I love inspiring my kids with messy art projects and crafty activities. We recently tried out some eco-friendly finger paint, play dough and natural coloring pigments that are made with ingredients derived from the earth.
Our family road trip took us to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where we saw exhibits about dinosaurs, gems & minerals, an IMAX presentation on flight and visited the Planetarium. We also had fun at the museum’s interactive kid-focused Discovery Zone, a highlight of our visit!
Teaching science to kids can be creative and fun! It’s easy to make school at home interesting and interactive to inspire a love for learning. I am not a natural teacher; I am super crafty, kind of disorganized and I go with the flow but I find ways to enforce my kids’ daily routine and make our homeschool schedule work. My oldest child is in kindergarten this year and she’s been learning how to write her letters, do basic math and explore simple scientific principles. We love doing experiments with color and learning about the 5 senses! Here are a few projects we’ve enjoyed to mix up our daily homeschool routine.
The best way to learn about science is by performing your own experiments, but not every family has a full science lab in their garage. These static electricity activities are fun to incorporate into homeschool or do as an after school activity.
Do you homeschool with a range of kids? Keeping my toddler busy helps the rest of my kids have a productive school time. Here are some of the learning-inspired activities I use for my 2-year-old.
How would you like to see yourself and your kids grow this year? Personally, I’d like to practice more patience with my kids and contentment within mommy life. I’d like to see my kids grow in cheerful obedience, respect and kindness. Each day in our home offers opportunities for me and my kids to grow. I’ve found it’s easier for my kids to stay on task and be respectful if they know what their job is throughout the day. I start our day by explaining everyone’s jobs. My job is to take care of the kids and my kids’ job is to listen and obey. Defining jobs goes a long way towards enjoying a productive day with young children.
DIY sensory cloud dough is easy to make with two ingredients and super fun for kids play dough party favors! Kids can help choose the colors and pour in glitter to make sparkly sensory cloud dough!
This year I wanted to refresh our flowers after a long summer. Our yard was full of summer blooms this year; wild roses, peonies, honeysuckle, lavender, and rhododendrons. After the colorful summer, I felt like our yard needed a little something extra as we entered the cooler fall weather. Quite a few plants and flowers are ideal for planting in the fall to give your home and lawn a little more color.
For many families, September marks the end of summer vacation and the start of a more structured school routine. It can be hard for kids to transition from summer fun to maintaining daily schedules, doing homework, and getting plenty of sleep. I remember as a kid missing the end of summer days and also feeling excited about buying new school supplies and jumping back into structured days. Here are some basic survival tips for making the school schedule transition a little easier.