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31 Clever And Inexpensive Ideas For Teaching Your Child At Home

Whether you’re casually brushing up on lessons or full-on homeschooling, these activities are so fun your kid will barely realize they’re learning.

1. Organize each day with numbered art bins.

Keep the supplies for the first lesson in #1 and so on and so forth. It’ll help keep the day on track and things from getting lost.

2. Use a shoe rack for storing supplies.

3. Learn about all the discounts available to homeschool educators.

A lot them are the same as the ones that other teachers qualify for.

4. Draw inspiration from these simple yet effective in-home classrooms.

7. (And this definitely-less-practical-but-totally-cute one.)

Hey, if you happen to have a spare boarded up fireplace and a vintage desk on hand, what’s to stop you?

8. If you don’t have room for a fully devoted classroom, a workspace is great too.

9. Know that classroom setup doesn’t have to be expensive.

Ikea’s got you covered.

10. Have an activity jar for breaks or rainy days.

That way, you’ll never run out of ideas or fall prey to the dreaded cries of “I’M BOOOOOOORED.”

11. And make a physical activity cube to make sure you’re moving.

Find out how here.

12. Keep a basket of small toys and figures for visual storytelling.

13. Make suncatchers to learn about colors and shapes.

Directions here (in Portuguese).

14. Magnetic alphabet trays make learning on the go a breeze.

Here is how to make your own.

15. Use paint chips to make this color-matching game.

Directions here.

16. Keep track of chores and assignments for the day with a big board.

It works best if it’s in a place where everyone spends a lot of time, like the front hall or kitchen.

17. Print out this free United States puzzle for geography lessons.

Get it here.

18. Try this cool (and indoor) condensation experiment.

Make it rain here.

19. Use Legos to teach about the periodic table of elements…

Lesson plan available here.

20. Cardboard to teach shoe-tying…

Here is how to make the board.

21. Snacktime to teach the solar system…

22. And rice to teach relative weights.

Or really any small item that you happen to have a large amount of.

23. Practice this handy trick for mastering the 9-times table.

24. Track your child’s height and teach measurements with a giant ruler.

25. Use a word cube to talk about word roots.

Directions here.

26. Cut out letters from magazines and newspapers for spelling lessons.

27. Use plastic Easter eggs to practice spelling as well.

Put a surprise inside for when your child has successfully read each possible word.

28. Styrofoam carry-out containers make great printing blocks for art lessons.

29. Subtraction bowling is wicked fun (and doesn’t actually make noise).

Find out how to do it here.

30. And even though sometimes you just have to whip out the Silent Sprinkles…

This teacher has tons of cool, fun ideas for keeping a class on track.

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