Nothing makes the day go better than taking time to read aloud together. We usually have one selection going for the whole family. I read to subsets of the kids as well either in pairs/groups or individually- for school and for fun. This is a great way to start the homeschool day and it’s a guarantee when trying to get things back on track for the day or to soothe the crazies. Reading to your kids or having them read to you is always, always time well spent.
Our kids always have something going on. We usually have project time/time for pursuing passions in the afternoons, but I do break from that if a child is deep into a project and making progress. I love to capture that time in my project journal/plan book and to conference with the kids on what they are doing and what their next steps are.
We love to play games together. This is another great relationship builder for kids. The game is not as important as spending time together and whatever game you choose, you are sure to need various skill sets to get to the end of the game.
We love to take some time outdoors to breathe in the fresh air and to make observations. You can base a lot of inquiry off of the things you observe. Since catching our snake last week, R12 has done a lot of research on how to take care of it. There are so many possibilities including art, science, etc.
I love to see how each child will make something different from the same assignment with the same instruction. It can be quite a task to get everyone to buy into art time at the same time, but once it’s up and going it’s delightful. I always have a place in mind to share finished products even if means rotating them.
This is a fabulous time around the dinner table when we share our events and discoveries with Dan. I love to hear what the kids say about their school day. Dan is a good listener and he is very quick to give his perspective and add new things to the conversation or to give the kids new challenges.
This is when I meet with my kids individually and go over their latest point in the writing process. I love to coach my kids’ writing and watch the piece come clearly into focus from many ideas. This is one of those things that requires a little time, but it’s worth it to see their ideas come together using common grammatical conventions.
This includes any activities where students share ideas. I see this all the time at our homeschool co-op along with forums designed specifically for curriculum my kids are using. I enjoy seeing my kids collaborate with friends and mentors (outside of me) to solve problems, gather input, and share accomplishments. For One Year Adventure Novel this year, E14 has been collaborating with other students getting feedback on his characters and he was able to submit half of his novel for another mentor student to read after winning a poetry contest on the forum. They collaborate with each other as well- one day last week R12 was recording J7 doing a tutorial on paper boxes. I love to watch them put ideas together to work on something for one child’s school work. It brings out some of our kids’ best qualities. Or the worst! But they work through it.
I love to see my kids sprawled throughout the house engaged in some school activity. They might be looking up a country in an atlas on the floor or standing up at a map. One might be in a comfortable chair using the laptop for an essay assignment. Another might sit at the computer working on programming or a project. It’s so encouraging to see everyone engaged in something.
It’s a great homeschool day when kids make a discovery. Even if they don’t discover it for themselves, it’s nice to see what others have discovered and sometimes it inspires other ideas for the kids to try.
Any one of these things will make a great day of homeschooling. Many times more than one takes place in a day. But, they all don’t have to happen on the same day for it to be a great homeschool day. What sorts of things make your homeschool day?
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