Homeschool Curriculum Part 3: The Fun Stuff

by Caroline on April 17, 2013

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Lest you were worried: Yes, we survived Homeschooling Week 1. I just was too tired to write about it. Actually, I got to feeling really sick at lunchtime on Friday, so we only did what we really needed to.

This second week is going much smoother, and it feels like we’re starting to settle into a pattern. We’ll see if it sticks.

Fun curriculum

Some of the fun stuff we’re using to add to our core curriculum.

Curriculum Part 3: The Fun Stuff

Homeschool would be super boring if all we did was workbook stuff all the time. Also, it wouldn’t engage the girls’ minds in different ways, or include many hands-on types of activities. Here are some of the fun things we’re adding in when appropriate.

  • Conceptual Math Bingo
    • We’ve got Whole Numbers, What Time Is It?, Money, and Early Fractions. The thing that’s challenging about this game is that the card that gets drawn for whatever number will be called gives six different ways for the caller to describe that number. For example: the number might be 54, but the caller can say: “50 + 4″ or “6 x 9″ or “count by 2’s: 50, 52, __.” Makes the kiddos think about the different ways numbers (or other values) relate to each other.
  • Various Word Games (Quiddler, Scrabble, etc.)
    • We haven’t tried all of these yet. I’ll let you know how they turn out.
  • Visual Acquity Games: (Spot It, Flash Focus for Nintendo DS)
    • Visual Processing is something M-bug struggles with. Games that sharpen both attention and visual skills are a must.
  • Flashcards, Shape-building blocks, and other assorted games
    • Some of these are math, and others are just general skills, like puzzles.
  • BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.
    • The girls loved these online programs when they used them through their virtual charter. They have fun videos about many subjects, as well as other activities for further study.

What educational “fun stuff” do you use?


 

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