It can be hard to fight the temptations of spring fever when the weather outside feels so nice. The classroom or house starts to feel stuffy and small, while the outdoors and sunshine are calling your name. Instead of staying inside and sticking to your usual lesson plans, consider incorporating some hands-on learning activities this spring.
Some homeschoolers love hands-on learning activities. This year we have incorporated more into our natural learning by using interactive notebooks for several subjects. My child who never wants to do schoolwork, suddenly doesn’t hate it quite so much, they might even like it a little bit.
Not only will hands-on activities keep your kids focused on days they just want to be outside, they also help them retain the information better. And they are perfect indoor activities during those rainy spring days too. Here is how to incorporate hands-on learning into your homeschool this spring.
Start a homeschool garden
Gardening is a great springtime activity for both adults and kids to get involved in. You can teach your kids about plant growth, measuring plants, and other hands-on activities in the garden. You don’t need a lot of time or money in order to start your own garden! You can use Dollar Tree seeds and the dirt in your own backyard to produce a number of exciting flowers, plants, and even food! If you don’t have room for a garden or don’t want to have your kids in your personal garden, start a windowsill garden for your kids!
Don’t forget! Our Gardening Unit Study is only $2 (reg. $5.99) when you use code: GARDEN20 at checkout! (offer expires 3.31.19)
Get outside and study nature
Nature studies are one of the best ways to cure spring fever! Creating a nature scavenger hunt, having your kids work on a nature journal, or even collecting outdoor supplies for a craft are all great ways to do some hands-on activities outside. Make homemade birdhouses with your kids and use the birdhouses to study the birds who come to visit! The possibilities of learning in nature really are endless!
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a great opportunity to teach your children about the importance of trees and the role they play in our ecosystem. Instead of just reading books about trees and learning about them through stories, why not get more involved? You can buy seeds for trees at just about any garden center and have your kids plant their very own tree! If you’re not sure where you want to grow a tree, start it off in a small pot. This way you still have some time to think about where you want the tree to be planted later on. Learn about different types trees through their leaves with these FREE coloring pages.
Study flowers through experiments
Flowers will start to bloom during the spring season, and there are so many hands-on activities you can do using these flowers! Start by having your kids collect a bunch of different flowers from around your neighborhood. Teach them about the different kinds of flowers, do experiments with them, or even make them into a craft! All of these are going to be way more effective than a book about flowers, and they are way more likely to remember them.
Spring is a great season for hands-on activities in the classroom. As you can see, there are a several different ways you can get hands-on in your homeschool without having to spend a lot of money. Many of these ideas are free or cost very little, but all of them will make your lesson plans way more fun!
One of our favorite, albeit less conventional, ways it to add a movie study to our lessons. I know I talk about them a lot, but since my kids enjoy watching movies, I have to figure out a way to bring in some learning in a creative way. And movie studies have been a great way to do it.
Download the Marvel Movie Study
Do your kids love the Marvel movies? Mine sure do. My daughters favorite character is Captain America and my son’s is Iron Man. With so many different Marvel movies out now, so rather than create a movie study for each one of them, I now have a general one that could be used with any of them.
The best part is this study can be used over and over. The first time, students can read about the creator of Marvel, Stan Lee and answer questions about him. If your kids have a favorite superhero, they can create a story about them using the prompts on the third page. This activity can lead to the start of their own series of stories with their favorite character as the center. And the last page is a compare/contrast of the movie and comic. This page can also be used multiple times by choosing a new movie each time.
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