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5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

 

Sensory bins have been a huge thing in many classrooms for the last few years, but especially for homeschoolers. However, not everyone uses them if they don’t believe their child has sensory issues. As a homeschooling parent you should definitely be using these in your homeschool regardless of sensory needs of your children. These reasons below are just the beginning of why you should begin using sensory bins for your homeschool classroom.

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5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

Encourages classification understanding.

Learning about classification applies in multiple parts of education. Sensory bins are excellent for children to understand how to sort, separate, and recognize items. They are a great way to have children sort colors, textures, like items, items that don’t belong, and even shapes. Since classification matters in math and science so much, it is a great tool not just for younger children but also grade school level classroom work.

Helps kids use all of their senses.

The senses are part of exploration, knowledge, and learning. Sensory bins obviously help your kids use all the senses, but this is also a super fun way to encourage them to recognize what senses they are using. Encouraging them to not just experience the sensory bins, but to note what senses they use to separate items and classify them is a great way to help them to really think outside the box. Kids don’t often think about how they are using not just their eyes to see food, but their sense of smell and taste to determine what something is. The same thing goes with their sense of touch and smell when they are working in a sensory bin.

Encourages calming in active children.

Kids that struggle with ADD, ADHD, or simply have a hard time focusing can really benefit from learning through a sensory bin. It gives them something hands on to touch and play with while they learn. You can even easily give your children sensory bins to work with while you are going over lessons, reading or asking them questions about what you have been covering. Utilizing a sensory bin throughout the classroom is great for kids who tend to struggle with staying still and concentrating. You can easily help them focus on the lesson by providing a sensory bin that is applicable.

Helps to incorporate all subjects in one location.

Sensory bins are amazing tools to bring all of your curriculum into one simple place. You can add math, science, history, and even language assignments all inside one bin for your kids to learn more about one subject. These are especially nice for unit studies on specific subjects or ideas. Choose items for your sensory bins that fit into each subject if possible. You can use counting, sorting, specific historical items for a subject, and even special specimens for science to create a great sensory bin that encompasses all of your class work in one location. You can take a look at the simple sensory bin we used in our ocean-themed study before our field trip to the aquarium. It was a great way to tie all of those learning concepts together!

Helps kids to follow directions.

If your kids struggle with following directions, sensory bins are an amazing tool. By giving them specific things to look for, sort and separate, you can easily create a manner of following directions that they will enjoy. This is really important as they move into other subjects where following directions impacts how they come up with an end result or answer. I love giving my kids a list of items to sort out or directions on how to use the sensory bin for our classwork. This keeps them occupied, learning and working on that direction following problem they often have in the early years.

Using sensory bins throughout your homeschool classroom will be a great way to help get your kids the hands-on education they need. It gives them an easy outlet to use their hands while learning, and allows them the sensory opportunity that many children need to truly understand concepts.

Do you use sensory bins in your homeschool?

 
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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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10 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschooling

 

Homeschooling is a wonderful opportunity to teach your children what they really need to learn, and in a way that is custom-tailored to their personalities and learning styles. However, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed and to try to take on too much at once, which can rob you of your joy. If you feel that your homeschooling experience is becoming too busy and stressful, then you should check out these 10 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschooling!

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10 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschooling

 

1. Reduce Materials

If you want to simplify your homeschooling, then one of the best ways is to reduce how many materials you use. Perhaps you can choose one resource or curriculum as a spine for your learning, along with a few educational websites and books from the library. If your bookshelves look like mine, maybe some decluttering is in order. Try digital homeschool resources to cut down on the need for storage space.

2. Make Lesson Plans Early

There’s nothing more stressful than having to come up with a lesson plan tonight for what you’re going to teach tomorrow. You’ll have a better experience, and be able to plan better, if you make your lesson plans or general course of study outline ahead of time.

3. Use A Homeschooling Binder

Use a homeschooling binder to organize your finished lesson plans, possible lesson ideas, things you want to remember, things you want to look into further, etc.

4. Have a Dedicated Homeschooling Space

A great way to simplify your homeschooling is to have a dedicated homeschooling space if you can. Use it to house the majority of your homeschooling supplies, and to give your kids a regular place to work.

5. Have a Consistent Daily Schedule

Having a daily schedule can be very helpful in simplifying your homeschooling! It helps your kids gauge how their day is going to go, and also allows you to better plan your day around your homeschooling time. The schedule doesn’t have to be a strict, by the hour type of schedule either. You can just break it down into flexible “before lunch” and “after lunch” time periods. Or find the routine that works for you on a consistent basis.

6. Unschool

Rather than following strict lesson plans, have you considered unschooling? Unschooling is perhaps one of the most flexible and simplified types of homeschooling. It allows your children to follow their own interests and curiosities and learn from them, rather than following a direct lesson plan. It’s a wonderful way to develop a love for learning in your child! We use delight-directed learning in our homeschool.

7. Reduce How Many Subjects are Covered Daily

You’ll easily stress yourself out if you’re trying to engage your child in a dozen different subjects within one day. Instead, have a few core topics you cover daily, and then include other topics every once in a while.

8. Let Your Children Work Alone

If they’re old enough, leave your children alone to work on their lessons. If they need help with something, they’ll know where to find you. This will help them learn to be independent workers, and will give you the time to work on some of your own things.

9. Give Your Children a Notebook

Rather than you being the only one who knows the lesson plan for the day, why not share it with your children as well? Give them a notebook, and every day write down their lessons. Your kids will likely enjoy being able to see their school day at a glance, and it’ll keep them from having to keep asking you what they should work on next.

10. Be Forgiving Of Yourself

Not every day will go as planned. That’s fine. One of the many benefits of homeschooling is that you can take the time to adjust, or to make up for lost time. In the end, your kids will learn everything they need to, so don’t fret the small stuff and forgive yourself the less than perfect days.

How do you simplify your homeschooling?

 

 

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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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11 Brain Breaks For Your Homeschool

 

In the course of a school day you may need one, two, or more brain breaks to give the brain rest and keep happy attitudes flowing. Here are 11 ideas for brain breaks for the kids as well as you!

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11 Brain Breaks For Your Homeschool

  1. Dancing– A great way to blood flowing, shake out the sillies, and wake up! Sitting at a desk for hours on end is no fun. Chances are that is one of the reasons you decided to home school. A quick search on Pinterest will yield tons of great dance videos.

  1. Exercise– This can be a brisk walk around the block, yoga, jumping jacks, or running in place next to the desk. Like dancing, exercise can get the blood pumping and give tired little brains a shot of much-needed vitality.

  2. Card Games– One of our favorite brain breaks is to play a quick game of Go Fish or Uno, we enjoy a few minutes together as mom and kids instead of teacher student and it puts us all in a good mood.

  1. Board Games– You want simple, cooperative games that are reasonably quick to play so that it is not so hard to get back into the rhythm of your day. While not a traditional board game, Spot It! it is one we really enjoy because it’s fast and fun.

  1. Snacks– Sometimes we take a brain break by preparing a simple snack to enjoy. Not only does it give us a chance to change gears and refresh but also refuel so we can continue without growling bellies and distracted minds. Choose something healthy rather than a sugar laden treat- apples and peanut butter, homemade granola bars, ½ turkey sandwich, or nuts for brain food!

  1. Listening time– Quiet time, with slow music on a lower volume is just the thing to restore and calm the minds of parents and children. Jazz, classical, worship -something that settles instead of riling them up may be what you both need. Tchaikovsky is a great choice!

  1. Coloring– If your child enjoys coloring or drawing provide a new medium that they don’t typically get to use everyday- chalk, oil pastels, watercolor, finger paint (even for older children this can be fun). Don’t make it a structured art lesson but rather free time to create as they please. Even parents can enjoy coloring for relaxation.

  1. Chores– Now of course sending your child to scrub the toilet is not going to be the best way to get them to do more schoolwork willingly. But you can use quick chores to break up the day. Have a race to put away 10 items, spend 5 minutes tidying up the classroom, have them clean the blackboard/dry erase, make baskets into the trashcan with discarded paper. Keep it fun and minimal work and you will find willing helpers. {Read more about ways to get your kids to help with chores.}

  1. Play dough– While your child thinks they are just playing and taking a break from schoolwork they are really building up fine motor muscles and developing creativity. Keep a can and a couple of simple tools on hand to break out when you can tell they need a little something fun to do. {Check out my recipe for Frozen-inspired homemade glitter play dough.}

  1. Videos– I am not saying pop them in front of the TV for a 3 hour marathon, but a funny 5 minute video clip on YouTube may be just the thing to jump you into the second half of your school day.

  2. Breathing exercises– This is especially helpful if you or your child are becoming frustrated and need a cool down break. Have them close their eyes, picture something pleasant like a field or the beach, and breathe slow and deep.

What creative brain breaks do you work into your homeschool days?


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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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