Making School Fun

I will be the first to admit that school is not always fun. Sometimes the things we are learning are hard for me to teach and sometimes things are hard for the kids to learn. Since I really want my kids to enjoy learning, I work hard at making school fun or at least as enjoyable as possible (sometimes that is SO hard, trust me).

When you are home learning or in any learning environment, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome or compensate for is the variety of learning styles. Everyone has their own “way” that they learn best and trust me, sometimes those STYLES clash LOUDLY. Well, at least in our house they do. And then, you get to learn tolerance and patience and long-suffering.

Okay, this post was not meant to be depressing, but rather encouraging. How can you make school fun, when you are dealing with subject matter that kids don’t want to learn (or think they already know) and learning styles that clash? That is what my pretty little brain is storming all about these days. Hopefully, I will come up with some answers for our house – that I can, in turn, share with you.

Bible

During our Bible time today we read and discussed Matthew 5:9.
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Math

We went to Khan Academy again today to watch our math video.

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We watched the second video in the Khan Academy Arithmetic Playlist in case you are following along.

Then we printed some more worksheets from The Math Worksheet Site.

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We pulled out our Unifix Cubes for the twins today and printed some fun worksheets from A Child’s Place. It turns out the big boys still enjoy using them for math too, but you did not hear that from me.

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English

We are still working through these books:

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Left BookNo Boring Practice, Please! Spelling
Right BookComic-Strip Grammar

In No Boring Practice, Please! Spelling we are working on Syllables right now and will be for at least one more week. Dipthongs and digraphs here we come.

Since our topic today in (Comic-Strip Grammar) was verbs, we watched the Schoolhouse Rock video about verbs on YouTube as a little refresher.

Social Studies

Today we did a super quick overview of the Early Middle Ages and Middle Ages. Now, while I say super quick, I don’t mean I read fast (okay, I really did), but what I meant is that we went very quickly through the pages in The King Fisher History Encyclopedia. Pages 97-190 to be exact. We read the little sentence/paragraph in the top left hand corner of each 2 page spread that told briefly about that time period.

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That reading today was a whirlwind trip in itself and I have to be honest with you, this time period sounds absolutely fascinating. I am really looking forward to studying all about the middle ages with the kids. I hope you will join us for the ride.

A Few Questions For You

  1. Do your kids have clashing learning styles?
  2. How do you help your kids learn to work together?
  3. How do you adapt your homeschool materials to a variety of levels and learning styles?
  4. What one piece of advice can you offer to other homeschooling mamas?

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