It’s great to have ideas for those educational days when you feel like doing almost anything but school. Everyday is an opportunity for learning whether or not you have scheduled out what you’ll be doing that day. I like to schedule our school days in pencil because you just never know what happens, sick days are the worst of course. But then there are days when you, the teacher, just don’t feel like doing “school”.
Educational Days When You Don’t Want to Homeschool
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We are big fans of the public library. The library isn’t just an old building with dusty books, but a place to go that you can learn from a number of different mediums. A lot of libraries not only have books, but also toys which are perfect for younger siblings, as well as computers that are set up for kids to use.
Turn off the screens for the day and read. Your kids might be able to completely read on their own or to each other but try having a read aloud day as well. Sit down on the sofa, or curled up in bed and enjoy some great books.
Have you read a great book with your kids that has been made into a movie? Or maybe have a movie marathon of say, Harry Potter? My kids would be more than happy to watch movies all day instead of doing book work.
My oldest is a huge fan of watching documentaries, she loves learning about animals, places around the world, and more this way. She might be be watching TV but she is learning a lot while doing so.
Dig out those board games! Board games and card games are a fun way to learn. Board games like Monopoly have math skills, reading, and more. These are some of our favorite games to play when we don’t feel like doing school.
Maybe instead of hitting the books, hit up the kitchen for some science experiments instead. Take a day to make a mess, learn about reactions, and get hands on. I say kitchen because that’s where we do experiments. But you can head outside too.
Field Trip Day
Sometimes you just need to get out of the house, and that’s where field trips come in handy. Trips to museums or science centers are perfect for learning outside of the home. Science centers tend to be very hands on learning, and what is better as a homeschooler, plus if you go during public school hours, you must likely will have the place to yourselves.
Home Economics Day
Get in the kitchen and get cooking and baking. Your kids are going to be engaged in reading, in math, fine motor skills and so much more. Plus you need up with, hopefully, a tasty meal, dessert or snack.
Nature Study Day
This is something we are going to be doing more of this year. Some scheduled nature study days, instead of just something we do in the summer. You can learn about nature all year long, such as learning about snowy owls in the Saskatchewan winter.
Arts & Crafts
How about spending all day with arts. You could watch a documentary or read a book about a certain artist and then take the time to create a piece in their style of art.
I find it helps to have a back up plan for crafts too, like a theme of crafts that we can do through the day. GreenKidsCrafts is great for this as they include everything needed for doing their crafts.
What do you do when you just don’t feel like doing school but still want an educational day?