• Research, Missions. Make your own calendar or plan, listing one country a week. After checking what country is listed on the calendar for that day, find it on the globe and pray for the people there. Have your children do research and report on that country after they point it out on the globe.
  • Games. We have used "Where in the World" and "Take Off."
  • Literature. Read books such as Hans Brinker (The Netherlands) or Treasures of the Snow (Switzerland). An event in the news can spark a study on a country or area of the world.
  • History. Geography will be related to historical studies. While studying English history we read books about England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Always find the country that you are reading about on a globe.

Math

  • Focused Attention. It is important that parents give their children focused attention. This does not always come easily, even for homeschoolers. Math "class," especially for younger students, is an excellent time for giving this focused attention. Put the baby down for a nap, and send the other children off to work on their own while you spend special time with one of your children. I don't know if I've ever felt closer to our youngest as his smiling brown eyes looked into mine, wondering if his answer was correct. Remember, when it takes a little more time to get them to understand, instead of getting frustrated and short tempered, demonstrate patience and let this be a special time and be sure to praise them when they get it right!
  • Speech. Do oral math with your children. Have them speak the problem and solution in complete sentences and with proper diction.

Nature Study

  • Family Time. Many of us live in beautiful locations where there are free educational opportunities in abundance! Go outside, open your eyes and see! Get your children sketchbooks. Sit in a secluded spot (one child at a time works best for this) and let the richness of creation pour in. Whenever you go on an outing, have a sketching time as part of that outing. Art school students are never without their sketchbooks!
  • Drawing Sketch or record what you are seeing. We use nature guides to help us identify animals and plants. Check with your state Game and Parks Commission for nature guides for your locality. Our children certainly can identify more than I could when I was their age! This is an example of learning along with your children.
  • Literature, Language Arts. Read literary nature books, and have your children keep a nature diary as did the naturalist and writer, John Burroughs.

Other Combinations

  • Combine vacations with studies by reading about deserts (mountains, the seashore, etc.) before visiting that area and that area's museums.
  • Study artists and art history before visiting art museums.
  • Study local history and spend a lot of time at local museums.

As you homeschool, you will discover your very own combinations that will save time and make homeschooling easier and more enjoyable!

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Andrew and Lorraine Curray have homeschooled their four children since 1989 and have three graduates to date. Lorraine is the author of the best-selling book Easy Homeschooling Techniques and Easy Homeschooling Companion See free copywork, articles, chapters, and checklists at http://www.easyhomeschooling.net/homeschooling.html

This article was originally published in the Sep/Oct '05 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more details, visit http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com To request a free sample copy, visit http://homeschoolenrichment.com/magazine/request-sample-issue.html