Sometimes our homeschool days get repetitive. We fall into the same routine and from time to time start to lose my kids’ interest. That’s when I know it’s time for bringing lessons to life.
Despite my constant attempts to have school time full of activities, creativity, and learning fun, sometimes I still just can’t seem to keep my kids’ attention. We’ve spent the past few weeks learning about Africa and just had a few little tidbits to finish up. I could tell they were drifting. I could sense small minds wandering. All the hands-on stuff I had planned and it still wasn’t cutting it! I looked down at our lesson on Jane Goodall and knew it needed something more. So I ran upstairs and grabbed a hat, my coat, a pair of binoculars, and a monkey puppet. When I came back to the school room I was no longer Mom…I became Jane Goodall.
I introduced myself in my best British accent (my best is really sad by the way!) and told just a bit about who I was. I also introduced my chimp and let the kids pat him on the head. They asked questions, we chatted, I managed to naturally squeeze in all the bits of information from my lesson plan, and voila–mission accomplished! Bringing our lesson to life made all the difference!