At our house we hit what I call "Homeschooling Burnout" about once a week. That's when we change things up and play games!!!
One item we are never out of in this house is shaving cream. This is easily used to teach penmanship, spelling and math. My Mom, who was my teacher from 5th grade thru high school, taught us in a variety of ways how to have fun while learning. She's who showed me how to use shaving cream to keep things from getting boring. You simply cover a table with a plastic table cloth if you would like. Then spray a nice size pile of shaving cream...NOT GEL... I usually use the cheap Barbasol kind. Next you simply smooth it out and now you have a tablet for writing and drawing that can be easily "erased" by wiping it smooth again and again. It will get messy.... but it easily washes off clothes and wipes up without much effort at all! =)
|My 4 yr old tracing before shaving cream time.|
|Practicing one of her spelling words- city|
|drilling math facts|
The main reasoning behind this post is to get you to just think outside the curriculum, worksheets, and manuals when writing your lesson plans. Look for ways to use an everyday fun thing or a game to teach a new concept or review. I feel there is a time for worksheets and tests, but my unschooling background keeps me looking for different and fun ways to incorporate a subject into a game.
Remember Learning Can and Should Be FUN!!! =)