There are a lot of pros and cons when it comes to sending your child to traditional school or homeschooling them. When it comes to homeschooling, there’s aspects of worrying about lesson plans and socialization. With traditional schooling, there’s stresses with choosing the right school and the different influences your child may be exposed to. For us, travel was another huge factor to think about. After a lot of consideration Kyle and I have decided to homeschool Brexton, at least to start. We may opt to put him in a three day a week school which is pretty popular in our area or figure out something else with time but for the current moment we feel confident that this is the best decision for him and our family.
One of the biggest things that drew me to homeschooling was the freedom to create my own curriculum tailored just to Brexton! Being a boy, he loves things that are super hands on, challenging and fun! We have dedicated lesson plans but when your brain is always in homeschool learning mode I try to make every activity he does involve some type of learning! Also let’s be honest, all kids tend to pay more attention when learning is fun.
The general breakdown of our lessons are a 20-30 minute custom paper packet that I created by mixing and matching many workbooks together, a science or art project, time on a learning computer program and then a skill. I’ll admit art is not my strong suit but if it’s fun and messy I know it’ll be perfect for Brex! Brexton has known his colors for awhile but I thought a fun way to teach him about mixing primary colors would be with a paint slip n’ slide!
I purchased a couple clear shower curtains along with red, yellow and blue paint and a bunch of plain white t-shirts. Hammer the shower curtain into the grass with stakes, then squirt your two primary colors onto the shower curtain and let your kiddo dive head first on it like a slip and slide. Or roll around, spin, dance whatever they want to do- the messier the better! We did blue and yellow for green, red and yellow for orange and blue and red for purple. It’s so visual for the kids to see the colors next to each other on the shower curtain and then watch them blend together literally on them! It seriously was so cute how excited Brexton got over this. I’ll let the photos do the talking. Just make sure you change shirts for each color blend.
This was such a fun learning activity for Brexton! It sure was messy, but totally worth that smile on his face plus he was learning while having fun! Bonus. I hope you all enjoy and as always, let me know if you try this! I can’t wait to see photos 🙂