OCT
18
2012

Homeschool Variety

Do your kids ever get bored with doing school at home everyday? Looking to add in a little variety and fun? Look no further than your local library! Today I packed up bags for each of my kiddos and we headed out to our local library for a day of school!

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Each student grabbed a good sized bag (for example our All About Reading bag), and we emptied out their workboxes…sans really big stuff of course!

We went into the children’s section of our library and found a comfy desk area to work. (Sorry for the blurry pics, I was taking them with my iPhone so as not to attract too much attention LOL!) The good thing about the children’s area is that there are kids in there, so you don’t have to worry about being totally quiet when working. If you have older kiddos, I’d suggest the regular area since the children’s area can get a little noisy at times.

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The lighted suitcase is Strawberry Shortcakes! It was a Christmas present, turned into a school work briefcase, perfect for today!

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Even the Teeny Tot brought her Letter of the Week stuff with her! We just brought our Letter E binder and I let her pull out whatever she wanted to do for the day.

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After we were done, she got to play in a little playhouse we were sitting. It had an old keyboard and mouse inside, and that thing entertained her forever!

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Later she found a few fun picture books to look through while the older kiddos were finishing their work. Once we were all done, we all picked some books to checkout! I’d call that a successful homeschooling day.

Homeschooling doesn’t always have to mean that kids are chained to desks all day long! Use your imagination and make it fun! We even do school on the trampoline every now and then!

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Have some fun ideas on making homeschooling fun? Leave a comment below sharing how you keep it interesting and provide a little variety to your homeschooling day!

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Comments

  1. What a GREAT idea!! I will be trying this very soon!! Thanks, Erica!!

  2. I LOVE this idea! We will definitely be trying it out soon! :)

  3. The other day I turned our school day into a baseball game. My boys were so excited and they still ask to play “baseball school” every day. It’s helped our days go so much smoother.

    http://chickenbabies.blogspot.com/2012/10/9-innings-of-school.html

  4. That is a great idea..I actually thought about it before but was unsure how that would look with my tot, but I think bringing along something like letter of the week would be simple and fun..Thanks Erica

  5. TOO FUN! This is our kind of homeschool. We are using a combination of the backpack system and the workboxe system. We love that we can grab and go. I even had an idea for like unit studies or as some call theme theme units to have a bag for each letter of the alphabet for example so we can just grab and go.

  6. Genevieve V. says:

    Thanks for reminding us that our daily homeschool routine does not have to strictly mirror that of regular institutionalized schooling. Wonderful idea! Looking forward to finding new fun places to take a break from the desk. ;)

  7. Excellent!
    We’ve library schooled many a day. It works to keep the work environment fresh. When renovating (which seemed very often in our current home) I’d pack up the kids and go. The winter can also cause cabin fever, so off to the library we’d go.
    A suggestion, we’ve also signed up for time using study/meeting rooms in our library because on occasion when baby/toddler programs were happening it caused distractions for us, so a separate room worked wonderful. And my youngest wasn’t so able to run free when I needed to sit with another.
    Mo@LivesWeAreGiven
    Canada

  8. Christina Hirst says:

    We just did a day at the library to mix it up a little. I want to try a coffee shop as my ten year old daughter loves time in the shop because I often take “adult-time” with friends without her company at such places.

    We also have a porch swing that lays down into a flat “hammock” and we did school and a picnic lunch on the front porch. Started out cozy with blankets in the morning and took them off as it heated up and was the perfect weather!

  9. We have only be homeschooling for a few weeks but already my 7 year old pulls all of her school work, her little chairs, supplies and makes a fort in the corner of the living room to do her work for the day. What do I care? She gets her work done and count that as creative work.

  10. My kids love going outdoors and library too. You are surrounded in cuteness! Even your library is cute just like your classroom!

  11. We’ve done “Library School” in the past as well. Here’s my post on it. :) http://www.dearlylovedmist.com/2012/05/library-school.html

  12. Great post. Last year we went to the library every Thursday and stayed through Story Time. The children’s librarian got to know our children and their interests so well, she nominated one son for an art scholarship to Summer Art Camp at the museum! Another way we make homeschooling fun is to make lapbooks and share what we are learning with another homeschooling family. We share a meal and then have a time of sharing between families.

  13. I love this idea! We often count the library story time as part of school, but I haven’t worked up the courage to actually do school at the library…yet :)

  14. Erica, this ia a fantastic idea! Adults need a change of scenery from time to time, and it makes complete sense that kids would too. I’m glad it worked out! Thanks for the great pics. :-)

    Blessings!

  15. It’s fun to switch it up! We haven’t tried the library before. A few times, we’ve put up a 2 man tent in the family room and the kids enjoy doing their school work in there.

  16. We use Legos when ever possible to facilitate learning. Nothing works better then creating things with your own hands. My son loves Legos. We recently created a blog for all his creations. Check it out at http://www.buildinglegoswithchrist.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas. I enjoy reading your blog.

  17. this is a great idea! we have not yet begun homeschooling but we will be by next year and I don’t want my girl or my teeny tot to get bored…..this is great for a cold wintery day too I think….to change things up a bit!

  18. I enjoy schooling out more then the kids! Love the idea of no mommy interruptions … Laundry, phone, dishes… I find iam more able to concentrate. We do school at nature park, love being outside before weather gets too cold. Great post!

  19. When you home school the whole world is your classroom.

  20. Where can I find the tracing printables like the one your daughter is using in the pic of her tracing the letter E ?
    Thanks for sharing!!

  21. Love the “out of the classroom” approach. I would like to see more of that transformed strawberry shortcake suitcase transformation. My daughter would love something like that.

  22. Thanks for the idea! Excited to try this soon!

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