Yum: A Bite-Sized and Nourishing Homeschooling Strategy

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Daydreaming is underrated.
  • Thirty minutes of reading aloud from picture books or chapter books or nonfiction books or anything really (cookbooks, instructions, newspaper articles). Child’s choice. During this time kids can sit on a lap and listen, or draw, act out the story, do somersaults on the floor, whatever floats their boat. Feel free to stop and discuss as you go, or answer questions when they come up. It is fine to reread a book many times, or access new reads from your public library’s eBook collection. Oh, and graphic novels and listening to audiobooks count as reading.
  • Thirty minutes of playing a game. A board or card game can be completed in one sitting, or you can leave it set up and return to it for days or even weeks. Many parlor games don’t require any equipment at all. Or maybe an outside yard or sidewalk game is called for to burn off some steam (given you can maintain social distancing).
  • Thirty minutes of making something, or learning a new skill. Maybe this will be cooking or baking. Maybe it will be learning to sew. Maybe it will be concocting homemade playdough. Maybe it will be building with blocks or sticks. Maybe it will be playing music or singing together. Maybe it will be doing the laundry or starting seeds for the garden. Share an interest or skill you have, or ask your child to teach you something.
  • Family A wakes up, completes 90 minute schedule, rest of the day is spent as each wishes.
  • Family B members wake up at different times, eat breakfast randomly, pursue varying interests or obligations over the course of the day, make dinner together, play a game after dinner, and then read aloud before bed.
  • Family C wakes up, makes and eats breakfast together, disperses to work or play, reconvenes to eat lunch and play a game, disperses to work and play, reads aloud before bed.
  • Family D members wake up at different times, eat breakfast randomly, everyone gets busy and never convenes to read or make anything, or play a game. Don’t worry about it and see what tomorrow brings. It is fully possible that Family D’s kids are doing just fine without the planned 90 minutes, but having a soft spot for reading aloud, I hope they fit that in somewhere.

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Sophia, mother of two, is the ultimate homebody, and has supported families as a lay breastfeeding counselor, homeschool advocate, and green burial proponent.

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Sophia Sayigh

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Sophia, mother of two, is the ultimate homebody, and has supported families as a lay breastfeeding counselor, homeschool advocate, and green burial proponent.

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