The most rewarding aspect of homeschooling is the freedom to break away from rigid lesson plans and objective teaching styles and design lessons to capture your child’s unique interests and capitalize on their learning style. I was homeschooled from kindergarten until college, so maybe I’m a little biased, but I think it’s one of the best ways to instill creativity and flexibility, skills that will make all the difference when it comes to learning at home, both for students and parents. Discovering what works best for your family may take time, but will pay dividends.
Kids can learn a ton of skills through letter writing, and develop both their penmanship and conversational abilities simultaneously. It’s also a fantastic way to keep in touch with long distance friends and family, or to learn about other cultures through pen pal programs. This card making kit lets kiddos turn a plain paper page into an exciting art project.
Hands-on manipulatives help reinforce learned skills, and this Montessori style letter blocks help children process rhyming sounds, get a jump on early reading, and make it easy to practice memorizing letter shapes.
Tailoring lessons to suit your children’s interests in just one way to get them more engaged in learning. Picking out a few books, or signing up for virtual museum passes can help integrate multiple subjects together, as kids about geography, history, climate, diet, predatory and prey relationships, and more, all without getting bored and disinterested. With collaborative programs like Teachers Pay Teachers, you can even buy PDF worksheets with Dino based word problems, math assignments, and more, and this isn’t just limited to dinosaurs; almost any child’s interest can be used this same way.
Kids in school get to bring home those adorable handmade crafts, and it’s super easy to keep that kind of tradition going, whether your little one wants to make holiday ornaments, copy simple shapes, or even replicate storybook characters, there’s lots of ways to learn and play with this kit.
A major benefit to homeschooling has traditionally been the freedom to go to more museums, aquariums, zoos, and other enriching and educational spaces than the traditional school day will allow. With continued concerns about Covid-19 still at the front of everyone’s mind, those spaces are much more likely to be closed, offer limited tickets, or not be a comfortable environment for many families. In the meantime, many of them offer video series, books, and hands-on learning tools through their websites and gift shops, so kids can get a chance to learn, and families can still have an opportunity to support these important venues financially.
Desktop sized, this 17″ skeleton is a functional piece of macabre decor, useful for teens interested in pursuing college or trade school education with a focus in medicine, radiography, or physical therapy. They can help get down the basics of anatomy with this practical aid.
Montessori schools emphasize imitative play, appropriately sized tools, and life skills, including personal responsibility and cleaning up after oneself, and this set of cleaning tools helps children learn all of these skills. Early learning skills should be play focused, but children see imagination play as enjoyable, not as a chore; think of children who enjoy playing at adult jobs, like checking the mail, or who enjoy pretending to be the teacher, with older siblings or parents as the students.
Too much screen time is linked to a host of learning and behavioral issues, but taking advantage of technology to help kids process school lessons in more concrete, easy to understand ways can’t be a bad thing. Osmo apps and their associated real-world tiles and toys help kids learn math, spelling, and problem solving, all through the power of games.
Make geography lessons come to life with this smart globe. Augmented reality lets your child take a phone or tablet and explore local wildlife and habitats, helping them take a globe and really make sense of the information presented in context, and in interesting ways.
Take advantage of those early years, when children’s brains are so open and eager to learn, to invest time into learning a second language. Popular children’s books frequently are available in bilingual versions, which are fun to read, and help build a library that’s practical and fun.
A craft for mess loving kids, crayon melting kits are a hands on and immersive art project that is always sure to entice, whether you use this set for fun seasonal pumpkin decorating, or explore covering a range of other items with melted crayons.
Whether you’re looking to interest an artistic child in science, or want to help kids who love science learn to appreciate art, this activity kit is perfect for helping kids learn to test, build, and enjoy dozens of fun projects. Following in the footsteps of egg drop assignments, these activities branch further into understanding the cause and effect about why certain approaches succeed, and others fail, and the resulting info helps kids more easily understand upper level concepts like gravity, wind resistance, tensile strength, and more important scientific concepts.
Beginner level crafts that aren’t frustrating are a key part of daily work for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary learning. Mastering the pincer grasp, cutting, gluing, and threading sets children up for more success with handwriting, better note taking, and well-rounded development.
Pretend play lets preschool and elementary students act out adult interactions, help them learn independence and social skills, and the play cash register also helps them learn basic math. Convert a small space in your home into a “store” and help them practice making change, reading box labels, and more.
Homeschooling parents can take a page out of the professional educator’s book and buy bulk supplies. Accounting for the inevitable losses and breakage is the only way to stay ahead of a toddler– or a class full of them. Crayola class packs are available from their shop, as well as on Amazon. It’s a great savings, and will keep those creative juices flowing.
Long gone are the days of celebrity-faced clay pots, chia has a much cooler indoor ecosystem now. Kids can learn about plant life cycles with any of a range of indoor or small-space garden projects, but this terrarium bridges the gap between science project and art project perfectly.
Finally, homework the whole family can enjoy. Learning to cook can empower kids to try new foods, help them master fractions and measurements, and give them a sense of accomplishment. There are a lot of subscription boxes for kids out there, and many of them are educational, but Raddish manages to regularly produce a box that is fun, and teaches a practical skill.