This post is Part 4 in the “Homeschool Sanity Savers” series. Don’t miss the other posts:
- Part 1: Monthly Meal Planning, Monthly Shopping, Freezer Meals and the Crock Pot
- Part 2: Daily and Weekly Household Routines That Work for Your Family
- Part 3: 50 Ways to Manage Stress and Encourage Peace
- Part 5: How to Keep a Strong Marriage While Homeschooling (15 Bloggers Speak!)
I homeschool four kids.
And I am one person.
In my first few years of homeschooling, this used to drive me crazy. I knew that I couldn't be in more than one place at a time, and yet, often one child would need my help and I couldn’t help them because I was helping another one.
However, I have discovered one awesome trick for dealing with this issue: We have a learning activities station.
(picture it with a heavenly glow, won’t you?)
It’s nothing fancy (and it’s certainly not always neat). But it’s simply a place full of coloring books , reference books, playing cards, self-contained art projects, small games, puzzles, sticker books and the like, all arranged in whatever baskets I have available at the time. I used a shelf like this to gather the baskets together.
These are learning activities that the kids can pick up and put down easily. They’re things that keep their minds busy and their attention still focused on school.
And these little beauties give me a sense of breathing room and space on those days when I feel like I cannot be in enough places at once.
Our Learning Activities Station Rules
If the kids get stuck on an assignment, we first ask them to try really hard (especially if they are one of our older students) to figure it out themselves. This teaches perseverance and patience—two essential character qualities.
If they are still stuck, they know that, of course, I am glad to help them out. But they also know that if I’m helping another student, they can choose learning activities from the Learning Station to keep them busy.
That’s it! They stay focused and quiet while waiting for me, and I am able to keep my attention centered on helping one child at a time.
Which lowers the stress level in the classroom immensely.
Favorite Learning Activities for the Learning Station
Stock your learning station with whatever would interest your kids! Here are some of our family’s favorite learning activities for our learning station.
I’ve included puzzles, card games, coloring books, mini art projects, games and sticker books here (to name a few).
That’s it! I love this idea because it’s something that every mom can do, and every kid can benefit!
Kids get to take a short break from their studies (which sometimes even on its own is enough to help a kid understand a difficult assignment!); they get to do something fun (that’s still educational); and we moms feel like we’re not being torn in a thousand directions.
Now that’s a sanity saver idea!
Do you have a learning activities station in your homeschool area? If so, how does it help ease classroom tension? What are some of your kids’ favorite learning activities?
Share with us in the comments below!
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