Have you ever noticed how the elderly often look back on their difficult seasons in life with a hint of sentimental whispiness and a twinkle of pride? Imagine your kids one day reminiscing about the “Great Pandemic of 2020” with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. What will you want them to remember about it?
Most likely they won’t recall exactly what they learned for school during that time, but they will remember many of their thoughts and feelings about it. As their parent, you have a huge influence on how they learn to react to difficult circumstances (such as mandatory homeschooling during a global pandemic!). Are you cultivating a learning atmosphere of drudgery or of motivation? One that is a battle or one that is fun?
Here are some suggestions that could make your day-to-day homeschooling more fun during this season and more fun for your kids to relay to their future grandkids.
Make it a game.
Photocopy some blank bingo pages with 25 squares (remember the “free” square in the middle!) and use them to practice math concepts, vocabulary words, foreign language skills, history facts, science discoveries, etc.
Set a timer for an hour. Each hour of “impressive scholarly behavior” earns a ticket for a drawing at the end of the day.
Have your kids invent a game that demonstrates what they are learning in a given subject.
Check out my blog post about “WORD-Z.” It’s a great (FREE) game for grammar and