Lord have mercy. It is beautiful outside. The sun is shining, or sometimes a nice refreshing rain is falling and all we want to do is be outside. This seems to be the most difficult time of the year, the “almost done” period that coincides with the call of nature.
Time to get serious…
…and head outside! Now, not everything we do can be done outside. However, if it is possible, we will do it. Builder was having real trouble (insert much complaining and whining) with settling to work on his math and word work the other day. Almost losing it, I declared, “Let’s use sidewalk chalk!” A chorus of cheers followed. The magic of sidewalk chalk never ceases to amaze me.
I took the same old math worksheet and wrote the problems on the sidewalk/driveway. Builder hopped on his tricycle with chalk in hand and drove to each problem solving it quickly.
His word work was identifying complete and incomplete sentences. I simply wrote the words “incomplete” and “complete” on the driveway, read aloud the sentences, and Builder wrote the sentence number under the correct title. Once again the tricycle was involved in driving to and from each category.
Princess also did her math via sidewalk chalk. Her word work was not really conducive to working on the pavement, but a clipboard and sitting on the porch worked just as well.
Another example of springtime adapting…Builder is working on putting together our family tree for social studies. He has been gluing pictures of each person, copying down birth/death dates, etc. We have now switched it up a bit. He is learning to handle old documents such as old obituaries, or birth/death certificates and has become a “History Hunter”! He finds the required information and anything he deems interesting about the person and records it. To change it up a bit, today we decided to hop in the van and go find his great grandparents burial site. Having the grave-site in town helps. Now we are planning field trips to other states to find other family members grave-sites. This was just another way to break the monotony, getting outside in the name of learning, growing, and exploring.
This is the time when creative juices must flow to keep on keeping on! Even the smallest changes keep things fresh.
Your Turn ~ How do you deal with spring fever in regards to homeschooling?