My kids did not always love to learn. They would even complain about their homeschool work or the book they were reading. Can you believe it? Can you relate?
That’s when I decided I needed to change my homeschool. I needed to inspire my children to love learning. But, how could I truly inspire them?
Although I found many ways to inspire my kids in a love for learning, one of my favorite ways was to make learning fun. So fun that my kids didn’t realize they were learning. I wanted my kids to love what they were doing so much, that learning became natural.
How did I make learning fun?
Over the years, I discovered several ways to make learning fun in our homeschool. Choose one of the following and start using it in your homeschool. Be sure to grab our free Games ebook at the end of the post.
Some of our field trips were extensive; others were quite simple. My kids had the privilege to be runners at the Texas State Capitol, going from the house floor to offices. In that one day, they learned more about the governmental process than reading a textbook. And more importantly, they had fun learning.
For our vacation one year, we visited Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Our kids didn’t realize they were learning about early America. They loved every minute of that trip.
Field trips can also be simple, like visiting the bakery or the fire station. All of these provide fun, hands-on learning opportunities.
Unit Study Resources
I believe it’s important that you have resources around your house. We had a science bucket with all sorts of experiment equipment. We had art supplies in another bucket. These buckets were easy to access, so my kids could pull them out at any time. They could have fun learning, as well as creating science & art at any time.
We have books everywhere.
We have bookcases in every room.
We have baskets of books in most rooms.
One tip I learned early on is to make books easily accessible, especially for young kids. Put your pre-school books in a basket on the floor. Put your elementary books on the lower shelves. Put your secondary books on higher shelves.
Having resources easily accessible makes unit studies easy & fun. When you allow your children to choose the topics for unit studies, you encourage a natural love of learning. By doing so, unit studies become a fantastic way to make learning fun because your children have a natural “reason why” since they chose the topic.
When I taught school, we showed movies that were threaded through a machine or filmstrips that were clicked from slide to slide. My how things have changed. Your family can watch videos without a filmstrip or film projector.
Bring your learning to life with videos.
When you’re studying Ancient Greece, pull up a travel video to let your kids experience what it would be like to visit Greece right now. When you’re studying plants, watch a video that speeds up the growth process. When you’re celebrating Easter or Christmas, check out the Star of Bethlehem or blood moon videos to give your kids a deeper understanding of what happened at that time in history.
Our family loves games! Some of us want to win at all costs. I took my kids competitive nature and used it to make learning fun with games.
On a trip to Nashville to speak at a homeschool conference, we visited the Parthenon replica. At the end of our visit, I bought The Fine Arts Game. I loved fine arts, but my kids were not so crazy about art. Even though they did not like art, they sure learned about art that day. How so?
We played the game all the way home from Nashville to Texas. I guarantee you my kids learned about specific pieces of art because they wanted to win.
As a side note, Hunter did not like fine arts. He complained when we would go to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. But, he knew every artist and their work in the game because he wanted to win.
Games are one of my favorite ways to make learning fun. If you have boys, use their competitive nature to encourage a love of learning through games.
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After 10 years of homeschooling (her kids have graduated), she enjoys meeting with moms to encourage them in raising, educating and encouraging their own kids. She also has a strong desire to show families how to give their children a love of learning. Kerry loves being a mom and loves homeschooling. Sit back and let her help YOU . . . as you give your kids the best education, a superb, Christian education, where they will love learning, as well as be able to think critically & Biblically. Kerry has been married to Stephen for 30 years. Together they raised three
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