Homeschool. Parents teaching their children at home. Parents and children staying at home all day long and doing school. That is a lot of time spent at home and, sometimes, staying in the same place all day long like that gets boring. That is not what homeschooling should become. When it does get boring, move your learning somewhere other than home and make homeschooling engaging and interesting again.
Just because the word “home” is in homeschooling does not mean the teaching and learning can only be done within that space. Spending 24 hours a day, repeatedly, in the same place is bound to diminish motivation to learn and tap out the flow of creative juices in your children. A simple change in the environment can spark life and excitement into the learning experience. It can even cause your child to become excited about subjects they usually do not like to do.
Head to the Local Library
Libraries are typically quiet places, so you will be able to get some work done.
For Your Littles
Choose a day when there is a planned activity at the library. In between your studies, take a break and participate in the scheduled library programs for children. Before you leave for the day, peruse the book shelves and choose some books to take home for reading fun and education.
For Older Children
If you have an older child, they may enjoy going on campus at one of the local colleges or universities and completing their work. Most campus libraries are open for non-students to use the facilities if they follow the rules. Being around older and more disciplined students who are also studying will be a great motivator for your child to complete their work. It will also give them a glimpse into college life. One of those libraries could eventually become regular stomping grounds if they later attend that school.
Grab a Drink or a Bite to Eat
There is Wi-Fi just about everywhere you go. Internet access at coffee shops and restaurants (fast and casual dining) keep you connected. The need for Internet access no longer prevents you from leaving home. You can get it just about anywhere. Figure math problems while drinking an espresso or enjoy a special meal at your favorite restaurant while comparing and contrasting literary characters.
Take a Field Trip
Yes, going on a field trip can be counted as a day of school! Spending a day at the zoo with the animals or studying a special exhibit at the museum or even sitting in the audience for a Broadway production can be time counted towards school. Most field trips cover one or more subject areas of study. Getting out of the house for one day or longer can lead to fun experiences and enhanced learning opportunities that may not happen at home.
Host a Study Date
You invite friends over for play, so you can do the same thing with school. Invite your friends over to do school or you go to their house. It does not matter if your child is studying different subjects or is in a different grade than their friend. The experience will be like going to study hall where everyone is together in the same room, while doing their own schoolwork. A day of school spent with friends may result in a productive school day for all.
Take a Walk (or Bike Ride) Around the Block
Homeschoolers can never get too much exercise. Adding a walk or bike ride to the schedule may be just what is needed to make the school day more exciting. Starting the school day with a walk or ride is a great way to jumpstart the day. It can also be a wonderful motivator and anticipated event of the day for your child who is bored with school.
Some days (and some subjects) are going to be boring. It does not matter if your child homeschools or attends school outside of the home. One benefit of homeschooling is you have the option to change your school at any time to turn boring days into ones that are engaging and interesting.
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