Since the rise of Coronavirus, many families have had to adapt to learning from home. Whether that’s been full time since last March, or your family has had periods of homeschooling and regular learning in school, you may feel like you’re running out of steam and ideas to keep your children interested. Homeschooling is hard, there’s no doubt about it. However, with some creative thinking, your children can still learn while playing and enjoying themselves. If you’re looking for some alternative teaching methods, then check out these lockdown learning activities that the whole family can get involved with!
An essential life skill for anyone is learning how to cook. While your children may not be able to cook a full meal alone, you can teach them essential skills such as:
- Weighing out ingredients
- Reading recipes
- How to hold utensils
- Creating the shopping list and checking the pantry for ingredients
- Budgeting their meals
- Food hygiene e.g. washing their hands and cleaning as they go
Cooking is a skill that they are going to use for the rest of their lives, and the great part about teaching this skill is that you can factor in many other useful skills like counting and money handling.
Making slime is a fairly new trend, but many families are getting involved all over the world to give their children some fun downtime that doesn’t seem like learning. Again, you can get your children involved with weighing out the ingredients to make the perfect slime. It’s also a useful insight to see how different chemicals react when put together. And then, of course, they get the fun of mixing it all together to see their slime forming. It’s always best to make slime in an area that’s easy to clean, with wipeable surfaces and Vinyl Flooring as things can quickly become messy when mixing together slime – especially if the measurements are wrong!
Physical education is extremely important for children as it allows them to burn off built up energy and learn the importance of keeping fit and healthy. Take them on regular walks around town and encourage them to move around more! You could set up a dance party in your living room to burn off some extra energy, and your children will feel like they’re not learning at all! Have some fun and get the whole family moving!
Finally, learning through improvisation is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. You could do this by making up a story together, having your children put on a play for you, or even creating different endings to familiar and loved stories that you’ve enjoyed together as a family. It doesn’t have to be the work of Shakespeare, but it will help keep their minds moving and their creativity levels high. Try and do something creative each day not only for learning, but for everyone’s sanity too!
You know all too well how hard homeschooling can be and with these ideas, you can spruce up an otherwise dull routine of homeschooling!