When we had yet another no school day due to nasty weather, I decided I better come up with some fun activities to keep my kids busy (being cooped up in the house gets old) while learning at the same time. The streets were full of ice and slush so going outside wasn't much of an option. Right after learning about the school closure, I announced that tomorrow we would home school. It was funny to see their faces! Then, they actually got excited about going to "mommy school"! My oldest said that he loved the idea of yummy food at lunch. My youngest thought we may need to make bathroom passes. :0) As I tucked them in that night, both said they couldn't wait until tomorrow...
So after they went to bed, I stayed up to make a packet with a front cover that said "Welcome to Mommy School!" I kept it pretty simple using just blank copy paper and some notebook paper with lines for writing. In case you stumbled upon this blog post needing some ideas for your kids, these are some of the activities I included:
- write about time travel (I used prompting questions such as what country did you travel to? What did I feel like to time travel? How did you make it back?)
- write a poem about winter
- what do you want to be when you grow up. Describe your typical day. (that got interesting)
- write down 5 interesting facts about an insect of your choice (they used non-fiction books we already had on the shelf as a resource - who knew land slugs could be so interesting?)
- draw a self portrait using your favorite art supplies (gave them a mirror to study their faces)
- draw a silly monster (I drew a circle for the face to get them started)
- you are a designer of fabric. Create 4 patterns. (I drew four big squares that they could fill with patterns).
- trivia questions (I found lots of great resources online)
- wrote down a bunch of math problems (addition and subtraction)
- a simple checkbox to check if they did their music practice
- a kids yoga video I still had from when they were itsybitsy. It somehow helped to relax them because they asked for "naptime" afterwards which of course didn't result in sleep but they enjoyed lounging for a bit nonetheless.
- trip to the kitchen to get one of mom's home baked cookies :0)
So, how did it go? Success! They were engaged in the activities, had fun, learned and enjoyed sharing their writing with each other. On day 5 of being stuck at home, it helped to have some structure and we enjoyed a peaceful, positive day. Have you homeschooled your child? Any fun kids activities you can share that we can do on the next no school day?
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