Five Ways To Add Spring Fun To Your HomeschoolLeah Courtney
I can say without a doubt that spring is my favorite season. After months of being stuck inside while it’s cold and wet outside, I am more than ready to see the sun and shoo the kids outdoors. If your homeschool has seemed to drag on through the winter months and kids are a little stir crazy, add a little spring fun to your homeschooling.
It seems simple, but just moving some lessons outdoors can really change things up for you and the kids. Do your read alouds sitting on the swing. Send kids to sit on a bench outside to do their independent work. Do a hands on science project in the driveway. Just being outdoors can feel refreshing— even when you’re doing the same work.
Visit (or Plant) a Garden
We’ve tried a garden a number of times. Rarely have we succeeded. The deer ate what we planted behind our house. The small container gardens dried out with too little watering. The rain made everything so muddy we missed the planting season. Despite good intentions, we can’t seem to manage a garden.
But we’ve found an alternative to raising our own vegetables — visiting the community garden in our city or local farms that offer tours. It’s a bonus if you find a farm or garden that allows you to pick your own produce.
Head to the Nature Museum
Many nature museums offer outdoor activities as the weather becomes mild. Nature centers and preserves typically have trails on which you can observe plants and wildlife.
Stretch your dollars by inquiring about family memberships and discounts for homeschoolers.
Head to the State Park
State parks are usually very inexpensive and some have homeschool days for a discount or free admission. Roaming the park’s trails is great in the beautiful spring weather. At a state park you can also often visit museums that feature prominent, local historical figures or showcase how people lived in the area during different time periods. Some state parks have the added bonus of a river or lake for fishing or boating.
Head outdoors with a sketch pad or notebook for a nature journal. Find things that interest you and sketch them. Older kids can also write a short description. Challenge kids to look for different things and see who can find them first— a cocoon, a bird’s nest, moss on a tree. If you or the kids find something that particularly interests you, look it up when you head back indoors and learn about something new.
It can be fun and motivating to your homeschool when you take time to enjoy spring by changing up your normal routines and getting out to experience the sunshine and warmer temperatures.