Homeschooling in the Great Outdoors

The fourth weekend of June brings up a great opportunity for family fun time. What is it? The Great American Campout! I don’t know about you, but my family and I love spending time in the great outdoors. We camp a few times a year. And by camping, I don’t mean camper and electricity. I mean pitching a tent and really camping. Why? Because there is SO much that can be learned by spending time in the great outdoors.

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Making Family Read Alouds Fun!

Reading aloud together as a family is a great way to build family bonds. However, reading aloud is not always fun for mom and kids. The key to a successful family read aloud is making it fun for all involved. How can you do that?

Choose Wisely

Choose a book that everyone will enjoy. There are great classics out there that the whole family will enjoy.  Don’t choose a book that is over the youngest heads, but don’t choose a book that is too babyish for the oldest. The key is a perfect balance, which is often times found in the classics like Charlotte’s Web, Little House, Anne of Green Gables, and others.

Time it Accordingly

The family read aloud time needs to be at a time when the whole family is home and relaxed. This is often times before bed. But, it doesn’t have to be. Family dinner table may be a great choice, at breakfast before dad leaves for work is another option. You want to time family reads a loud at a time that works best for everyone. This will be a different time for every family, so choose the time that works best in YOUR home.

Make it lively!

Change your voice with the characters in the book. Let your voice show your excitement or disappointment. Stop at a place where it leaves everyone on the edge of their seat. Monotone voices are NOT the way to do family read a loud. You want them to be fun, upbeat, and engaging.

Encourage Conversation

Talk about the book before and after reading. What do they remember from the day before? Who are the main characters? What do they think are going to happen next? These types of questions get a discussion going and encourage conversation between family members. That is a great way to connect and bond.

Family read aloud time does not have to be “boring” choose a book that the whole family will enjoy, read at a time that works best for YOUR house, make the time lively and encourage conversation. These are the key to successful family read aloud time.

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Seven Fun and Frugal Family Activities

I don’t know about your homeschool family, but sometimes I feel like even though we spend a ton of time together, we don’t actually spend “time” together. If you know what I mean…. Most of the activities I do with the kids are school related, the weekends are filled with grass to mow, errands to run, and commitments we have to keep up. Family fun days happen, but not as much as we would like.

For this reason, we decided that one Saturday each month we were going to have a family fun day. This day is set aside as time to spend together, just us. So far it has been a great addition to our family calendar.  I encourage you to try it out as well. If you need ideas as to what to do, check out these seven fun and frugal family activities!

  1. Hiking: Grab a backpack, some water, and go hiking! You can find trails that are good for all whether, you are a beginner or a pro. Check your local state park if you are unsure where to begin looking. .
  2. Bird Watching: Grab a bird book from your local library and see how many backyard birds you can find! Bonus points if you can learn the birds by their calls!
  3. Zoos: Zoo admission tends to be lower and very family friendly. Most zoos offer petting areas,   train ride, picnic shelters so you can pack a lunch and much more!
  4. Board Game Tournament: Choose your families favorite board games, and have a tournament for the day. See who can be crowned king of the games!
  5. Volunteer: Families who serve together, grow together. If your family has a favorite organization that you have wanted to support, family fun days are a great opportunity to take the time and volunteer as a family.
  6. Bowling: If you have little ones, be sure to ask for the bumper lanes! Bowling is a great way to spend time together as a family.
  7. Geocaching: Similar to a scavenger hunt, this activity is quickly becoming very popular for families. It is free, and only requires a GPS enabled device like a smart phone. To find out more about geocaching   go to the official Geocaching website,

Homeschool parents, I encourage you to take the time to spend together as a family. Yes, we see our kids all the time, but for many of us, that time is structured and we tend to forget to take off our “teacher” caps. Relaxing family fun is important for our families, and time together is time well spent!

Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.