After you homeschool for a while, it is easy to fall into a rut, especially toward the end of the school year. We’ve been on this homeschooling journey for nearly twenty years now and I’ve learned that mixing things up a bit can be a real shot in the arm for both parent and student!
If the kids are getting ancy and finding it hard to focus on school as the weather warms up, why not take school outdoors? Have the kids pack up a few books, pack a picnic lunch and head to a nice park! Sometimes a change in venue brings renewed passion and helps to finish the year strong. Another thought is to take some school work to the library and let the kids work there. When they’re finished their work, then perhaps they can browse for books and/or movies.
Even changing rooms can be helpful. For instance, we have a screened in back porch. Sometimes the kids like to do their school work out there while they listen to the birds singing.
What about reading books aloud to the children even if they’re old enough to do so themselves? Or what about writing math problems on a dry erase board to make things a little different? If the kids are learning fractions, why not head to the kitchen and whip up a batch of cookies or brownies using measuring cups? Fractions are everywhere!
Maybe you live near the beach or the mountains? Get outdoors and enjoy nature while you discuss nature and its beauty! Collect shells, leaves, rocks and bugs, and research when you get home. My kids love taking pictures of nature. Developing the natural curiosity children have is an awesome thing! Encourage questions and the wonder of childhood! Have the kids write a paper on what they learned. Education and learning often happen best outside the normal classroom.
We’ve often supplemented our learning by borrowing educational dvd’s from the library. This can really help to alleviate boredom.
Field trips can be great fun too. If feasible, “Take your child to work days” can be neat experiences for your child and spouse as well. Additionally, finding a mentor or apprenticeship program for older students can be a great blessing. For example, if your student has an interest in becoming a nurse, perhaps she could “shadow” or observe a friend in that vocation. A variety of exposure to different vocations can be very useful in selecting future careers.
By now, perhaps you’ve thought of some ways you can spice up the last few weeks of the school year. I hope that your creative juices have begun to flow and that the Lord blesses all of your educational efforts!