If your eleven year old daughter is anything like mine, she would much rather be on the computer playing on-line games or watching the latest episode of Hannah Montana. But with a few observations and her input, I was able to come up with some ideas to help her learn, yet have some fun.
Do a photo scavenger hunt. I assign her a task once every few days i.e, take a photo of a flag, something red, your favorite toy, a leaf and etc… it gives them a chance to use their artistic eye.
Put some of those photos to use. It’s a great way to preserve memories, spend time together and use an a great learning experience.
3. Culture Week/Night
Pick a country and go to the library for informative books. Spend the week learning the history, customs, cuisine. Then try to copy a recipe, or make a craft symbolizing that country (for instance we studied Italy, we ate Italian Ice, available at your local Wal-Mart, made spaghetti and even learned a few easy phrases).
4. Keep a Writing Journal
Let her pick out a journal from the local dollar store or decorate a composition notebook. Write a writing prompt on the top of each or every other page. Such as, what I want to be when I grow up…, my favorite birthday was…, or have her do creative writing stories with prompts.
5. Art Journal
I poke holes in card stock and place in a binder to accommodate all the embellishments we use. Just draw, paint, add buttons, do whatever you feel. www.souljournaling.com has a few ideas.
6. Artist Trading Cards (ATC)
Are little blank pieces of card stock measuring 2.5 by 3.5 and you can vary the theme, design and etc.. We did a project where we studied Picasso then recreated our own mini Picasso ATC’s. Just google the term and you will find plenty of help to get you started. www.swap-bot.com is a great site to get your kids into swapping theirs by mail.
7. Word of the Day
Incorporate a word of the day into daily activities. Encourage your kids to use the word as much as possible during the day.
I’m amazed that some parents always forget this when it comes to science. There are all sorts of weather books and experiments on weather.
9. School Store
I usually award bonus bucks I make from my computer, or you can use pretend money, when my kids do good on tests, quizzes and such. They can spend this money in the school store where I keep random stuff I buy on sale or from dollar stores. It’s great for encouragement and also teaches the value of money.
10. Go On Outings
The library, museums, and parks. Explore your town and see what you’re missing.
I hope these ideas helpor at least spark some ideas of your own. Happy home-schooling.