We just had a wonderful visit with some of our out-of-state cousins. We don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, so we wanted to do a lot of fun things together. The best part was they also homeschool, so we didn’t have to take off too much time from lessons. We could have approached this a couple of ways:
- They could have brought all their books and we could have done lessons beside each other.
- Or, we could put ‘normal’ lessons aside and have some fun group learning!
Guess what we did…. Yup, we opted for fun! And it was worth it!
Do you have some fellow homeschoolers who might be coming for a visit? Here are some great ideas to take advantage of this great learning opportunity:
Mini Unit Studies
Take this time to do that interest-based unit study your student has been asking about. ZooKid has been asking to learn more about dinosaurs. So, although we have been reading dinosaur books and doing the occasional activity, we haven’t had time to set aside to really dig in. When homeschooling cousins were here, we were able to really get into and discuss time lines and fossilization.
We watched a few videos from SchoolhouseTeachers.com’s course on Dinosaurs and the Bible, read the Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs, studied prehistoric timelines, and had some group discovery time looking through dinosaur encyclopedias.
Take this time to get those creative juices flowing.
We played with multiple building mediums, including Legos, connecting straws, tinker toys, zoobs, K’nex, Play Doh, and silly putty. Sometimes we had guidelines and objectives, and other times, the kids could build whatever they wanted. Sometimes each one built their own creation, and sometimes they worked together to create a joint masterpiece.
Creative Writing and Story-Telling
Work on those expressive verbal skills!
We did a short review of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Then, the boys needed to write 6 sentences, each one containing those 3 parts of speech. The fun thing was once each boy wrote 3 sentences, they could copy the other’s sentences. Work is easier and more fun together! After that, we got out the story cubes, and the boys took turns weaving tales of excitement and adventure!
Cultivate that inner artist!
We painted, drew with chalk, and played with Play Doh and silly putty.
Home Economics: Baking
Have fun teaching life skills!
We had a blast making dinosaur cookies: measuring and rolling the dough, cutting out the cookies, and, of course, eating our creations!
So, whether your homeschooler guests are here for a week or just a day or two, take advantage of this time to do some group teaching. It’s a great way to expand their learning and make memories! What do you do when homeschoolers come a’calling?
Till Next Time,