Sometimes as homeschoolers we struggle with fitting in electives and enrichment activities and subjects – the extras. Well, in our house we call them the extras because they are the really fun part of homeschooling. The icing on the homeschool cake. The things we look forward to like art, nature study, music appreciation and more. But I feel strongly that mixing in a balance of enriching subjects makes for a happy child and a happy mama. A well educated child.
So today our authors are sharing with you their favorite resources for electives and enrichment. And we have also gathered together a basket full of extras to give away to one blessed Curriculum Choice reader!
What is included in our Electives and Enrichment Basket Giveaway?
1. A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook – Looking for an easy way to add art to your days? With A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook – just add chalk pastels and paper! This ebook includes art lessons that can be completed in 10-15 minutes; 100 pages of tutorials, photos, tips; 45 tutorials in all. For more details please see A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels.
2. One box of 24 chalk pastels.
3. Late Spring NaturExplorers Bundles from Shining Dawn Books – Spring is so full of life! Birds noisily fetch food for their young and teach them diligently to fly; wildflowers can be found just about anywhere you look; and signs of erosion abound after all the rain of early spring. Use this bundle to help you fully enjoy the wonders of spring with your children!
4. Copywork Quotes from the American Revolution- Have your child practice writing while copying famous quotes from the American Revolution. Quotes by Benjamin Franklin, John Adam, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and more.
5. Maestro Classics – My Name is Handel – “My Name is Handel includes a 24-page activity book included with the CD contains the history of the harpsichord and organ, words to a sing-along song, information about Handel’s life, puzzles, and more. MP3 download from Maestro Classics website includes a PDF of the activity booklet.”
More Resources for Adding Enrichment to Your Homeschool
Five Days of How to Fit in All the Homeschool Extras including declaring an ‘Extras Day’, the extras within sight, time management and more. “There just might be some of us pulling along a big bag of guilt for not getting to certain things in our homeschool. Do you have curriculum still sitting on your shelf – yet to crack it open? It’s okay.”
How to Fit in All the Extras and Survive A schedule, of sorts, for the extras “We sort of have certain days of the week we enjoy the extras: Every day, while the children eat lunch, I read Manners Made Easy. Also sometimes a Proverb and a selection from 365 Days of Celebration and Praise…”
One More Thing After Lunch “One more thing after lunch. One more thing after lunch. This is the one thing that really changed our homeschool. When the children were all little we could usually get most of our learning completed before lunch. As they grew and the needs of the age range grew as well, I struggled to fit it all in.”
Seasoned Mom Tip #1: Balance Academic and Project-Driven Learning: “Traditional Monday through Friday schedule with mornings for academics and afternoons for projects and exploring interests. This plan for homeschooling in high school allows a daily balance between academic learning and personal interests.”
Finding Time for Nature Study, Art, Music, Poetry and PE in High School: “Finding time for these subjects has provided the balance my boys crave in their high school years. These subjects provide a sort of a relief valve in their day.”
Nature Study: Struggling With Consistency and Focus: “Don’t feel you have to spend big blocks of time outdoors…everyone can spare fifteen minutes.” Includes a free nature study encouragement printable.
Battle Homeschool Boredom with Extras- “This is the time of year when we all seem to be feeling a bit burned out, uninspired and down right exhausted. Realize that as homeschoolers you do so much. Don’t let the midyear dull drums discourage you or keep your homeschool from soaring to new heights. Instead see it as a chance to breathe new life into your program.”
5 Easy Steps to a Unit Study– “Use the S~P~I~N~E method to build your our unit study with extras to boot! S=Select a Spine, P=Pick a Reader, I= Incorporate Subjects, N= Next Read Aloud, and E= End with a project.”
Reasons to Nature Journal– “Learning to do a nature notebook or nature journal is a process. You discover the best way to have a nature notebook by just getting out in nature, observing it and then recording what you see… You may only have a chance to do nature study once a week. But over a year or two you will have accumulated a wonderful collection of entries.”
Why We’ve Never Joined a Co-op – Many homeschooling families love co-ops, but such group learning has never worked for us. There are many reasons: logistics, time, distance, learning styles, and more. When I wrote this post two years ago, I thought we might soon join a co-op, but we never did. Instead, we explored other ways of adding enrichment to our homeschool:
Beyond the Basics: Making ‘Extras’ Work in Your Homeschool-When you focus on providing a rigorous education for your children, you are very busy. So are your kids. There seems to be little time and energy left for extras like life skills, personal projects, rabbit trails, art, music, nature, reading aloud, volunteering, and competitions. It is, however, important to find extras that will work for your family and to fit them into your homeschool.
Our Guidelines for Going Out– We use these guidelines when considering an out-of-the-home learning opportunity. This list has really simplified decision making for our family.
Why So Many Activities?- Years ago, I discussed the advantages for kids, parents, and families of being involved in fewer outside activities. This mindset has been a real blessing to our family.
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Special Discount Code for Curriculum Choice Readers!
Southern Hodgepodge is offering $5 off the purchase of A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels. Just use discount code CurriculumChoice at checkout. Offer good through 4/30/2013.
Now for the basket giveaway!
One reader will win the contents of the basket pictured above. (Basket not included). The box of chalk pastels and CD will be mailed to the winner (arriving in separate packages). All ebooks will be delivered via email to the winner.
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(1) Mad Scientist Basket from Milk and Cookies
(2)†”See the Light” Easter Art Basket from Classic Housewife
(3)†Tea Time Basket from See Jamie Blog
(4)†Butterfly Basket from Spell Outloud
(5)†Family Movie Night Basket from Jennifer A. Janes
(6) Pamper the Homeschool Mom Basket from Granola Mom 4 God
(7) Freezer Cooking Basket from Motherhood on a Dime
(8) Hodgepodge Basket from Hodgepodge
(9) Healthy Living and Fitness Basket from Forever, For Always, No Matter What
(10) Making Writing Fun Basket from This Reading Mama
(11) Coffee: Fuel for Homeschooling Moms Basket from Homeschoolin’ Mama
(12) Mom’s Quiet Time Basket from Upside Down Homeschooling
(13) Missionary Basket from Our Journey Westward
(14) Happy Mom Basket from Habits for a Happy Home
(15) Crafty Goodness Basket from Mamas Learning Corner
(16) Rejuvenate the Mom Basket from Spoonful of Imagination
(17) Beginner’s Math Manipulatives Basket from Meet Penny
(18) Welcome Spring: Gardening Basket from Abundant Life
(19) Healthy Living Basket from The Encouraging Home
(20) Mom’s Pampering Basket from Teaching Mama
(21) Kid’s Gardening Basket from Momma Hopper
(22) The Gift of Parenting Basket from Teachers of Good Things
(23) Preschool Crafts Basket from It’s Gravy, Baby!
(24) All the Extras – Electives and Enrichment Basket from Curriculum Choice
(25) Homeschool Mom Basket Case Basket from Classic Housewife
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