Two years ago, I made the decision to homeschool my daughter. I felt that she wasn’t being challenged enough and there was a lack of new experiences in the classroom. It took about a year for us to really get acclimated to this new school routine. To make sure it was enjoyable to my daughter, I incorporated 5 activities in her weekly schedule to keep her interested.
1. Visit Historical Sites
My daughter and I like to find cool historic places that gives us a unique front seat to how it was “back in the day”.
We recently went to the National Museum Great Lakes as part of the Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th Annual Museum Day. We had a very exciting day of exploring a ship where we learned a lot about life on the sea.
2. Museum Classes
If you have a child who loves art, check your local museum to see if they offer art classes. My museum offers painting classes, sculpture classes, photography classes, and even glassblowing classes. This school year my daughter is taking a Mixed Media Sculpture Class. She LOVES it!
3. Fun Books That Are Informative
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My daughter loves to read, so when I had the opportunity to review National Geographic’s Kids Almanac and Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, I jumped at it. Plus my day is a major fan of National Geographic Kids! I love that National Geographic Kids is great for both fact AND fiction. These two books, geared toward middle schoolers, allows your child to be curious and explore. I enjoyed reading both books with my daughter who has been through both books several times since we received them. She loves all the cool facts that she learns about.
Just the facts about National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019
• The National Geographic Kids Almanac is the most popular kids almanac on the planet.
• It is a great summer boredom buster for kids of every interest and reading level.
• Some of its features include Cool Things for 2019 on various themes throughout the book, from the 19 cutest animals to 19 amazing facts about Vikings and more.
• Kids are invited to participate in the Lions Forever Almanac Challenge for a chance to win a $500 gift card to host a lion conservation party! Go to natgeokids.com/almanac.
• The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 typically retails for $14.99.
Just the facts about Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret
• Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret engages kids on so many levels beyond the narrative, with code-breaking, puzzles, and a storyline that encourages observation, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving.
• It features diverse kids and cultures from around the globe.
• It is fact-based fiction, inspired by the real-life adventures of real National Geographic explorers. Each book features a Truth Behind the Fiction section and profiles real explorers and their work.
• This book series is geared towards middle-graders (ages 8-12).
In Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, there are clues and codes hidden throughout the book. There is an awesome code-breaking game on the Explorer Academy website at exploreracademy.com.
To celebrate the launch of Explorer Academy, one lucky family will experience a spectacular ship-based expedition, just like the students at Explorer Academy. The grand prize is a family trip for four to Alaska’s Inside Passage from National Geographic Expeditions. Enter the sweepstakes at exploreracademytrip.com.
4. Volunteer at a Local Garden
Every Wednesday my daughter and I volunteer at a local garden. Not only does she get to socialize with some amazing people in the community, she also learns a lot about agriculture. She loves that she gets to help with the harvesting of the produce.
5. Add Culinary Arts
My daughter loves to cook, so it was a no brainer that I add culinary arts to her curriculum. What I love about culinary arts is that it’s not just fun, but you can incorporate math and science into your lesson! You can also add a little history too!
How do you add fun to your homeschool curriculum?