School Holiday Activities

school holiday activitiesSchool holiday activities are not something that we really have to worry about in our household as my kids seem to find things to occupy themselves, but for many families finding something to keep the kids occupied during the holidays is important. In many Australian states first term has just ended and families are starting two weeks of holidays. During this time, there’s nothing worse than to hear those dreaded statements – “I’m bored”, “What can I do?” or “There’s nothing to do”.

Only three days into this school holidays we’ve already undertaken a bushwalk and started a jigsaw puzzle. We’ve also got a few other things planned for the remaining days. If you are looking for some school holiday activities I’ve put together a few ideas below. Continue reading

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Importance of self-directed play

girl_fairy self-directed playAside from the fact that it gives me time to do my own work, the benefits of my children undertaking self-directed play are enormous. As I home school my children, we spend nearly all day, every day together and whilst I love spending time with them, I would struggle if I had to keep them constantly occupied each day. It is in this regard that I am thankful that my two girls have the ability, imagination, inspiration and motivation to occupy themselves and play together.

As we come into winter their ability to undertake self-directed play will become more important. We live in an area where winters are long, wet and very cold. Outdoor play is often short-lived or not achievable at all for days on end. Indoor play is often our only choice to keep our kids active and thankfully electronic devices are not high on their entertainment list.

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Math Activities for Kids

math activities

The subject my daughter least enjoys in our home schooling curriculum is math. Whilst she is quite competent for her age, math is the subject that holds her attention the least. As a way of ensuring that her home schooling days remain interesting, I’ve had to look at a variety of math activities to help with her math curriculum.

As a home schooling parent I prefer to find activities that utilise items that are available in our home. The following math activities are just some of the ones we enjoy playing.

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Memory Games for Children

As we homeschool our children, I’m always looking for new activities to break-up the routine of our daily lessons. One area of activity that we often enjoy are memory games.

memory games

Memory games require observation, concentration and help develop and promote a child’s memory. The development of memory skills can help with learning processes and improve a child’s ability to concentrate.

These are a few that we enjoy.

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