With the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders happening across the U.S., many children are home for the rest of the school year.
And that means that some parents are now leading their children through educational activities. Home learning can be a special time of bonding for parents and children. My homeschooling journey is over, but my two sons are happily enrolled in colleges in different parts of the country. They both love to learn and their chosen fields of study. One is a history major and the other is a science major.
The suggestions below are only a starting point. The best way to educate a child is to gather suggestions from many different people, books, or resources. Enjoy the journey of learning each day with your children.
When my boys were in elementary school, we used History Pockets to supplement curriculum. Some children will really enjoy this activity. There are many different themes from which to choose. The picture shows “Life in Plymouth Colony.” We made notebooks with “pockets.” Each chapter, or “pocket,” presents activities to be placed in the “pocket” for that chapter. There are fact sheets and activity sheets. The supplies needed for each activity are supplies most people will already have in their homes like crayons, scissors, glue, construction paper or card stock. This is a great way to learn about history, and the books made can be kept as a memorable keepsake. I considered this to be a fun resource, although some history professionals may disagree with the oversimplification of history.
Story of the World
Brain Games: Sticker By Number
Sticker by Number is an entertaining, fun, and relaxing art activity. There are many different varieties from which to choose. Above is an animal-themed book. Each picture is numbered. The stickers in the back match the numbers. This activity is easy for children to do alone or with a sibling. These books are also very reasonably priced.
Educational Word Searches
Some of the word searches have educational themes, such as the one pictured above. Each state is represented with a fact sheet and a word search sheet. The fact sheets list different information such as the state flower, the state capital, and the nickname. There are about 10 facts for each state. This resource is reasonably priced and provides hours of educational entertainment.
The Presidential Word Search Puzzles feature a presidential fact sheet and a word search sheet for each president. The fact sheets are very interesting including where the president was born, his parents, his pets, his wife, his children, his education and more. Paragraphs are given with even more information. The words in bold are found on the word search grid. These are very reasonably priced and provide hours of educational entertainment.
There are so many creative and fun educational resources on the market. There is no reason for education to be boring or mundane. There are games and crafts. If money is an issue, eBay and Amazon both have used resources. (Thrift stores are my number one resource, but because of quarantine, those stores may be difficult/impossible to visit right now). I have never bought or received anything in horrible condition.
Embrace this time with your children at home and have fun! Learn with them! Play with them! Children are only young once. I firmly believe in giving children a happy childhood. Leave the legacy of a happy childhood to your children.
I was compensated for this blog post with a game but the opinions are my own.
Becky Hill lives in Green River, Wyoming, with her husband of 29 years. She has 3 grown children and 2 grand dogs. Becky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1990. She earned a Biblical Studies Certificate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, Illinois, in 1993. Becky began homeschooling two of her children unexpectedly 13 years ago. Despite many challenges along the way, Becky creatively enabled both of her children to succeed. While her homeschooling adventures are over, she loves tutoring children and helping them to conquer subjects with no fear. Her specialty is mathematics. One of her favorite hobbies is creatively incorporating games into tutoring. The goal, she believes, is no tears, no fear, and a competent, confident, and happy child. She has a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter page called “The Happy Math Nerd."
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