New to homeschooling, stuck for ideas or just wanting to see what other families do? Here’s our favourite homeschool activities.
We are lucky in that we have visited some of the world’s best museums from the Natural History Museum in London to Te Papa in Wellington. Issy’s favourite is the Milton Keynes Museum. She loves the Victorian school exhibition.
One of my favourite museum experiences was our Dinosnores stay at the Natural History Museum. It was roarsome!
We have always supported our local library. Issy was devastated that in her lifetime they may no longer exist.
As well as being great places to borrow books we find they are also great, cheap spaces to spend time away from home. We recently spent almost two days in the Davenport library.
Free Walking Tours
Whilst not technically free, they are tip-based tours of cities and are my favourite way of getting an overview of a city. We’ve done them across the world and they are a brilliant way to get the local’s perspective on a place or area.
They are a great educational tool for all ages. I’ve learnt so much even in places I thought I knew. Issy loves them because it’s someone else doing the teaching, you are exercising as you go, and the tour guides tend to be engaging. They like having her because she asks different questions like “how many arches does the Colloseum have?” It’s amazing how much she’s retained. 6 months and several countries later she still remembers the story of the Bruges dragon.
Issy is a naturally active and adventurous child (some may say hyperactive). Before, we set off travelling she did ballet, tap and jazz, and swimming.
Whilst we’ve been travelling she’s learnt new games such as badminton and table tennis, ventured up various climbing walls, swum in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean Sea, skied the Southern Alps and kayaked round the Abel Tasman.
However, it doesn’t need to be so adventurous she loves throwing and catching a ball, climbing trees or skipping.
Parks and Playgrounds
We were exceptionally lucky in Milton Keynes because we had an abundance of green space and playgrounds for us to explore with Issy. Once Issy learnt to ride her bike one of our favourite activities was to pack up a picnic and go on park adventures to find new parks.
Whilst travelling we’ve found ourselves in some awesome parks. In Braga, Issy had a climbing wall to adventure round and within minutes she’d been invited to join the local climbing club. In Riga, we found a great little park with something for everyone; parkour tracks and an interactive football goal for the older ones, separate playgrounds for the younger ones and toddler, a running track and free Wi-Fi for the parents. However, I think my favourite to date has been Parque de los Familias in Almeria. This has zones based on the local area including a cinematography area where Issy spent hours playing the floor is lava.
The best thing about parks and playgrounds is they are free.
Since being on the road the Playground Buddy app has become my friend as it gives you the location of parks nearby.
Issy loves going to the beach. Whether it be body-surfing or swimming in the lagoon in South Africa or jumping over cliffs with Thatcher in Portugal Issy is at her calmest when she is on the beach.
Baking and Cooking
There’s no getting away from it most kids love cooking and baking because it involves mess. What they haven’t realised is that whilst they are having great fun they’ve also covered maths, science, literacy and learnt some life skills along the way.
Issy frequently helps with the dinner, chopping carrots, or making salads and at Christmas we continued our tradition of baking for the neighbours and took spiced biscuits round the campsite.
I love Lego. Issy will spend hours playing with it. She is incredibly creative building houses and lives around her Lego friend characters.
At the same time, I use it to help with her maths and literacy.
Cards and Board Games
Uno, Triominoes and Rumikub are the Burrows favourites. Whilst we are at Nana and Grandad’s in Wellington, we get three generations of the family round the table and it’s famously competitive but huge fun.
Like the lego, I also use the games we have for teaching maths.