Top 100 Ways to Incorporate Learning
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Top 100 Ways to Incorporate Learning – Homeschooling Tips

Sometimes homeschooling can be a challenge. I don’t want to “school at home”. I want more. I want better. And learning can happen in so many ways other than a textbook. Today, I want to share 100 ways to incorporate learning in your every day for your children:

Math

  1. Offer chores with payment depending on difficulty and let them keep track of how much money is earned each day/week.
  2. At end of week (or month) have child total chores down and submit a request for payment.
  3. Set a budget. Determine percentages for charity, savings, and other expenses (which will vary depending on child’s age). I have had my children pay for their own cell phone use.
  4. Set a budget for meals for a day (or week) and let them plan the meals. Using a sales flyer is especially helpful. Give the money to them and let them purchase the groceries.
  5. Learn fun tricks to help you compute math problems faster.
  6. Watch movies or TV shows (Numb3rs is my favorite) that focus on math.
  7. Use play money and “play store”. Take household items and make price tags then allow them to go shopping. Take turns being cashier and shopper. (This is especially beneficial if you are the cashier and don’t give back correct change.)
  8. Allow your kid to play the banker in a game of Monopoly. Teach your children to play chess and they will build strategic thinking skills.
  9. Take inventory of toys or clothing. Teach them how to make use tally marks and then transfer that information to charts. (This is a great way to keep track of Lego building bricks!)
  10. Play Swat the Number.
  11. Learn about angles by learning origami.
  12. Complete a string art project. (Teaches angles and patterns)
  13. Set a budget and let the kids figure out how they would use the money to purchase Christmas presents for each other.
  14. Bake! Math is useful and fun in the kitchen. I never make it easy though, they must double or half the recipe.
  15. When baking, only have a teaspoon and tablespoon available. Convert any cup measurements to tablespoons and tablespoons down to teaspoons.
  16. Or use a recipe but list the measurements in grams and so they must be converted.
  17. Use sports statistics to calculate averages.
  18. Estimate how much something weighs (or its length) and see who’s estimate was the most accurate.
  19. Use toy cars and see the difference in how fast they travel when you make a ramp steeper. How much faster do they go if you attach a weight to the top of it? Does the steeper incline or the weight make the biggest difference?
  20. Go a trip. Calculate how far the trip is, how much gas is needed, and the cost of the trip.
  21. Download blank W-2 forms and 1040 forms. Make up W-2’s and then have your teen use the information to complete a 1040. Depending on their age (and your knowledge), you can make this as complicated as you know to verify the calculations.
  22. Check out this math trick and try to figure out why it always works…or try to find a number that doesn’t work.
  23. Fill a jar with jellybeans (or beads, or anything….) and estimate how many are in there.
  24. Play games. Some of our favorites are Equate (all operations),  and Zoom (multiplication).  We also own Bingo style games for every operation. We recently acquired Pet Me which is an adorable game to teach division.
  25. Dice games have to be given consideration. If you own the right dice, you can make up any math game that you can imagine! We have them for numbers, operations, fractions and place value.
  26. Solve Sudoku puzzles.
  27. Challenge each other to solve math riddles.
  28. Learn to count in another language.
  29. Compute the square footage of your home. Now measure each room. Draw a map of your home on graph paper and give the correct scale.
  30. See how many numbers of pi you can memorize.
  31. Find math videos on You Tube to watch together. (Numberphile is one of our favorites.)
  32. Memorize math mnemonics. (You remember Dear Aunt Sally, right?)

    Language Arts

  33. Go on a scavenger hunt to find something that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
  34. See how many words you can make using the letters from HAPPY THANKSGIVING (or any other combination of words).
  35. Keep a diary/journal.
  36. Write letters to grandparents or pen pals.
  37. Have them make their own party invitations and then write out the thank-you cards after the party.
  38. Make an I Spy Alphabet shaker.
  39. Copy down favorite recipes onto index cards to make their own recipe box.
  40. Learn calligraphy together. Or Chinese characters.
  41. Make up your own stories. You can write them down or even use a voice recorder. Later they can add illustrations.
  42. Play Mad Libs. Who knew there were so many available??!!
  43. Play Hangman. Or Scrabble.
  44. Participate in Nanowrimo.
  45. Join a book club. Or start your own.
  46. Learn mnemonics to remember spelling rules.
  47. Play your own version of Taboo. Get an object and eliminate the obvious descriptive words. Then challenge them to come up with new ways to describe the object without using the taboo words.
  48. Create a game by finding unusual words in the dictionary. Challenge each other with three definitions, one actual and two fake ones. See who can determine the real definition.
  49. Take books from your own personal library. Alphabetize them by title, then my author’s last name.
  50. Hold your own spelling bee.
  51. Memorize poems or Bible verses together as a family.
  52. Read books together. Take turns reading or give each person a character and they can make up voices and read every time that character speaks. (Or do this with an actual play.)
  53. Make up your own commercials. Write them down and then take turns recording each other.
  54. Read the world. Remember when your child first learned to read and they wanted to read everything?? (Ashley shares different ways to incorporate reading other than a book.)
  55. Write a haiku.
  56. Get a early reader and change the prepositions for the sentences and see how funny they can be. (Exampe: every time you read “in” substitute “over”, etc.)
  57. Practice writing in shaving cream or in a bowl of colored rice.
  58. Cut out the same letter in a magazine and see how many different fonts you can find. Or make your own “ransom” note using the letters.
  59. Play I Spy and try to use the most descriptive words.
  60. Create your own crossword puzzles.
  61. Read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and then try to make up your own story using the same pattern.
  62. Play grammar games together.

    History/Geography

  63. Take a popular song and make a parody. (Need inspiration? Check out the HistoryTeachers‘ You Tube channel.)
  64. Get a map of your state and mark any historical landmarks. I’ve mostly lived in the southeast and there are lots of battlefields and old cemeteries.
  65. Visit old cemeteries. See who can find the oldest headstone. Then the oldest person (Math too!!) See if you can match any headstones with battles during that time or near that location. We have a section of Civil War soldiers in our local cemetery. It’s sad to see quite a few marked “unknown soldier”.
  66. Read biographies during historical times that are of interest to you. (Language Arts too!)
  67. Interview senior citizens. Ask how life has changed since they were children.
  68. Use toy soldiers or Playmobils to reinact events.
  69. Memorize the order the colonies became states.
  70. Watch movies together that depict life in earlier times. I love Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables. My boys also love MASH and war documentaries.
  71. Go on field trips to working farms that might host Pioneer Days.
  72. Write different inventions down on index cards. Try to put them in the correct chronological order.
  73. Write famous people down on index cards and try to put them in correct order. This is interesting to see who was alive at the same time.
  74. Make time period costumes to wear when doing your history lessons.
  75. As you learn about different states, find a food that the state is known for and make it.
  76. Put together a USA puzzle.
  77. Watch Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago? (I think there’s also a PC game if you can find it.)
  78. Make a globe using paper mache. Paint on the continents.
  79. Play Bingo using states and capitals. Either call out the state and they have to match the capital on their card or vice versa.
  80. Plan a trip and use a map. Is it faster to drive or fly? What states will you drive through? What sites would you want to stop and visit if you drove? Find an alternate road to avoid interstates.
  81. Geneology – make a family tree. See how far back you can go. Are there any famous people? (My husband is related to Norman Schwarzkopf and Miles Standish.)

    Science

  82. Plant a garden from seeds.
  83. Pet sit. Or visit a veterinarian’s office.
  84. Plan a visit to a farm to view a live birth.
  85. Incubate fertilized eggs and watch them hatch.
  86. Visit a beekeeper and learn about bees.
  87. Memorize and quiz each other on the periodic table.
  88. Memorize order classification.
  89. Go on a nature walk and try to identify native plants. Take a magnifying glass and get up close to nature.
  90. Go on a bug hunt and don’t be afraid to get messy.
  91. Go on a tree scavenger hunt to find different tree species.
  92. Science experiments! Find some online or subscribe to a monthly kit like Little Passport’s Science Expeditions Subscription or Steve Spangler’s Science Club (or BOTH!!)
  93. Make soap.
  94. Build an ant farm.
  95. Build an edible cell using different candy pieces. (There are several ideas on Pinterest. We actually made ours in Jell-O)
  96. Watch Magic Schoolbus, or read the books.
  97. Learn how important hand washing is by doing this germ activity.
  98. Order a kit and determine your blood type. Learn which one is “universal”.
  99. Purchase a Family Finder DNA kit (While I am writing this, Groupon has one on sale but you could probably search and find one if it’s no longer available.)
  100. Subscribe to magazines. (Ranger Rick, , and Kids’ Discover are some of our favorites.)

Read also: 11 Parenting Tips To Support Your Child’s Learning At Home

Read also: Unschooling: The Natural Way of Learning

I’m joining many other homeschool bloggers in posting 100 Things, be sure to check them all out.

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