I lack artistic abilities, I have become a master at downloading reproducible patterns and using them in our home.
I have gotten patterns to make tangrams, The Tabernacle, tons of lapbook templates, and word search puzzles. Our children enjoy them and I try to connect them to what we are currently studying in our homeschool curriculum.
We really enjoy our field trips and they are a big production with our large family. We usually wear similar colors to help identify ourselves in a larger group.
Since starting homeschooling many years ago, a few of our favorites have been when we visited a U-pick Strawberry Field, toured a local grocery store and went inside their huge freezer, and going to the airport and watching a homeschooling mom land at the airport and show us around her plane!
All of our children have attended or will attend classes at a local community music school we have here in Nashville. So far, we have two pianists, two flutists, two guitarists, one saxophone player, and three others anxiously "waiting in the wings" to have their turns.
We have been involved in team sports and competitive sports with our children. When they were much younger, we started with T-ball, then soccer and swimming at the YMCA. Later, they did gymnastics, figure skating, and power tumbling.
Some families prefer not to get involved with competitive sports so you will have to decide what is best for your family. We enjoyed it but there was a lot of travel and expense!
Currently we do gymnastics, classes at our Y, and the occasional training for a 5K race.
Various community service and nature projects have been a regular part of our educational activities, too.
Our decision to start homeschooling allows us the flexibility to do different types of things and not limit our instruction to books and workbooks. We use many of these homeschool activities as enrichment, motivation, and forms of reward for our children.