Boys and a dog homemaking homeschooling things for busy folks. All this month I’ve been sharing my favorite boys and dog homemaking homeschooling things, so today I’m rounding out the month with 15 of my favorite things that are perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for those busy folks on your list! Many of these are things I use every day, and that’s the kind of gift I love to receive. These would also be perfect to wrap up and give as part of a kids’ Christmas gift too!
There are many ways to do homeschool
With so many different ways to homeschool, it can be hard to figure out what’s best for your family. Here are a few considerations you might want to make before making the decision. How do you learn best? There are many different styles of learning such as: visual (through pictures), verbal (oral), and tactile (tactile stimulation). Do you prefer to do math in your head or by using symbols on paper? Do you prefer to read about animals or observe them firsthand?
Homeschool Organization Tips
Boys and a dog homemaking homeschooling things for busy folks. Educating children is possible in the comfort of your own home. Create a space in your home to serve as their classroom, stock it with age-appropriate resources, and then arm yourself with some strategies for making them, self-sufficient learners. Children are not just miniature adults; they need education tailored to their developmental needs. Follow these tips to make homeschooling work without sacrificing sanity!
1. Set up an organized workspace that can accommodate their ever-changing energy levels.
2. Have them help you come up with a schedule that suits their needs and yours.
3. Keep lessons short but frequent so they don’t lose interest.
4. Keep materials on hand so you can adapt to different learning styles and abilities.
Create an Area For The Kids To Do Homework
Boys and a dog homemaking homeschooling things for busy folks, I was so excited to find these kids’ tables online. I spent an hour searching the internet for tables that were reasonably priced, sturdy, nice looking, and durable. I love how they can quickly fold up too so they don’t take up a lot of space when not in use. We keep our table out at all times as well since we have boys in the house but you could easily store it away when not in use. It also has two chairs included which is great because we had been going back and forth on what to do about this issue.
The storage baskets are perfect because I’ve never been able to find anything good enough to hold their school supplies. They’re really deep so everything fits nicely inside without making a mess on the floor which is great for me since I’m always cleaning up after them! They’re also a great place for the younger kids to put their snacks during homework time.
Getting outside time with the kids is important
One of the most important ways to make sure your kids are getting outside time is to take them on hikes. They don’t have to be long hikes–just twenty minutes of walking can make all the difference. What matters most is that they get out into nature, away from electronics, where they can feel the earth beneath their feet, see birds in the sky, and smell pine trees.
The kids will also be able to gather plants as keepsakes and special treasures. I like to bring along my small field guide or ID app so we can identify what we find. You might need bug spray or sunscreen depending on the season but it’s worth it because when you come back inside, you’ll be well rested and ready to play some games!
Teach Kids Good Cooking Habits from an Early Age
What if you could teach your child to make breakfast in bed, put together an easy after-school snack, or just start cooking themselves dinner? There’s never been a better time than now to start teaching them how to cook. It won’t take more than 20 minutes of hands-on time each day, but the payoff will be amazing.
There are so many good reasons for kids (boys or girls) to learn how to cook. Learning some simple skills early on can give children the confidence they need to try new foods and explore different cultures. Kids who know their way around the kitchen have better nutrition because they’re eating fresh produce instead of processed food.
And even though it may seem like there’s not enough time, most studies show that children who know how to cook eat healthier overall—and get less sick from foodborne illnesses like salmonella.
Set up a cozy place for your family to gather at night
Your kitchen table is where your family should gather together in the evening. It’s one of the only areas of your home that has enough seating for everyone, there are usually snacks around, and you can use it as a makeshift homework space if you need to (or even just play games). Plus, how often do you really get to hang out with your kids on a weekday night? Let them pick the activity and make some memories!
Let kids clean up their toys and books
Mom! Can you please help me clean up these toys that I just finished playing with? My children come to me this way every day, asking me to tidy up the mess they’ve made in my living room. I hate it when they interrupt whatever task I’m working on, but at the same time, it’s so precious when they want to help make my home feel more like their home.
So I tell them, yes, and we get started putting everything away together. It only takes about five minutes for us to do this job because there are only two of us doing it! They might not be too excited about tidying up all of their belongings once we’re done (who is?), but it feels good knowing that our living space is neat and organized again.
Teach Your Children Well-Being Skills at Home
Teach Your Children Well has put together a list of practical life skills that teach children about healthy habits, values, and morals. Give your child the confidence to succeed at home, in school, on the job, and in society with these easy-to-follow life skills. Offer five quick tips for teaching skills to children:
1. Start small.
2. Make it interesting!
3. Take it slow.
4. Reward success, not just effort.
5. Keep up the good work!
The children can help with small cleaning tasks
Does your house often feel like it’s on the verge of becoming a dangerous hazard zone? Between school, homework, extracurricular activities, chores, running errands for parents, or doing other tasks around the house can get hectic. Between all these responsibilities, it may seem impossible to keep your space tidy. But there are ways to make life easier for you and the kids. One idea is to enlist their help with small cleaning tasks.
When my boys were old enough, I assigned them the job of making sure their rooms were picked up before bedtime each night. And because I knew they would forget sometimes (because who doesn’t?), I made it a rule that if their room wasn’t clean when we got home from school or somewhere else, they had no TV time until they finished cleaning up!
Give your children chores with tangible rewards
One thing we have found that has been helpful is to give chores with tangible rewards. That way, the kids feel like they are actually earning something by doing what’s asked of them! I want to talk about each type of chore in our house that can be set up this way so you can figure out what will work best for your family. For example, we use an envelope system for allowances.
There is an envelope taped on the fridge which has everyone’s name on it and their allowance amount written inside of it (we usually do $5 per week). Every time someone does a task that would earn money, he or she places the correct amount of money into their envelope.