Like many parents this fall, you may find yourself unexpectedly homeschooling your children. You may be drowning in Pinterest boards full of great homeschooling ideas, but not have the time to implement them. Enter the Substitute Teacher. We present to you homeschool activities someone else can do with your kids.
You need to tap into your community. We literally are all in this together. Perhaps you have friends who can help you by doing some lessons with the kids from their curriculum. Maybe it’s a far away grandparent who needs some ideas of how to spend educational time with their grandchildren. You could have a childless auntie or empty nesting neighbor who would be willing to help you get a break by doing some of homeschool activities with your sweeties. It doesn’t really matter who, because we have a list of great homeschool activities that other people can do with your kids!
These homeschool activities someone else can do with your kids are geared toward children who can read and above. Most can be done over video if you’re not quarantining with the people in your community who are doing the homeschool activities with your kids.
45 Homeschool Activities Someone ELSE Can Do With Your Kids
There are tons of easy ways to incorporate reading in your homeschool activities someone else can do with your kids.
- Read a book to the kids. Listen to them read to you.
- Send an article the kids might like. You could include questions they might answer after.
- Share a poem you love and talk about why you love it.
- Ask a question that requires a short piece of opinion writing. You could provide your own opinion as an example.
- Memorize a piece of literature or poetry together.
- Provide a graph and ask questions about the data. This is one of the homeschool activities someone else can do with your kids in a personal way (everyone you mutually know favorite desserts) or more scientifically (how many people voted from each state in 2016).
- Create a list of random household objects for them to measure and report back. Talk about different units of measurements and what makes sense in different contexts.
- Work on predictions, data collection, data analysis. You could keep track of how much your favorite plant grows over time, how much rain you each get, how the trees in your yard are changing as you take a photo every day.
- Work through a recipe together.
- Create a budget with the kids. This could be project-based so they can save up for Christmas presents, or it could be future oriented trying to help them prepare for those adulting tasks.
- Create a story problem involving the student and some of your other favorite people.
- Use dice or decks of cards to run math drills.
- Learn about the human body together. Choose a body system to work on for the week or month.
- Talk about the birds, plants, or other animals you can find in your local area.
- Use Netflix Party to watch a nature documentary together. Or just watch together while on Facetime.
- Read a magazine such as Ranger Rick or Muse together. These subscriptions make great Christmas gifts from grandparents too (hint, hint!)
- Do an easy science demonstration or experiment together. Science is found all around us so it’s a simple subject to use for homeschool activities someone else can do with your kids.
- Sing a song. It could be an original or a favorite. Lyric analysis can be great too!
- Write poetry together.
- Write letters to each other.
- Interview the student, and then have the student ask you the same questions.
- Have a spelling bee. Lists of words are easy to find all over the internet divided by ages.
- Re-learn how to diagram a sentence and practice doing it together.
COMMUNITY: OUT and ABOUT
- Write or tell about a time you were civically engaged. Maybe you attended a protest, launched a letter-writing campaign, made a phone call to your local politician, or joined the neighborhood watch. Why did you do it and how did you do it?
- What are your favorite ways to serve your community? Why do you do it?
- Talk about a controversial local government decision that impacted you.
- Remember following a recipe to work on math? Take the muffins you made to the police or fire station, or to a retirement home. Obviously, call first for COVID-19 policies.
- What are your favorite ways to help the environment?
- Help them create a poll and work with them to analyze results. Perhaps you want to poll people on what to make for dinner from three options, or the perfect family vacation. This data could also be graphed (math integration 🙂 ).
- Ask a question that requires kids to “research” and report back. For example, how would you care for an unusual pet, such as a llama?
- Have a discussion about a topic of your choice. Give the kids the topic ahead of time so they can think about it before you chat.
- Volunteer to be an audience member for a prepared or impromptu presentation.
- Discuss current events. This could start with an article or news podcast. CNN 10 is a great YouTube show to discuss.
- Talk about primary and secondary sources. For example, you could talk about your childhood journals versus reading an article about the 80’s on Wikipedia.
- There’s plenty to talk about with the election process, the voting age, your voting experience, and favorite presidents throughout history. See if you can explain the electoral college.
- Find a picture of your favorite piece of artwork and write or explain why you love it. Artist background information would be great!
- Listen to some piece of classical music together. See if you can find out more information about it.
- Talk current or past fashion. Look at vintage photos on the internet and see if you can identify the decade by the styles they wore.
- Simply sit and color while chatting.
- Do a YouTube art lesson together. Art for Kids Hub is a great place to start.
- Talk about your family’s ancestry. Where do they come from? Make a family tree. Incorporate map work.
- Research and discuss local history.
- Create a top 10 list of your favorite movies from childhood. Now is a great time to introduce our children to some “classic” films.
- Read about a famous historical person together. Reading about the people who lived in a time period and historical fiction are ways to make history attainable and interesting and make for fun homeschool activities someone else can do with your kids.
- Incorporate children’s books into familiar holidays or seasons. For instance, read an “I Survived” book around September 11th or find out how Halloween has changed over the years.