I will be honest–some homeschooling days are rough. A late start, a messy house, a to-do list a mile long, three kids going in three directions, and a dreamy vacation just days away were a few boulders in my mountain of a Wednesday today.
How did I make it through hump day?
I deviated from my plans. Sure we made it through our math and language arts but instead of completing a science experiment that I did not feel like preparing, I quickly turned to the Internet. I remembered that today was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech. His famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. The very steps we stood on as a family three years ago. By bringing out our DC vacation pictures and connecting them with this historical event, I was able to grasp their interest.
We watched videos of the March on Washington 50 years ago and current footage of the current March. A poignant video we watched was of a lady who just recently discovered she had been photographed at the March 50 years ago when she was 12 years old. National Archive Video
We also read a brief biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks from K12reader and both kids completed a paragraph on their dream or vision for the world. It was heartwarming to discuss and hear the innocence of my children articulating their desires for peace.
Today brought forth terms such as race, culture, civil rights, boycott, the National Archives, NAACP, and theology. Through a quick Internet search I was able to quickly gather information for us to have an engaging discussion and activity.
How can this help you?
Do not get discouraged if you are having an “off” day. Change things up. Be flexible. Gauge your children’s interests. Do not be afraid to stray from your lesson plan or curriculum. As you can see, I frequently deviate from plans to bring in current events or focus on their interests in the moment. Sometimes the plan is there is no plan. And that is when my kids appear to be the most engaged in their learning.