Children (and adults) naturally want to learn more about the subjects that interest them. We can incorporate fun into our homeschools by incorporating those hobbies that already interest them into their school days and often into other subjects that they might not have a natural interest.
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One of the hobbies that we first incorporated into our homeschool was Legos. My son adored anything related to Legos and I began to use them often. He would play with them while I read aloud, it kept his hands busy and his mind focused on the book. Then we used them for him to make projects related to history and science. He created the Great Pyramids of Giza the year that we studied Ancient Egypt and even won a ribbon when he entered them into a competition at the fair. Later he built a model of Tryon Palace that was displayed at the history museum. I have even seen them used for fractions and other math concepts.
Tying into the Lego concept, a newer hobby that we have incorporated into our school is stopmotion video. My son uses a kit from Stopmotion Explosion and his Legos to make videos about history or science. This is a great way for them to share what they are learning or to encourage them to do a little more research to get information for a video.
Science tends to come to life when it can be hands on and active. To help add fun to our science we have incorporated several hobbies that are science based. My children, especially my boys, love gardening. They can learn about plants, insects, composting, seasons, and so much more just through the garden without ever even looking at a formal textbook. We also enjoy bee keeping and have several hives in our backyard. This also gives my children a chance to learn in a real-life way and encourages them to be more aware of pollinators and other insects.
Art and music are subjects that sometimes get pushed to the side or left out due to time constraints. I am as guilty of that as any mom, but I have been working on doing a better job of included those subjects because my children are very interested in them. I can incorporate them into our other studies in various forms. For example, my son enjoys drawing and I can have him show me what he learned in science by drawing a picture of the concept. My daughter has really gotten into music since she began playing the violin. She recently enjoyed collecting songs that went along with the history program that we were studying. A child could also create a song to help them remember math facts or science terms. Bible study is another great place to incorporate music, through hymn studies or songs to help memorize scripture.
When we can weave things that our children enjoy into our other homeschool subjects, we can make those subjects more fun. While I am the first to admit that sometimes you just need to do the work because it is important information, I try to incorporate fun ideas whenever possible. Just like in real life, I may not enjoy mopping the kitchen floor but it is always better when I turn on some music or a podcast. What hobbies do your children enjoy that you could weave into your homeschool day? For help with encouraging hobbies you can check out our post from this spring: Exploring Hobbies on a Time and Money Budget.
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Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag – Adding Fun to Your Homeschool Day
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Lori @ At Home Where Life Happens – Learning Life Skills
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling – Homeschooling the High School Years
Monique D. @ Early Learning Mom – Homeschooling With Autism
Yvie @ Homeschool On the Range – 5 Days of Upper Grades Homeschooling
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Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase – Roadschooling with a Teenager
Yvonne @ The Life We Build – 5 Days of Relaxed Homeschooling
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Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together – A Peek into Our Homeschool
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Patti Pierce – Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy – My Favorite Homeschooling Things
Wendy @ Life on Chickadee Lane – 5 Days of Nature Study
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8 thoughts on “Adding Fun to Your Homeschool: Incorporating Hobbies”
my son actually gets quite offended if I try to pull his “fun stuff” into an educational context so as much as I would like to… it’s not worth the battle.
These sound like so much fun! I love that the making of movies is something that your son can do to share what he is learning.
I agree that it is super important to include their hobbies and interests. In many ways, though, I personally try to keep them separate so that it doesn’t feel required. I think it is fabulous that you all have so many things that come along that work well for you.
Some very good ideas here! My daughter was always happy to have a chance to use her art hobby to express things she learned in history or science. Once my kids were high school age, I worked with them to find ways they could legitimately earn credits as they pursued their hobbies or interests.
We are looking forward to tailoring my son’s high school courses to his interests.
Great post, Dawn. We, too, are trying to fit in our son’s interest in his high school years. It makes things more interesting for him while gaining knowledge and developing his talents. Congratulations on your son’s achievements. Cool Lego structures! 🙂