We’re Homeschooling! & A Free Learning Activity

School is coming to an end, and that entails a really big change for us. In 12 days we will officially become a homeschooling family. I will not go into detail right now about the issues we have faced this year, but we have been extremely unhappy with our daughter’s educational experience. My husband was very resistant to homeschooling when I first brought it up before our daughter started school. That’s a far cry from my husband who begged me to pull her out of the system weeks ago, but my daughter wanted to finish the year with her friends.

I have spent the last few weeks preparing for our homeschooling journey the best I can. I know there is no way to be completely prepared before we actually start, but I have spent countless hours deciding on a curriculum and putting together resources. Now, the journey finally begins!

I have found so many great free activities to incorporate into our curriculum on Education.com. I love that many of the activities can be adjusted to work with children of varying ages. The activities are great for homeschool or to encourage learning over Summer break.

Want an example of some of the activities we’re doing? Here’s a great one my girls worked together on this week called Chalk It Up! Although the activity is written for 1st grade, my almost 4 year old really enjoyed it, too!

 

Chalk it Up! An Outdoor Classification Activity

chalk it up free educational outdoor classification activity

Classification is the way we group items and categorize what we see and experience. Classifying and sorting into groups is also a large part of the first grade math curriculum. The outdoors offers an abundance of learning tools for children, and classifying in the natural world gives your child an added lesson in scientific observation. So, next time you spend some time outdoors with your child, take a view at your surroundings and observe how many ways you could group the objects that you see. Your child will be able to practice their math skills and learn about nature in a fun way. Plus, you’ll be amazed how many commonalities can be found once you start to classify!

What You Need:

  • Sidewalk chalk

What You Do:

  1. Bring your chalk along with you as you visit a neighborhood park or your own front yard. Ask your child to name what they see in the park. Then encourage her to group what she sees into categories. Ask your child what title she would give each category (for instance, “Things that are green”, “Things that are bumpy,” etc).
  2. Using the chalk, write the category on the ground in a wide open space, whether it’s your driveway or the sidewalk at the park.
  3. Now do the same with two or three more categories your child comes up with. If your child is not a reader yet, feel free to make an illustration of the category on the ground alongside the word.
  4. Now it’s time to sort and find objects that fit the categories listed. You can either place the actual object under the category title (for example, a leaf under the category of “Things that are green) or write the object’s name or draw its picture (for example, a stop sign under the category of “things made of metal”).
  5. Once the categories are substantially filled in, look at what objects you found for each group. Which category had the most “things”? Which had the least? Which “things” fit into more than one group?
  6. Rewrite the list of objects that appeared on multiple lists and make a Venn diagram (explained in the next step) to take this classification activity to another level.
  7. To make a Venn diagram, draw two large circles on the ground that overlaps in the middle. In one circle, avoiding the overlapping part, write the first list of objects, and on the second side of the circle, write the other. Objects that can fit in both categories are written in the overlapping part shared by the two circles.
  8. On the walk home, talk about the discoveries that your child made. What outdoor “things” overlapped in two categories? Were these “things” found in nature or man-made? Or both? Encouraging your child to share her observations is a great way to reinforce the exercise and ensure that your child will be a master classifier in no time!

 

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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Comments

  1. CONGRATS on making the switch! it’s a huge move and change but it’s so worth it! I did it as well when I found out how poorly my kids were doing in their private schools – yes, even those can let you down! It’s been an awesome move and the kids are thriving.
    And yes, there’s an amazing amount of free resources and online resources to help any homeschooling family. Can’t imagine doing it without those resources.
    Have a great time!
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