One of the many reasons I decided to homeschool was because I wanted to create lots of fun memories with my children. At some point when the children weren’t even in school yet, I decided to make some fun family rituals. One of the first things I put into place was that Fridays were for fun and Friday night was pizza night.
For mothers homeschooling their children Friday is a day when we breathe in really deep, hold it, hold it, let it out slowly and say, “Aaaahhh.” Pat yourself on the back while admitting, “Job well done.” Sid Caesar once said, “In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed.”
If the weather permits Fridays are good days to go to the zoo, go to the park, ride bikes together. Do something fun. Try out those science experiments that were suggested during the busy week. Complete an art project. Put in the DVD School House Rock and relive your youth. (Well, maybe you’re too young to remember that, but I’m not.) School House Rock will teach your kids the pre-amble to the Constitution, multiplication tables, adjectives, verbs, and many other important subjects to tunes that will stick in their heads for forever.
Play some fun educational games together. One of the main ways my children learned the Greek and Latin roots was by playing Rummy Roots. Another fun game is Great States; this game has all kinds of benefits for children learning state capitals, geography, and many other cool facts about the good ole USA.
There are many, many, other simple, easy and affordable ideas to do with your children.
Once when mine were studying the adventurous Louis and Clark expedition, I took them canoeing – down the river – not up like the courageous discovers.
Be creative; allowing your kids to help with these ideas can really make Fridays fun.
The famous Dale Carnegie tells us, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
We all want our children to succeed, so make sure you incorporate some fun things for your family to enjoy together. If you have trouble trying to come up with fun ideas, in my book The Life Planner, I give suggestions each month based on the seasons of the year.
Here is an example for November:
>> Read books together with a fall theme, then do a related project. An example would be reading The Swiss Family Robinson, and building a tree house. It can be a real one outside, or one made of cardboard or blankets inside. (You are only limited by your imagination.)
What frugal ideas do you have for family fun?
Mark your calendars for
FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY COMEDY WITH BOB SMILEY
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