One of my favorite parts of homeschooling has been using the Sonlight book lists for English and Social Studies. Snuggled together on the couch, or lying on a picnic blanket, my kids and I have traveled to distant lands and learned about foreign cultures, traveled back in time and been immersed in history, and heard […]
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”
Being a creative adult doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a painter or sculptor. CEO’s and political leaders, too, benefit from being creative, which lets them see things in new ways and find solutions to problems others might miss. That kind of problem-solving and innovative thinking begins with the power of imagination.
So how do we inspire this power in our children? These fun activities are a good place to start!
#1. Tell Stories
#2. Make Art
#3. Use Natural Materials
#5. Wacky Photos
#6. Nature Story
#7. Playing With Boxes And Cartons
#8. Make Some Paper Creatures
#9. Art Tales
#10.Junk Drawer Game
Extra idea: Brush-less Painting
Do you have an idea that inspires imagination?! Share below! 🙂
Unfortunately, the amount of time that children spend engaged in unstructured, child-directed outdoor play has diminished significantly in the past generation. Schools have opted out of recess and play time in favor of a more structured academic period. As many years of research has shown, that it causing more harm than good. Here are some of the amazing benefits that come with outdoor free play!
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Math. It’s one of those subjects that can be just as challenging to teach as it is to comprehend. Which is why we love using math manipulatives! Students learn better when they’re actively engaged, and manipulatives in your home or classroom make it easy for kids to get excited. Below are our favorite ways to use math manipulatives in our home, and they are all kid approved! 🙂
#1. Fraction Bars
#2. Fraction Circles
#3. Linking Cubes
#5. Bear Counters
#6. Wiz Dice
#10. Color Counters
What about you? Do you have a favorite math manipulative or game you like to use? If so, leave us a comment below! 🙂
Teaching a child to read can be an overwhelming task, because so much of education depends on reading. However, the better a child can read, the easier his schooling will be. Children will pick up reading quite naturally if raised in a language-rich environment where books are treasured and read aloud. Many people who grow up in such an environment cannot recall exactly how they learned to read, but they learned quickly!
So relax and take a look at Charlotte Mason’s gentle and natural approach to teaching your child to read.
- Make a game of putting together the words in word families.
2. Use actual words and let the child say and make each one with its initial consonant added.
#3. Continue the process with other short-vowel three-letter words.
#4. Do not hurry your child.
#5. After he has mastered short-vowel three-letter words, teach the silent-e that makes a long vowel in the word in the same way.
#6. Continue the process with consonant combinations, like “ng” and “th.”
#7. These word games are not reading, but they will lay the foundation for future reading lessons.
#8. Encourage your child to pronounce correctly any word that he learns.
#9. Encourage him to shut his eyes and spell the word he has made, thus preparing him for future spelling lessons.
When a tree falls, its life is over. But the tree can still give life to others. The dead tree becomes its own ecosystem, where plants, insects, and microorganisms thrive-from the mosses, ferns, and fungi that make the rotting tree their home to a whole host of bugs and bacteria that eat the tree and break it down into soil for new plants! Next time you see a dead log, take a close look and record your observations in your Field Journal. You just might be amazed by what you see.
What You Do
There is so much to learn! Head outdoors and explore! 🙂
Whether you’re homeschooling your children, or are simply looking for extracurricular activities, 4-H is a wonderful option! 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. Children can learn about farming, wood-working, archery, photography, art, science, sewing, insect collecting, animals, cooking/canning, and so much more! The possibilities of what they can learn and accomplish are endless.
Indiana 4-H Mission:
The Indiana 4-H Youth Development mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who will have a positive impact in their communities and the world.
Indiana 4-H Vision:
Indiana 4-H Youth Development strives to be the premier, community-based program empowering young people to reach their full potential.
Members have the opportunity to learn more about a subject matter that they choose to study through completing hands on activities. We refer to these as projects. In order to enroll in a project, members must sign up for them at the time of enrolling in 4-H. Each project has a manual that guides the youth through the learning process as well as a set of guidelines that helps them meet the project requirements. We provide adult volunteers and staff who are knowledgeable on that particular subject who will often times provide workshops to allow the youth to learn about that topic in a social environment. Each project has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level-this allows youth to build on their knowledge each year and continue to challenge their skills. Projects are meant to be worked on over time, providing an educational opportunity for youth outside of the classroom setting. Often times, youth will exhibit and display their project at a local county fair in order to show the community what they have learned.
As you complete your projects use 4-H-620-W “My Record of 4-H Achievement” to keep detailed records of your exhibits. Click here for a Microsoft Word version of the “My Record of 4-H Achievement.”
There is no limit to the number of projects youth can sign up for, however, we suggest starting out with one or two your first year. If you know what project(s) you are looking for, simply find it listed under a specific category listed below.
- Aquatic Science
- Llama and Alpaca
- Vet Science
Communication and Expressive Arts
- Arts and Crafts
- Cake Decorating
- Consumer Clothing
- Home Environment
- Performing Arts
- Verbal Communications
Engineering and Technological Science
- ATV Safety
- Child Development
- Shooting Sports
Leadership and Citizenship
Plant and Environmental Science
- Hay (Forages)
- Plant Science
- Small Grains
- Soil and Water Science
- Weather and Climate Science
Mini 4-H (Grades K-2)
Want to get involved? Contact your local County Extension Office to find out what clubs meet in your area. Click here to enroll in 4HOnline as a 4-H club member!
Here are a few of our favorite 4-H activity products!