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6 FREE Spring Homeschooling Learning Activities that Are Fun, Too!

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6 FREE Spring Homeschooling Learning Activities

that Are Fun, Too!

By Linda Dobson

homeschoolingBecause homeschooling families place learning at the core of their lifestyles, they become very adept at finding/seeing/inventing homeschooling learning activities they know will inspire their children. It’s true, all children are different, but it’s quite possible that some of the following free activities will catch your children’s fancy and bring out the fun that is true learning; spring is just around the corner!

FREE, Fun Homeschooling Learning Activities

BEGIN WITH BASEBALL

(across the curriculum; early and middle years)

Each family member chooses a team at the beginning of baseball season. On a map you can find the teams’ hometowns and all the places they play that year. Figure out the distance between cities and the best route. Write letters to the teams and to some favorite players (they write back!). Read biographies of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Mark McGwire, and more. Keep charts and graphs, do “baseball math,” write news reports, and finish up by going to a game. This unit scores a home run. ~ Ann Currie

EXTREME CHOCOLATE

(language arts/life skills; all ages)

My six year-old loves cooking and constantly asks people for recipes. To encourage this, we are reading The Chocolate Touch, a fun children’s novel about a boy who turns into chocolate everything his lilps touch. She uses the computer to find simple chocolate recipes, her first Internet research experience. Sheh is learning how to copy and paste text and how to save files to her own disk. We make the recipes and of course use fractions and math skills. We rate the dishes with three stars (good, very good, and great). When the chocolate collection is complete, we’ll turn it into her very own recipe book. We also found out where chocolate is grown, its natural habitat, and where most of the world’s chocolate farms are located. ~ Susan Brown

WORD SQUARES

(reading; early and middle years)

My son loves secret codes and playing spy, so I explained that any written language, even plain old English, is a code for spoken language. Then I capitalized on his excitement with this game.

On squares of paper I write out a sentence or silly rhyme, one word to each square. (I try to draw rebuses on some squares to make it look more like a secret code.) I number the squares, then hide them around the house, telling him only how many squares he is looking for. His little sister is his assistant spy and helps search. While trying to determine how many squares are missing at any given time, he’s doing the math. When he’s found all the squares, he puts them in order on the kitchen table and reads one square at a time. Voila, he’s reading long sentences! ~ Deb Baker

FOR THE CHILD WHO’S GOTTA MOVE

(spelling; middle years)

Say a spelling word, then bounce a ball to your child. Your child then bounces the ball as he says each letter in the world. When done, your child bounces the ball back to you as he says the word. ~ Tammy Cutshaw

3-D CELL

(science; early and middle years)

My older son remembers making a cell as a great learning activity. When he was about eight years old, we studied living things, and he was to use whatever he wanted to create a 3-D representation of a cell. He decided on a zip-close plastic bag filled with a film container nucleus, and cotton balls, glitter, yarn scraps, macaroni, and more representing elements of the cell. It exceeded my expectations, and to this day he remembers a cell’s structure ~ Sarah Rose

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

(science/home economics; preschool and early years)

When I worried that my four-and-a-half-year-old kindergartner and two-and-a-half-year-old tag-along sister weren’t covering any “formal” science, I realized how much they both learn by helping in the garden (by necessity, a very small one along with a few fruit trees). We learn about composting and life cycle of plants. We learn measurement and spacing. If you “dump” too many seeds in too little space, none grow. How many veggies can we squeeze into our small spot? Can we fudge on spacing? We learn about climate and zones. What varieties of seeds work best in our area? What birds and bugs come share our garden? It’s almost endless. ~ Lori Kephart

See also “Review: The Seed Catalog Curriculumfor more homeschooling fun.
All of these free learning activities – and many more – are found in Linda Dobson’s The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child. For more information, just click the link!
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