My daughter loves rhyming games so I manipulated the situation and use it as a spelling tool. I used it with Hannah as a game to earn points. I start with the word like frog she comes up with a rhyming word and if she can spell it as well she gets a point. Her choice was dog, she spelled it correctly and got a point. Any lesson that you do can turn into a game with a reward system. Make it fun, be clever, engage with your child. The joys of homeschool is that it’s not a chore it’s fun. Remember this homework is always a great way to teach your children. Towels need folding, great lesson, dinner needs cooking, another lesson. learning stuff in school is all about stuff you’ll use in real life so let’s teach your kids stuff that they will actually need in life, plus they learn and housework gets done everyone wins.
I know this might sound a little crazy, but with all the different streaming apps that we have I thought that there was bound to be something useful to me. Netflix has some very educational shows aimed at all age groups of kids. My 4-year-old loves Mother goose club, this show is all about singing songs and teaching preschool basics. I absolutely love this show. It is all the songs that my mom grew up singing to me and now I find myself singing to my own kids so the familiarity is so much fun for her. Keep in mind it is one of those shows where you will be doing laundry and suddenly find yourself singing the continuous loop of preschool songs, with all joking aside this is really great content towards the preschool to kindergarten age group. My older daughter loves the beloved miss Frizzle from the magic school bus. If you’re looking for a different way to engage your kids try out the Netflix streaming app, your paying for it anyways, But remember this, sitting and watching with your kids is always a key in learning and is so much more fun for them as well, because let’s be real watching anything with someone else is way more enjoyable. Happy teaching everyone.
Today I had more success with my preschooler than my first grader. My older daughter was having a bad morning and was just not feeling school, well you know sometimes you just don’t feel like getting out of bed and you call in sick, but you really just need a break. Remember it is ok to do that. My four-year old wanted to do some school work and I took the opportunity to work one on one with her while I had the chance. It wasn’t much maybe wrote some letters or letter recognition and using the dry erase board to draw shapes, one of her favorite things to do. And she worked only for about 20 minutes, and that was fine, we covered some things while having fun at the same time. Sometimes working with only one child at a time and changing it up can be very beneficial to that child with getting your full attention, which most kids want anyway. So change-up learning habits with your kids and see what happens, it may work or not but always worth trying.
Taking days off are always useful, not every week is the same and the great thing about creating your own home school schedule, is that you choose when it is time to take a break. Even though that working hard is great, My stepdad used to always tell me work smarter not harder. Sometimes even taking a simple movie day will mix things up. We tend to work around my husband’s work schedule. Making it easy to make a well prepared subject lineup as well. Everyday is a little different as well. But taking some down time and recharging in the middle of the week is always nice.