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Read Acts 1:8 to your kids. Talk about what a witness is. Have they ever seen a reporter interview a witness? Encourage them to take a little while to think about what they would say if they were asked to witness about Jesus. Then give one a microphone and ask him to interview a witness for Jesus. Pass the microphone around and let each child take their turn being the reporter and the witness.
While you are reading the Bible with your kids, take the time to find the places mentioned on a map!
Let your kids play with their food! Tell them they can’t eat their peanut butter until they have written two spelling words in it with a toothpick!
When doing your spelling drills, put out the alphabet on the floor and have your kids step on the letters as they spell the words.
To help your kids learn the keyboard, have them arrange alphabet cards on the floor as they are on the keyboard. They can “type” out words with their feet or play a game of “What’s Missing”. While their backs are turned, remove a letter. Then have them figure out which one it is. Start out with a real keyboard for them to compare it to. When they get good at it, take away the keyboard to make it more challenging. Once they learn the letters, have them make cards for all the other keys and continue playing.
Middle School – High School
Writing prompt! What would you do if you could travel through time? Would you visit the past first or the future? Where would you go and what would you do?
Have your kids test this one!
You can use pinecones to forecast the weather: the scales on the pinecones will close when rain is on the way.
Use a magnifying glass to examine the frost on your window! Extra challenge – try to draw it!
Do you have a shell collection? Have your preschooler sort them by color, size, type or shape. Have him decide if the gray and white shell belongs with the gray or the white shells. Is it mostly gray or white? Use words like big, bigger or biggest. Do an art project with them making patterns of the shells you sorted.
Middle School and Up
This video does a pretty good job of explaining the distributive property!
For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we made Liberty Bells out of egg carton cups, foil, chenille strips and little circles with the word “free” written on them. We talked about what segregation is and how Martin Luther King stood up to unfair laws that kept African-Americans segregated. What did you do for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Discuss with your kids what “art” is. Drawings, patterns, sculptures, arrangements of colors … what else can they think of? Tell your kids that you want to make a list of all they things in your home that they can find that involve art. Then make a running list, add to it as they find things.
My husband’s family has a game they call “Holey Board”. It’s a board with holes in it that they throw metal washers in. Talk with your kids about making up a family game!
Way to mix PE and Science! Check out this post about the science of sledding!
Find a little bit of dried animal poo. Now pour some clean water into a container from the tap or your water filter. Ask your kids if that water is alright to drink. Then put that little bit of poo in the container. Ask if it’s OK to drink now. Then dip a little bit of water out and put it in a different container. It doesn’t look like it has poo in it, but it might have germs from the poo that could make it you sick. Talk about why they should be careful about where they get the water they drink from and ways you can clean up water that might be contaminated.
Do your kids have good phone manners? Make sure they know how you want them to answer the phone and take messages. Role play answering the phone and what they should tell strangers.
BABIES AND TODDLERS
Love these suggestions! Especially the spaghetti and Cherrios activity! You could even teach counting with this one!
HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
I didn’t know the Pioneer Woman was homeschooled! Did you?
ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT
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God Bless You All!