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Snowman Treats to Try

 

Do you wanna build a snowman? Having a snow day in your homeschool — or just wish you were? You can add some snowy fun to your day with these yummy Snowman Treats to Try. They would be perfect for winter birthday parties or as a “just for fun” winter snack. You can even count the time making them as homeschooling while you’re measuring, cooking, and practicing life skills together.

Fun & creative yummy Snowman Treats to try making with the kids this winter! hsbapost.com

Snowman Treats to Try

  1. Gingerbread Snowman Sugar Cookies
  2. Snowman Breakfast
  3. Snowmen Oreo Pops
  4. Snowman Milk Chugs
  5. Nutter Butter Snowman Cookies
  6. Snowman Pretzels
  7. Snowman Cookie Pops
  8. Snowman Pancakes
  9. Snowman Hot Chocolate
  10. Snowman Popcorn Cups
  11. Snowman Rice
  12. Snowman Cottage Cheese
  13. Snowman Party Poppers
  14. More Snowman Pretzels
  15. Easy Snowman Cookies

Have fun!

 

 

Sara (142 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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7 Ways to Include Children in Household Chores

 

Keeping the house clean and organized is a never-ending battle, at least at our house. When you homeschool and work-at-home, home becomes classroom, office, art studio, library, and science lab. We always seem to be in the middle of several projects at once. That’s why it’s important to include life skills like household chores as part of our homeschool days.

Are you struggling trying to get your children involved in household chores? Or perhaps your children WANT to help with chores, and you aren’t sure which tasks are appropriate. If you are looking for ways to make the chore process something everyone can take responsibility in, take a look below at 7 ways to include children in household chores. Getting the whole family involved doesn’t have to be a struggle, and it can in fact be quite rewarding for all.

7 ways to include children in household chores ~ hsbapost.com

7 Ways to Include Children in Household Chores

1.  Create a visual chore chart.

A chore chart can help children see what is expected of them, and they can even track their progress on such a chart. List their jobs (or include photos for younger children) and let them check off jobs as they are done. Stickers or a small treat at the end of the week makes a great reward as well. There are lots of chore chart options, including one like this dry erase board:

 

2. Create a basket of kid friendly supplies.

Create a small bucket or basket of kid friendly and safe cleaning supplies for kids to use. Give them scrubber brushes, sponges, dusting wipes, and other items they are capable of using. They will like having their own little bucket of supplies like mom and dad. You can even put their name on it!

3. Model your expectations.

Simply saying, “sweep the kitchen” isn’t enough instruction for a child. Be sure to model what you expect out of them. Show them how you get the broom from the closet, how you start at one end of the kitchen and go to the other, and how you discard the crumbs you sweep up. Then, show how you return the broom to the closet. By having a visual demonstration, they can better accomplish the job and understand it.

4. Start by assigning children jobs in their own space.

A great place to start giving chores is in their own bedroom. This way they can take ownership of the space and enjoy their hard work when done. Simple jobs such as making the bed, picking up laundry, and picking toys up off the floor are perfect for chore newbies. A cleaning flip chart like Zone Cleaning for Kids or Bedroom Cleaning for Kids might help you with this.

Bedroom Cleaning for Kids flip chart

 

5. Motivate with music.

Music is a great way to motivate children to do chores. Who doesn’t like dancing while they dust? Put on some fun tunes to make the job go quickly. If you have to clean, you might as well have fun while you are doing it.

Veggie Tales Sing-Along and Silly Songs are some of our favorites. Try these for fun:

 

 

6. Explain why we have chores.

Things don’t always make sense to kids, so understanding why we need to have chores and keep a tidy house may be confusing. Explain to kids why chores are so important, and why taking care of our space is so essential. You can even talk about what would happen if no one cleaned up after themselves. If they see a need and reason behind chores, they will be more apt to do them and care for the space they live in.

7. Behold the power of praise.

When you see your child perform chores without being asked, praise them. Praise them for a job well done and for caring about their space and their belongings. Praise is a powerful motivator and a great way to encourage them to keep up the good work.

If you are ready to get your children more active with household chores and tasks, consider this list of suggestions. You might find they are perfect for helping kids not only get involved in the process, but understand it a little better as well.

 

How do you include your kids in household chores?

Sara (142 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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5 Proven Places for More Successful Homeschool Spaces

5 Proven Places for More Successful Homeschool Spaces | The Homeschool Post at hsbapost.com

I remember when I first started homeschooling. I spent a lot of time prepping our classroom. I wanted it to look just so. With a cute little school desk and shelves full of books with a cute little reading nook. You know, the perfect homeschool room. Because, if I had that, of course homeschooling would be successful.

Every summer, I spend a good week cleaning and updating that space a bit. Yet, every year I end up using the room more for storage than for actual homeschool learning. Why?

I think one reason is that if we have that perfect space, then we can prove we homeschool. It’s that whole lack of confidence in our decision that I revisit far too often. The reality of how our homeschool operates looks completely different and what I’ve learned over time is that it looks different for most homeschooling families as well.

Homeschooling is life learning. That means learning happens through life. With that what I see is that homeschool spaces are born out of your family lifestyle.

5 Places for Homeschool Spaces

5 Homeschool Spaces proven for Learning Success| The Homeschool Post at hsbapost.com

  1. The Dining Room Table
    This space is the most common sense learning space in the house. With mom often busy cooking, cleaning and taking care of other children, the dining room table is generally central to all that happens at home. So when kids are busy learning at the table, mom can have one eye on the homeschooling process and another on the pot of boiling water. It just makes the most sense.
  2. Learning on the Couch
    Maybe it’s a bit unexpected for newer homeschoolers, after all, the couch is where we relax. But, it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book, or watch educational videos on Netflix.
  3. In the Car
    Let’s face it, we are busy people. We often are traveling for classes, doctor appointments, service projects, co-ops or team sports. When you are rushing here, there, and yonder you might find that fitting in book learning time is difficult. But, who said learning has to happen behind the desk? Your kids are strapped in the seatbelts, sitting still and an open book makes perfect sense. Better yet, use the CD or MP3 Player and do some memory work or listen to audio books, or practice math drills as a family and before you know it, your 3 year old will be repeating their multiplication facts.
  4. In the Kitchen
    There is no better place to do science experiments than the kitchen counter. You have containers readily available, you have a heat source, you have a sink for water or for cleaning up. It just makes sense.
  5. At the Library
    Ok, this is a building with tables, comfy chairs and shelf after shelf after shelf of books of every sort, size and genre. Not to mention the digital media resources. It’s kind of a no brainer and you can find something for every member of the family. I’ve often stopped at the library for homeschool between stops when driving around town for classes, co-ops and field trips.

Bonus Space: I just have to tell you about one more amazing space.

Nature!
Get outdoors, go on a hunt, find treasures all around you as you explore nature with your kids. Whether you go on an insect hunt, or you find shells on the beach you can use nature as a springboard for learning. Natural learning at its best.

So are these homeschool spaces what you were expecting? Homeschool learning can happen anywhere, because life is learning. {Tweet That}

What are your favorite spaces for homeschooling?

 

 

Renée (26 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.


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