Here is Kate Tsubata with more useful information. Here is a list of homeschool lessons for multiple subjects. Kate is a mother of three and now grandmother. As many of us now find ourselves homeschooling, she has opened up her archives to share her twenty years of experience homeschooling. You might want to bookmark this page.

Geography:

Have the kids take an old map, glue it to cardboard, and cut out the individual states or countries to make a puzzle.  They can challenge each other to put the puzzle together the fastest, etc.

Take a map and put in flat on the table or floor, with all the kids around it.  Call out the name of a place on the map.  “Kansas” and the first one to find Kansas and touch it (or smack it, or put a pin on it) gets a point.

Hang a map of the world on the wall.  Print out a list of all the countries in the world.  Have the kids cut out the list and make “flags” of the country name on a pin.  Play a game where any country they identify, and put their “flag” on, belongs to them.  (Kids love gaining and winning, so they quickly memorize locations and names to win the game).  This can be adjusted to play numerous games.  “Find all the countries that touch the Nile River” or “Find countries with mountains in them” or “Find countries that don’t touch the ocean” Or “Find Island countries.”

Create a wish list of places they want to go to, and create an imaginary “road map” of the distances between, time it would take to travel, and supplies needed to sustain them.  To make it fun, you could create a challenge like “create a road map that includes driving, walking, climbing, swimming and biking”.

Math:

Make cookies, meatballs, etc. (Measure, follow directions, mix, and then form the items, counting up trays full)

Have them measure and make a scale map of the house, apartment, yard.  This is a great tool for several to do together.

  • Build or make something!
  • Paint a room
  • Make a quilt
  • Create shoe shelves
  • Make a castle of cardboard boxes, etc.

Our homeschooling coop is doing a lego competition, and even the older kids are excited about doing it.

Science:

  • Cooking (learn proteins, starch, sugar, fats)
    • Learn what heat does to each
    • Learn what dissolves each
  • Learn impact of baking powder, yeast, or the action of sour things with baking soda to create lift
  • Make bread (teach about one-celled animals, the yeast)
  • Make pancakes or eggs
  • Cleaning
  • Experimenting
  • Growing things
  • Recording the weather

History:

When we would study something like the Revolutionary War or the Civil War.

  • I would find books from around that time, and we would read them together.
  • Then we’d look at pictures of the clothes, the machinery, the transportation then.
  • We’d study maps.
  • Consider the weather.
  • We’d watch some movies from that time.
  • We’d sing songs from then.
  • We’d make up a play or rap or game about it.

Faith and Spirituality:

Homeschooling lets you share your faith values in a continuous and practical way.  You can build reading scripture into your reading studies.  You can discuss God, Family, love, truth, service, responsibility, etc.  You can encourage the kids to think about things that are interesting and exciting to them, and to envision dreams that they want to fulfill in their lives.  It’s a wonderful way to create a substantial culture of principled family life that is warm, fulfilling, uplifting and energizing.

And if you want to teach Social Studies, Music, and Dance, I suggest streaming the wonderful new movie, Dancing Joy, which travels the globe, to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, all in traditional dance.  The Closed Captions allow the lyrics to be seen in various languages too.

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