I don’t know about where you’re at, but here it took forever for spring to come! And I decided at the last minute that we are going on a full break from school as long as it stays so perfect and beautiful – warm enough to feel the sun but cool enough to be comfortable!
We school pretty much year round. Even when we are on “break” we have a morning routine that takes about an hour and a half that we stick to. That way we never get rusty on the important stuff like math, foreign languages, music, reading, and writing.
However, right now it is just too nice out to even do that. We don’t have a fenced-in-yard, so most of the year my kids get less than optimal outdoor time. I just can’t justify not making the most of this weather while it lasts! When it gets hot and uncomfortable, we’ll finish our book work for the year. In the meantime though, we are getting plenty of learning in without the kids even realizing that’s what we’re doing!
In today’s video, I share with you four categories of learning that can happen even when you are on a full break from school! These four categories can apply to everyone, but I talk about them from the perspective of a homeschooler, because that’s my experience.
Keep in mind that the things I list in this video are just the things that we are doing. There are so many more options out there, and I would love to hear your ideas in the comments!
Also, I apologize for the noise from the dryer in the background. This is real life and I will always be real with you! Yesterday was a laundry day, and I am not trying to hide that just to make my video look and sound perfect 😉
Below I have a breakdown of my four points for anyone who can’t or doesn’t want to watch the video. I added a few more things in the notes below that I forgot about when I made the video.
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Four Ways To Keep Learning During Spring Break!
(This is just my list – yours will look different!)
- Outdoor learning
- Bird watching and identification
- Insect collecting and identification
- Watching caterpillars turn into butterflies
- Tree and plant identification
- Stargazing – identifying stars and constellations
- “Socialization” and community building with neighborhood kids
- SO MUCH more physical and mental stimulation that happens playing outside all day than would happen if they were sitting in a classroom.
- Volunteering and Community Service
- Helping at a soup kitchen or rescue mission
- Crocheting hats for babies in the hospital
- Making care packages for the homeless and handing them out when you see people standing on corners
- Baking (or if you can’t bake, buying) bread or cookies and delivering them around your neighborhood
- Making cards and handing them out to random people. My daughter LOVES doing this – she makes little cards with smiley faces, pictures or kind sayings on them. I carry them in my purse and she hands them out to people we meet.
- Life Skills
- Cooking and baking healthy meals – SO SO important in this world of junk food
- How to handle money
- Helping out with younger siblings
- Learning how to care for possessions and each other in a respectful way
- “Fun” Activities (Things for kids to occupy themselves with when you’re busy)
- Craft box – full of odds and ends that they can use at the table while I’m busy. Ideas: clothes pins, popsicle sticks, googly eyes, buttons, cloth or paper scraps, glue sticks, tape, scissors, ribbon
- Art supplies – it’s easy to find cheap and fun supplies at the dollar store or walmart that will occupy kids for hours. Ideas: watercolor paints, glitter pens, gell pens, markers, dry erase boards and markers, chalk, construction paper. I buy each of my kids a sketch pad and let them fill it up – that way I have all their art work in one place that’s easy to save
- Card or board games – there are so many educational games, and even learning to cooperate and play together without mom is educational
- Reading! Need I say more?
- Foreign languages – there are so many apps and free websites out there now. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Salsa Spanish
- Google translate
- Hebrewpod101.com (for learning Hebrew)
- Many movies and shows have Spanish options. We often watch movies in Spanish with English subtitles or vice versa
- Nature and science documentaries – SO many options in this category!