Friday, January 10, 2014

Eight Ways to Extend a School Break and Keep It Educational ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy 2014!!!

Eeek! 2014? How did we get this far so quickly?

“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” ~ Psalm 90:12


In our homeschool this week…

It’s not exactly the winter blahs, since this is our family’s favorite time of year.

It’s not exactly a lack of enthusiasm for education, since we are blessed to be a family that loves learning.

It’s not exactly cabin fever, since the world is getting so kooky that we’ve realized it’s best to stay home a lot of the time.

But we’re just not ready to go back to the routine and the demands of a school schedule. We want to be free to play outside in the snow or bake a batch of cookies or read all day long.

But this mama says our days still need to involve learning. So…


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

These eight activities have kept our days full of the wonder of learning.

A museum visit. We visited our local children’s museum, where they still had their Christmas activities in full swing.

Educational DVDs. We like most nature videos as well as the Moody Science videos. We’ve also renewed our interest in learning sign language through the Signing Time videos.

Lots of free reading. Even fiction is educational, not just as their little brain sponges soak in not only the theme and factual details but also sentence structure and grammar.

Cool {and weird} toys. “Nobody move! I dropped me brain!” J


Kitchen help. Reading recipes, adding fractions (for a double batch), temperature, the study of soap bubbles. J

Writing letters to pen pals or thank-you’s to grandparents. Be sure to check spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. And what better way to sneak in some penmanship practice?

Games. Yes! And when your husband uses the word renal in Scrabble, have the children look it up in the dictionary. Not that that has any bearing to real life…. J


Word activity worksheets. The Homeschool Classroom {seriously LOVE that site!} provided a free download of a winter-themed word search. 



 On the blog this week…




I’m reading…

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson. It’s a little odd for me to have a bookmark in two books at once, but so far so good. J

Have a wonderful weekend!







How was your week? What do you do to keep a school break educational?






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15 comments:

  1. The movie Gifted Hands is very good.

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. I've heard that, Charlotte, and I'm anxious to see it.

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  2. I love these ideas. Scrabble is one of my favorite games and I have always wanted to read the Ben Carson book. May get that one from the library next. I watched a movie about him on TV - quite an impressive man. Have a good day and stay warm.

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    1. Now that the children are older, Deb, we're playing Scrabble more. Love it!

      Like Charlotte said, the movie "Gifted Hands" is supposed to be excellent, but I saw the book on my mom's side table when we were there last and she let me borrow it. It is captivating and quite inspiring.

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  3. "It’s not exactly cabin fever, since the world is getting so kooky that we’ve realized it’s best to stay home a lot of the time."

    I smiled when I read your comment above. If we're ever out past dark which isn't very often, my son will say, "Let's get home. There are enough weirdos out during the day, I can't imagine how many more are out at night!" Yes, I need to work on his tact when delivering such a statement, but he is accurate in his analysis in my opinion. :)


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    1. Love it, Michelle! Thanks for sharing his insight. :-)

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  4. Great ideas! Your Children's Museum looks like so much fun!

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    1. We don't get to go often, Tiff, so the anticipation builds much excitement. It is a wonderful museum. :-)

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  5. This is how our past couple weeks have been too!

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    1. Relaxing, but still edifying. Love it! :-)

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  6. When I saw your Scrabble game, I immediately thought of a game we play with Scrabble letters that is a tad more fast-paced and really cool for the older kids and parents. We call it "Take One". I would be curious to know if you have played that way before?

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    1. I have never played Take One before, but I just googled it and found a bunch of variants on Scrabble using the same tiles. One was Take Two, which I assume is the same as Take One except you take two tiles instead of one. It looks fun, and I love that you don't have to buy the separate game, Bananagrams. Thank you for the suggestion, Leah! My children will love it! :-)

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  7. Great ideas for educational fun during a break from more formal schooling. I loved the pictures from your visit to the childrens museum. Thank you for the reminder about Gifted Hands - it's a book I've wanted to read for some time, but it slipped off my list somehow.

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    1. I'm almost halfway through Gifted Hands. It is excellent and well worth the time. Thanks, Kym! :-)

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  8. Great ideas for homeschoolers...mine go to public school and I was happy to put them on the bus on January 6th. :)

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