Benefits of Cooking With Kids

Cooking with kids is an excellent way to enjoy quality time with your kids. Whether you have younger or older kids, cooking is something that all ages enjoy. This important life skill is something that you’ll eventually need your kids to understand so that they can cook on their own in their adult years.

Today, I’m going to share some of the amazing benefits of cooking with kids to help inspire you to get in the kitchen and start cooking with your kids regularly.

Benefits of Cooking With Kids

Increases Language Development

Cooking with kids offers your kids the chance to read ingredients and labels which means they’ll be working to increase language development. As your kids read the ingredients for the recipe and labels on the ingredients, they’ll learn new words and in turn, have a more enhanced vocabulary.

Boosts Fine Motor Skills

With blending, mixing, stirring, and measuring the ingredients required to use during cooking sessions, your kids are using their fine motor skills. Cooking with kids is a fun way to get your kids using their fine motor skills. Parents who have kids with delayed fine motor skills will often use cooking as a fun way to boost their skills so that their kids don’t get frustrated while practicing fine motor skills activities.

Improves Math Skills

Cooking requires the use of fractions and measurements. This is all part of learning math skills. Kids who struggle with math will often fold joy in cooking recipes as a form of math education. It’s important to utilize your home in creative ways to encourage your kids to develop the necessary skills for success in life, cooking provides a way to get your kids to work on their math skills without stressing.

Quality Time

Cooking with your kids is considered quality family time. During your cooking sessions, you’ll be spending quality time with your kids engaging in conversations and having fun making a mess together. This will help strengthen your parent/child bond. Any chance you get to spend quality time with your kids is another positive for parents of kids of all ages.

These are just some of my favorite benefits of cooking with kids that I wanted to share with you. I hope that this list will inspire you to start making a list of your favorite kid-friendly recipes to make together. As your kids master their cooking skills and become more comfortable in the kitchen, you can easily have your kids start meal planning and prepare a meal or two each week for the family.

Charlotte Mason Quotes + Free Printable

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An Observant Child Charlotte Mason Quote

Charlotte Mason is one of my educational heroes.  I love learning so much as I’m slowly making my way through her volumes.  You can check them out Charlotte Mason’s volumes here on Amazon.  We all need a little motivation from time to time and Charlotte Mason always rejuvenates me.  She was quite an inspiring lady who was far ahead of her time!  I’ve been collecting several great Charlotte Mason quotes from her as I’m going through them and this one especially stuck out to me.  I knew I wanted it to be in my homeschool room so I made this printable.  I’m sharing it here today in case anyone else would like to have this sweet reminder in their home too.  I know the pumpkins are a little out of season (I made this in the fall) but I think I’ll keep mine up year round…till I decide to replace it with my next Charlotte Mason quote.

May we all put our children in the way of things worth observing.

You can click the link below to download this pdf.

An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing.” -Charlotte Mason

Here are some other of my favorite Charlotte Mason Quotes that I’ve come across so far.

 

“Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend…”-Charlotte Mason

That one is convicting, isn’t it?

 

“The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days.” -Charlotte Mason

Also convicting but it simultaneously motivates me to step it up.

 

“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking – the strain would be too great – but, all living; that is to say, we should be in touch wherever we go, whatever we hear, whatever we see, with some manner of vital interest.” -Charlotte Mason

Life should be all living.  I think of this quote just about daily.

 

“Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.” -Charlotte Mason

I do love this one too!

 

“The question is not, — how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education — but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?” -Charlotte Mason

How large is the room?  I love it!!  What a great view of education.

 

“The most common and the monstrous defect in the education of the day is that children fail to acquire the habit of reading.” -Charlotte Mason

Yes!  It’s a great habit that is worth the investment.

Homeschool Physical Education Ideas

There are so many ways to sneak physical education into your homeschool day. Whether you’re looking to get super active or have low impact physical activity, these 5 homeschool physical education ideas will get the kids out and active before you know it. Each of these ideas will help you satisfy the phys. ed. part of your homeschool curriculum.  This post contains affiliate links.

Homeschool Physical Education Ideas

Homeschool Physical Education Ideas

Nature Journal

– Hiking

Get outdoors and go on a hike with your kids for homeschool phys. ed. There are many hiking trails all over the states for your kids to enjoy. There’s a bonus with this physical education option, your kids can do some nature journaling while out on the hiking trails too.  CamelBak Mini Mule Kids Hydration Backpacks are great to keep kids hydrated while on the trail.

– Swimming

If you don’t own a swimming pool, have no worries, you can easily sneak some swimming in for your homeschool physical education by going to the community pool, a local river, or pond. These options for swimming will provide your kids with some fun too.  (Check out our Puddle Jumper review if you have young kids)

– Old School Games

Teach your kids to enjoy some of your old school outdoor games like four square, capture the flag or kick the can. This is a fun way to give your kids some knowledge of how you enjoyed physical education as a child all the while helping them get their homeschool phys. ed. completed.

– Obstacle Course

Have your kids build their own indoor or outdoor obstacle course. This is a great way to promote creative thinking and problem-solving skills all the while giving your kids a way to get their homeschool physical education completed during your homeschooling days.  Our favorite go-to obstacle courses usually include a balance beam, walking down a wedge ramp, crawling through a tunnel, walking across stepping stones, climbing up our Nugget couch tower, and jumping into a pile of bean bags and pillows.

– Workout DVDs

Lastly, if all else fails and it’s too rainy or gloomy to do any of the above homeschool physical education ideas, you can pull out the workout DVDs. Have your kids do a daily workout to get active and in shape during their homeschool day with their favorite workout DVDs.  If you don’t have any DVDs YouTube has a ton of workout ideas for kids.  There’s even adults breaking a sweat dancing to Frozen songs.

Finding unique ways to create and plan your homeschool phys. ed. curriculum is one of the best parts of being a parent who teaches their kids. These ideas will come in handy when you’re at a loss as to what to do for physical education during your homeschool week. There are many ways you can work to develop a homeschool phys. ed. curriculum. This is quite honestly one of the easier parts of homeschooling your kid because we all know how to get up, get active, and have fun!

 

Free Kid Activities for Those Home from the Coronavirus

Free Activities for Kids Coronavirus

I’m seeing questions like “what do I do now?” “how do I keep my kids entertained and learning all day?” all over Facebook groups.  Here’s some advice that I can share from my years of homeschooling…

(If you saw this post on Facebook you can skip a little and scroll down below the next picture)

 

-Breathe.  Enjoy your kids and don’t try to make every activity educational. Nature walks, board games, and other family activities can be enriching on their own.

– Read. My daughter, who helped me make this list said to write LOTS! Poetry, biographies, books of strange animals, and read anything your kids are interested in or you want them to be.

– Play.  Build a fort and play in it with them.  Play make believe.  Play board games.  Play baseball. Hopscotch, bridge building competitions, make something out of a box, paper airplanes, or make a homemade marble run.

– Draw or paint a card for a loved one who is sick or feeling discouraged. Chances are you know someone who could use a little cheering up. Have them write a note in it or copy a poem if they’re younger.

– Be outside. Hang that bird feeder you’ve been meaning to for months (oh that’s probably just me), draw with chalk, build an outdoor fort with sticks and rubber bands, make a small garden, or lay down and watch the clouds in the day and the stars at night.

-Watch YouTube videos together to learn to do something new together.  Learn to draw, paint, crochet, hang photos on a gallery wall, build a bird house, or install a bidet (that’s also what I’ll be doing! Hey, if toilet paper is scarce, why not give it a try? Affiliate link: Get an inexpensive bidet attachment here)

– Guide kids to play with the toys they already have (and play with them sometimes too!). Legos, Kinex, dolls, etc.  Think old Christmas gifts.

– Cook together.

– Last but not least, reach out to your homeschooling mama friends.  They know your kids and could probably recommend some great personal ideas that would be beneficial to your family.

– You know your kids, enjoy this unexpected time to slow down and be with them.  Do the assigned work that they need to but other than that, don’t stress.  No schedule is needed, no rushing, just being.  You’ve got this!! Oh and yea, it’s okay to stay in pjs longer than usual. 🙂

Free Kids Activities

Here’s my list of ideas that you can do to have fun with your kids while they’re out of school.  Some affiliate links are included.

      1. Plan a treasure hunt (The good old fashioned way is fun but if you happen to have The Family Treasure Hunt Game it’s even easier!)
      2. Practice story telling
      3. Give your kids are supplies and let them go
      4. Plan a meal together
      5. Play Doh
      6. Jigsaw puzzles
      7. Origami
      8. My son wanted me to add “have a conversation.” I love that he values the times where we talk about important things.
      9. Make a craft. Pinterest is your friend.  Check out my Crafts for Kids Pinterst Board.
      10. Hide Easter eggs.  So what if it’s a little early, they’ll be well practiced when Easter comes. 🙂 Color Changing Flower Experiment
      11. Do fun science experiments that you loved as a child. Erupting volcano, disappearing egg shell, color changing flower experiment, etc.
      12. Build a bridge or building (or a city!) with toothpicks and marshmallows.
      13. Find unfinished books of sudoku, word search or crosswords to work on.
      14. Tea parties are a favorite around here.  Add candles, a little poetry or any reading, something warm to drink and something to munch on.  Very relaxing.
      15. Make up your own games together. Board games are super fun and challenging to create.
      16. Make up your own floor games with painters tape.  Hopscotch is only the beginning of the possibilities.  Kids are so creative that I’m sure they’ll have more ideas for this that we will.  If they don’t, building a lot of roads is always a sure fire way to have fun with cars.
      17. Watch virtual tours of museums online.  How cool is that?! You can find all twelve of them by clicking here. Daily Writing Prompts
      18. Write a story together. The Brave Writer (Which I LOVE!) is graciously giving away her Daily Writing Tips (100 prompts) for FREE through the end of April. You can find those by clicking here.
      19. Illustrate the story you wrote together.
      20. The Seattle Symphony will offer “free video broadcasts and livestreams to share strength, comfort and unity with our community in Seattle and around the world during this uncertain time.” You can find that on their Seattle Symphony YouTube channel here.
      21. Go on a nature walk and bring items home.
      22. Create an obstacle course.
      23. Listen to audiobooks together.  Here are some of our favorite family friendly audiobooks.
      24. Make homemade salt dough.
      25. Create a family summer bucket list.
      26. Hoopla/Overdrive/Libby These apps connect to your local library account and depending on where you live offer free ebooks and/or audiobooks.  Free books!
      27. Play dominoes (we love the mexican train game) or set up and knock down dominoes.
      28. HowToHomeSchoolForFree.com has a huge list of free resources to make our own lapbooks. Click here to access those.
      29. Beginning on March 16th, the Metropolitan Opera offers free streaming of it’s Live in HD series for the duration that it’s closed.  The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide, will begin at 7:30 PM on the company’s website.  The nightly series will be made available for free for 20 hours following the initial stream.  You can find out more information here. Mixing Pink and Purple Slime
      30. Make slime. Relax, vinegar will take it out of almost anything…everything we’ve tried it has. Check out our tried and true recipes: blue ocean slime, cotton candy pink slime, & silver and gold foil slime.
      31. Go and enjoy the ice cream truck when it comes around. (Why yes, it did just come by our neighborhood)
      32. Curriculum Associates has free worksheets for students to work.  You can narrow their vast selection down by grade and subject.  I’m not big on worksheets but they’re handy on occasion. You can find that link here.
      33. Print photos and make a scrapbook or photo album. (Another thing I’ve put off for far too long.)
      34. Play outdoor games together. Bocce ball, badminton, etc.
      35. Toss the frisbee.
      36. Fly a kite…or make a kite and then fly it!
      37. Exercise together.  Maybe try a new form of exercising and watch a YouTube tutorial for it.
      38. Make your own candles if you have the supplies or if you have a candle, a napkin, and a Cricut Mini Easy Press you can make this decorated candle. I still haven’t made a full tutorial of this craft.  That was actually on my to-do list today but I thought this post would be more beneficial to everyone. Tanagrams
      39. Play with tanagrams.
      40. Plan your next vacation.
      41. Depending on your kid’s ages and how sensitive they are, you could research the coronavirus.
      42. AmblesideOnline is a free curriculum using the Charlotte Mason philosophy. I absolutely adore them and use a lot of their suggestions each year. They put together a new great resource for parents who have suddenly found themselves doing school at home.  They have so many freebies and great stuff packed into this page that I think everyone should check it out.  I don’t want to copy anything from them so head over there and see it all.  ****If you click one link on this page, let this be it.****  Go here.
      43. If they can already write well, see if they can write with their non-dominant hand.  Or backwards, or upside, or backwards and upside down.  My amazing husband can do this and it blows my mind.
      44. Watch and listen for birds and see if you can identify any. iNaturalist app
      45. Use the iNaturalist app to identify any mushrooms, plants, or animals you may see while exploring outside but don’t know anything about. (Here’s the link to it for Apple devices and Google devices.
      46. Measure things with a ruler, or tape measure.  (Maybe if you’ve been wanting to repaint a room measure and figure to see how much paint you’ll need)
      47. Kahn Academy offers many free classes online that you could take advantage of.
      48. Tapestry of Grace is a curriculum you can use from Kindergarten through Grade 12.  I’ve heard that it’s great for kids of multiple ages to study together too.  They offer 2  free 3 week samples on their website—one covering Ancient Egypt and the other covering Colonial America.
      49. Teach your kids about money, using a budget, the economy.  There is so much I wish I learned at a young age and this is a great chance to instill good ideals about money.
      50. Readtheory.org is a free program that tests your child’s current reading level and then generates short passages with quizzes.  It will track their progress, and they can even earn badges. This is great for elementary school all the way through grade 12.
      51. Make a family Book of Centuries.  I’ve wanted to make one of these for years but my profectionist side held me back until this year.  It’s such a great way for kids (my myself!!) to make connections across time periods.  Simply Charlotte Mason has amazing resources for the Charlotte Mason mama and I adore all that I’ve used from them…and I hope to use more this coming year!  They thoroughly explain what a book of centuries is, how to use it, and have a free printable to get you started.
      52. Make a rain stick or sensory bottle.
      53. Work together to complete a household task you’ve been putting off.  I don’t know about you but this could keep my family busy for months. Nature Journal
      54. Give nature journaling a try.  This is a picture of my daughter’s entry this week.
      55. Scholastic is developing fabulous videos and worksheets for Pre-K-6th+.  From what I’ve glanced at it looks very nice and free.  So far they only have 5 days worth of content but are working on 15 more days worth of content.  You can check those out here.
      56. The San Diego Zoo has a well organized kid’s section with well produced animal videos, animal crafts and coloring sheets. You can see more for yourself here.
      57. You can explore Yellowstone National Park online by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park.  I’m personally very excited about this one!  I’ve always wanted to visit there and this will help me feel like I’m there.   You can check it out here.
      58. You can explore the surface of Mars with the Curiosity Rover.  They’re updating it now but you can still view the 360 mode and it is incredible!  I can’t wait to show it to my kids tomorrow!  You can see it for yourself here.
      59. Khan Academy Kids is a free app designed for kids up through the 1st grade.  It has engaging songs, lessons, and stories to read!
      60. If you have a clear night sky you’ll want to play with the free app, Night Sky.  It lets you point your phone any direction toward the sky and helps you be able to recognize the constellations in that are visible in that part of the sky.  You can pull stars and planets out of the sky to explore in more detail too!
      61. I just learned about this YouTube channel but from the couple of videos I watched, it looks like a good one. The Artful Parent creates simple but intriguing art projects for kids.  These might be a little more involved than you’re prepared for so screen the videos before watching them with your kids.  You can see their channel here.
      62. If you want to infuse your house with some fun kid’s music that doesn’t drive you bonkers….I have the miracle solution for you!  Justin Robert’s & the Not Ready for Naptime Players are fantastic. I own all of their cds and have given away probably 20 of his cds as gifts through the years.  The music is catchy and the lyrics are insightful, witty, and will make you look back at your own childhood fondly.  I can’t recommend him enough.  You can check them out here on YouTube or buy their cds on Amazon…oh and not all but several of his songs are on Amazon’s Alexa.
      63. Babble Dabble Do is a Youtube channel with a bunch of art, science and upcycling projects.  I think my kids will love their battery powered ballerina.  All the videos I’ve seem are well done and the channel provides links to further instructions and a few printables.

 

I’ll keep adding to this list and I would love to hear your recommendations.  If you’ve found this post helpful please pin it or share it so others may enjoy it too.  Thank you!

Free Kid Activities Coronavirus

 

How to Create a Car Travel Journal With Your Kids

Many parents enjoy traveling with their kids to make memories (road trips can be amazing!! Check out our list of Great American Road Trips), but what are you doing to capture those moments? I think that we often feel our kids will hang onto these memories that we’re making as we travel around with them to see new places, but the reality is sometimes you need a journal to truly capture those traveling moments as a family. If you’re looking for a new journaling idea for homeschool or perhaps you simply want to create an awesome travel journal with your kids, then here are some tips to help you make this happen!  This post is brought to you by Pearsontoyotascion.com.

How to Create a Travel Journal With Your Kids

How to Create a Travel Journal With Your Kids

– Let Your Kids Make A Journal

While you can purchase a travel journal for kids online, it’s always more memorable to have your kids make their own journal. Gather up the three-ring binder and lined notebook paper. Put together a binder of journaling printables with lined notepad paper to provide many options for travel journaling.

– Bring The Tools

Using a small flexible pencil case bring along scissors, markers, crayons, pencils and any other journaling tools that your kids may need to document their memories in this travel journey during your family road trips.  You could store this in the glove compartment or have a special bin in the car that holds all of their supplies.

– Lead by Example

Keep a car travel journal of your own.  We love to document how many cars from different states we see on trips, how traffic was, and all the fun or extraordinary events that take place.

– Encourage Writing

While most adults enjoy reflecting about their day at the end of the night, many kids aren’t quite in that mindset. Encourage your kids to write in their journal during the day when their memories are close to their heart, so that they can truly journal the most from their traveling day.

– Don’t Micro-Manage

While you may want to micro-manage the process of journaling, this is not the time nor place to do so. Allowing your kids to journal during your travel adventures is a great way to let your kids show you their best grammar and vocabulary knowledge, but you can review that later on after your vacation.  It’s so hard to not do this, it’s a struggle with every. single. journal entry but it has to be done.  They need the freedom to express themselves without worrying about spelling every last word correctly…besides, it would be pretty annoying for you to spell every other word to them. 🙂

– Offer Prompts

Some kids aren’t equipped with the skills to come up with creative things to journal about during your time traveling, so consider giving your kids prompts each day during your time on the road. Don’t force your kids to use the prompts, simply have them written down each day to help them think deeper.

Having your kids create a travel journal will be a wonderful way to help them improve their grammar, vocabulary and handwriting skills all the while capturing their favorite family moments of your family travel events.

Top 5 Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Are you planning a holiday road trip with your family? Going on a road trip during the holiday season will honestly bring more precautions to take and things to think about. The holiday season is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year and that’s why I wanted to feature a few of the top survival tips for holiday road trips today. I want your family to enjoy your next road trip during the holiday season and stay safe at the same time.  This post is brought to you by ZeiglerChryslerDodge.com.

Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Top 5 Survival Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Get a First Aid and Emergency Kit

Step one to surviving holiday road trips is to have a first aid kit and car emergency kit on hand. You can easily purchase these two items online and have them delivered or go to your local retailer that sells items like this. You’ll want to have band-aids, ointment, and hand warmers as well as road flares and flashlights with batters to say safe during your holiday road trip.

Bring Entertainment

Remember to pack up enough entertainment options for those kids! Having kids in tow during your holiday road trip can get rather distracting if you don’t bring enough items to keep your kids entertained. I highly recommend you print coloring pages, bring crayons, download songs and movies along with a tablet or smartphone that the kids can use during your holiday road trip. You could even bring some lessons for homeschooling your kids on the road.

Plan Your Route

Listen, it may sound fun to be spontaneous during your holiday road trip with kids, but let’s face it, traveling with kids can get a little overwhelming. That’s why I highly recommend you plan your route well in advance. This ensures you have time for rest stops to use the restrooms and stretch breaks along your route during holiday road trip travel with kids. Don’t forget about some must-see locations that your kids are interested in, let them pick a couple of spots on the route.

Pack Snacks

Kids can get really cranky when they haven’t eaten enough food. That’s why it’s a must to pack some snacks and drinks for the entire family. This will help you and the kids survive a long holiday road trip together without having to deal with the grumpy moods that can come when you’re hungry. Snacks will also help the younger kids take a nap, as they will feel sleepy when their bellies are full. Be sure to pack healthier snack options, not sugar treats, or you may have some restless kids in the backseat.

Be Prepared to Sit in Traffic

Lastly, remember that this is a busy travel season for families. That means you’re apt to end up in long lines of traffic on the more popular routes. Try to plan your route around any major travel portions of the road so that you won’t have to sit in traffic as often, but always prepare to sit in traffic. Talk to your kids before you venture out on a long holiday road trip so that they know there may be some downtime during heavy traffic moments.

These are just my top 5 survival tips for holiday road trips with kids. Each of these survival tips will help you enjoy a long road trip with kids during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

With the holiday season approaching many parents are wondering how to keep kids busy in the backseat. This is such a challenging concept for parents with kids of all ages. While you’d think preteens and teens can self-entertain, just take them on a long road trip to visit family and see how well that truly entertain themselves. Since kids of all ages may need some entertainment options during a long holiday travel road trip, I wanted to share some of the best ways you can keep these kids busy in the backseat.  This post is brought to you by Easterns.com.

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Backseat

Printable Games

There are so many printable games that kids of all ages can enjoy in the backseat. Car bingo and i-Spy come to mind as two childhood favorites that kids can enjoy playing while they’re patiently waiting to arrive at your next family holiday gathering.

Portable DVD Player

Whether you love or hate electronics, the sad reality is that our kids are growing up with technology all around them. A two-hour movie or two will keep your kids busy in the backseat. Have the kids take a vote before leaving what DVDs will be played in the backseat to avoid sibling rivalry on the road.

MP3 Player

Grab an MP3 player or a smartphone with a music app downloaded for use in the car. Have your kids create their own holiday travel playlist that they can listen to during the long haul to visit family. If you don’t have a device for each kid, consider playing each list over the car radio during your travels.

Paper and Drawing Utensils

Get a little holiday travel tote bag that’s full of drawing utensils like crayons, markers, and pencils as well as pads of paper. This will give your kids plenty of supplies to draw on and enjoy playing games like Hangman or Tic Tac Toe together in the backseat during long road trips.

Bring Audiobooks

Take this time to give your kids a little homeschooling on the road. Download audiobooks that will help your kids learn about your current topics you’ve been studying. This allows you to do some homeschooling on the road during the heavy holiday travel season.  Check out our Family Audiobooks.

There you have it, my top 5 ways to keep kids busy in the backseat. As you can see my ideas will work for most any age group and will help your kids remain calm so that you can arrive at your destination in one piece.

4 Tips for Parents New to Homeschooling

Starting your child in a homeschooling program can seem complicated. In the past, parents and guardians were largely on their own when it came to educating their children. This was both the greatest benefit of homeschooling and the most difficult aspect.

Nowadays, vast resources and online curriculum courses are available to parents who are interested in starting their children in an online homeschooling program. Below are four tips to keep in mind that will help you get started on the right path to finding the correct program and curriculum that meets the needs of your child.

1. Get In Touch

While some homeschooling parents prefer to stay completely independent, most first-timers homeschoolers appreciate having a network of support, whether in-person or online. If you don’t know many people already involved in homeschooling, get in contact with the Homeschool Association in your state. Furthermore, you can search on Facebook to find local, national, and global groups dedicated to helping homeschool parents.

You don’t have to be a vocal member of these communities to gain benefits. At first, it’s best to read the forums and discussion threads to learn the main topics and issues among your peers. Once you’re comfortable with the lingo, you can start asking questions and utilizing available resources, which are often free. In time, you’ll become a valued and experienced member of the community, regardless of how active you are.

2. Check Local Laws

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. It’s a trusted method of instruction in homes across the US and abroad. You have the right to educate your child in the best way you see fit.

Some states offer a great deal of freedom for homeschoolers, requiring no notification or evaluation before beginning. Others require some form of notice, while a handful require certifications and required testing.

The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a map of each state’s regulation status and explains the requirements throughout the nation. While it may be frustrating to comply with these rules, doing so will ensure your child maintains a successful educational path well into the future.

Homeschool Play

3. Learn How Your Child Learns

Everyone learns differently. You may have heard that there are 3 different types of learners: audio, visual, and kinesthetic. Some researchers say there are seven learning styles, while still others insist there are endless different types of learners!

Instead of putting your child into a simple category, spend some time discussing their preferences and evaluating how they best understand learning material. Do they prefer to read and study on their own in silence? Do they like having visual stimuli like videos and interactive media? Do they learn best completely on their own, or are they more suited to studying alongside a sibling or friend? There are a ton of resources and learning tools available online for almost any learning style, though for some things, like learning to write, you will want 1st grade workbooks that your child can actually write in.

A child’s learning style evolves over time, and understanding their needs is an ongoing process. Part of the joy of homeschooling is watching your child grow as a student. Do your best and be open to changing your plans as you go along.

4. Start Deschooling

To deschool means, essentially, to unlearn the habits of public schooling. In traditional schools, we’re taught to raise our hands to go to the bathroom, sit quietly for hours on end, take required classes and courses we have no interest in…. It’s quite a world apart compared to homeschool!

If you went to public school as a child, these habits are probably ingrained in your memory. Deschooling is doubly important if your child has been a part of the school system recently. Make it clear to your new student that the expectations of public school don’t entirely apply in the home. You’ll set the standards and pace alongside your child.

With clear expectations, strong goals, and an open mindedness toward education, you and your child can thrive in a homeschool environment.

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Traveling Families

Being able to homeschool is truly a blessing because your kids can experience more of the world and learn on your terms. With that being said, there are some tips that homeschooling families should learn as a means to make homeschooling in the car a valuable experience. If you’re a traveling family or just find that you’ve been so busy that you’ll have to homeschool on the road during a family vacation, then you’ll enjoy these tips for homeschooling on the road.  This post is brought to you by WinnerFordofDover.com.

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Travel Families

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Travel Families

Get Prepared

Look over the lessons that you’ll be teaching your kids while homeschooling on the road. Make sure you opt to choose from lessons that won’t need a lot of supplies. Opting to prepare for your homeschooling on the road sessions will mean that you’ll get the supplies ready, choose lessons that make more sense for homeschooling in the car, and work to allow all kids to learn something similar at the same time.

Plan for Stops

If you’re going to be traveling in the car for long distances, make sure you plan for a stop along the route. This will allow your kids to get some reading and other lessons completed outside of the car. You may want to pick some historical landmarks to stop to work on a homeschool history lesson with your kids while homeschooling on the road.

Review Lessons

While it’s best to choose the harder lessons for at home homeschooling sessions, you may need to teach some of the harder homeschool lessons on the road. It’s best to prepare with a tri-fold poster board to help keep kids focused while trying to get some of the harder lessons done. You may also opt to find a location with no distractions to get out, stretch and learn on the road when you have a difficult lesson to teach the kids while traveling in a car.

Make a Checklist

Last, but not least, make a checklist of supplies that you’ll need to make the most of your homeschool lessons on the road. This means getting pencils sharpened, bringing a pencil sharpener, plenty of paper, journals, and books as well as any other supplies that you’ll need for each lesson in your curriculum while homeschooling on the road.

If you take the time to review what lessons you’ll be working on during your homeschooling in the car adventures, you’ll find that the kids learn better and focus easier. This is one of the benefits of being a homeschool family, you can educate your kids pretty much anywhere. There’s always a way to educate your kids in history, math, science and social studies when you’re a traveling family who’s well-prepared for homeschool lessons in the car.

More Ideas for Homeschooling in the Car

Homeschooling in the car is my way of describing taking the free time we have in the car and sometimes using it for educational purposes.  I’m not advocating for families to bring their workbooks along with them everywhere and wear their children out on school work.  Learning should be fun and a normal part of life.

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I hope this continued list of homeschooling in the car will help you enjoy your kids and make the most of your time in the car.  See our first post on Car Homeschooling here.

  • – Complete the story

This is one of my favorite games to play but is one of the hardest for me to play when driving so I usually have to sit out but I love hearing the stories my kids create.  One person begins to tell a story about anything at all.  After a few sentences they say, “and then…” Then the next person jumps in and adds a few more sentences to the story.  “and then…”   “and then…”  You get the picture.  The story can end anytime you want or after a set number of rounds.  Ours usually ends in full on belly laughs.  I love it!  It’s silly but works their creative juices, listening skills, comprehension, and vocabulary.

  • – License plate addition

One day my husband revealed that he has always had the quirk of adding license plate numbers in his head and I thought that was a great idea!  I held onto the idea until my kids were more fluent with their math skills but this is a great one.

  • – License plate rounding

After my husband shared the above game with us I transitioned it to a game that worked better for our kids at that time.  We decided to round the license plate number to the nearest ten, or hundred, you get the idea.  This was a fun game because it required them to think quickly.  When we first started we had the kids read the number out loud so we could help them with it in case the car drove away quickly.

  • – Geography game

Everyone names a location that begins with a letter of the alphabet beginning with A and going through to Z, while repeating the ones that were listed before. Alps, Belgium, China, Denmark…

  • – Jokes and Riddles

My kids are going through a stage where jokes and riddles are the bees knees.  They love them and always have a new joke to tell anyone they meet.  One of the favorites lately is, “What did the cat get when he crossed the desert on Christmas Day?”  The answer is….”sandy claws.”  Thinking through jokes and finding the humor in twisting the English language can be a challenging and rewarding experience.  I think that the rather dull opportunity that car trips provide is a great atmosphere for telling good old fashioned jokes.

I’ll be brainstorming more ideas for homeschooling with in the car and I hope you’ll share any and all ideas you have with me in the comments below.