January is a great time to connect with your kids.
Ok. So anytime is a great time to connect with your kids, but January has a few unique qualities that you can take advantage of right now.
It’s dark. It’s cold. And sometimes, if you are lucky, it is white.
All of these qualities make this the perfect month to cozy up and connect as a family. To make it a bit easier for you this month, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month.
It’s that time of year when the magic of Christmas meets the requirements of homeschool and I attempt to find enchanting ways to bring them together.
Perhaps I could teach lessons while wearing Christmas antlers, but I haven’t bought a pair….yet.
In the meantime, here are some ideas we are trying this season:
December Homeschooling: Games
We add a few new board games to our game collection every December. In the past, we opened one a week, but this year I just pulled them both out right at the start.
We know many of the big names in the world of social media. You know, the pages and accounts with thousands of followers.
And those pages are fantastic with plenty of good information.
But hidden in the corners and around the bend are tons of homeschooling moms who are sharing their wisdom and their journeys on their social media accounts.
Today I want to share five smaller accounts that inspire me, brighten my facebook feed, and encourage me on my parenting journey.
SQUILT music guides have been a perfect fit for music appreciation in our homeschool.
We enjoyed the Modern Era guide during the 2017-2018 school year and we will select another guide for our next school year.
Meaningful conversations are an important part of our family life and homeschool. My kids are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and ideas with me and others. They learn to defend their point of view, explain their reasoning, and consider what someone else has to say.
Conversations give my children the room and freedom to process what they are learning. We might talk about current events, the plot of a book, or whether parallel universes truly exist.
I value our conversations just as much as I value any part of our homeschool, sometimes even more.
I love doing art with my kids, but I need a little guidance when it comes to project ideas and creativity.
I am willing to gather the materials and join in the fun, but it helps to have someone else design the plan.
That is where the courses at the Masterpiece Society have saved me from hours of digging around for ideas to copy from Pinterest. This fall we began working on the projects in the Fall Mixed Media Workshop and we are all having fun while creating unique pieces of art.
As we kick off our Geography studies this year, I have started gathering book titles for our Morning Basket. We will read some sort of Geography book daily because this year we are focusing on World Geography and World Cultures.
Some days we will learn from informational text and other days we will enjoy a story. It might depend on the plan, but it usually depends on my mood.
Either way, I’ve gathered a lot of options. I like options.