I can hear the printers around the world chugging out new printables for the coming homeschool year.
I have fielded many phone calls from homeschooling mommas overwhelmed with getting decisions made and subjects planned. Can you relate?
How many questions have you asked or answered about which curriculum do you use or which extra activities are you going to complete?
I want to know who is talking about plans for fun homeschooling. If you are talking about it…what have you found?
Being intentional about fun homeschooling:
Every year there are a few subjects that bring my children dragging their feet to lessons. Ok not a few subjects…every year it is writing and math. My kids just would do anything to avoid them.
My new fun homeschooling ideas for writing:
This year I bought a Leather-Like Expandable Briefcase for my youngest son’s Write Shop lessons. I then purchased shiny new office supplies in preparation for him to edit his work. Since he easily gets overwhelmed I have each lesson in its own folder. Guess who is ready for writing to start? Guess who thinks carrying a briefcase is the coolest thing?
Even if I only get a few weeks of eagerness in being excited to start writing lessons…I will take it. Sometimes it can be little things like briefcases to change perspectives.
Of course my high school son does not want a briefcase…that is okay. I know his love language. Can you say money to buy Timberland Waterproof Boots for your survivalist-hiking trip? Yes, mom! I will not complain about writing this year. I know this works for this son. At the beginning of the summer I bought him a fancy compass and said if you shower everyday I will not ask you to pay me back.
Sometimes the fun homeschooling is not listening to the grumbling of getting the job done.
By the way my schedule for Friday afternoons…says only field trips, play dates or fun things we never have time for. YES! Put fun things on your school schedule….unless it just always happens at your house.
I am the mom whose kids want to put killjoy on her tombstone. I often send text messages to my friends to remind me to play.
I am talking to myself and maybe you too…but do not forget to plan fun…try to look for fun ways to make a dreaded school subject a little more exciting.