Cold weather is here, and that means it’s time for warm PJs, cups of cocoa, and cuddling around the fire. One of the benefits of homeschooling is the ability to wear those pajamas later into the morning, drink cocoa at noon, and stay around the fire a bit later even though it’s a school night.
Even better than that, all of this snuggling can be done while sneaking in a bit of learning, meaning your fall family time can count as school. Try these six simple snuggle-schooling ideas the next time you’re too cozy to move off the couch and change into real clothes.
Read a Book
This is the most obvious idea on the list, but it is a solid one, and simply had to be included. There is nothing quite like curling up with a good book on a chilly day, and whether you choose to read individually or as a group, you can bet your kids will be learning all kinds of new things. Best of all, this activity can be done with a mug of cocoa or hot tea in hand.
Play a Game
Board games are one of the most fun ways to squeeze a bit of extra education into your day. Scrabble, Boggle, and Bananagrams all help with reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills. Meanwhile, games like Ticket to Ride and Pay Day make math fun.
Turn on the TV
Yes, you heard right. Why not use your TV for school? There are plenty of incredibly educational shows, movies, and documentaries out there. By viewing the TV as tool rather than a distraction, you will be enriching your child’s educational experience tremendously while also grabbing a bit of extra snuggle time.
Some crafts are not couch worthy. However, that doesn’t mean no crafts can happen while you relax under a blanket. Try teaching your little ones to knit, crochet, or cross stitch. They will be learning valuable skills and practicing math and problem solving skills while also getting quality time with you on a comfy couch.
Hand out the Tablets
Another device that is often looked down on by parents is the tablet. However, we find that these personal screens can be quite handy when used for schooling purposes. Apps such as Teach Your Monster to Read, DragonBox, and even an updated version of Oregon Trail make learning fun, and all can be played in the living room.
Pull Out the Legos
Almost every kid loves Legos.They are a very versatile toy, meaning they encourage creative thinking and problem solving. Additionally, they are perfect for teaching kids about counting, fractions, patterns, simple machines, and more. Best of all, Legos can be played with anywhere in the house.
Of course, these are just some of the ways to learn on chilly fall days. Writing and painting are also great cold day activities. Both can be learned at The Loop and even in PJs if you like. Be sure to check out our class schedule page for more info.