Here are some ideas that will still engage your kids educationally when traditional school needs to be set on the back burner for the day:
- Go on a walk in your local open space
- Ride bikes around a local bike path you haven't taken before
- Take turns reading books aloud
- Make up stories and each of you write one sentence at a time
- Tour the local fire department or police department
- Make plans to create the best park in the neighborhood (what equipment is there? Draw it!)
- Buy a dozen carnations and stand at the local grocery store handing out flowers to those who seem to need a little encouragement
- If you have middle school or high school children, visit a local daycare and see if you can read to the children
- Create "stations" in your home and allow the kids to choose what they will do for each 20 minute time period (Ideas: Yahtzee table with 2 kids, Wii Fit, painting/fingerpainting, reading area, and a writing area)
- Have a family Olympics complete with a 3-legged race, water balloon toss and kickball!
The bottom line here is that instead of trying to force school, sometimes you just need to step back--everyone--and do something educational and outside-of-the-box!
What are your ideas for tough homeschooling days?