Updated: May 18, 2020
A good friend of ours, who also happens to be a teacher, recently shared something with us.
Teaching other people’s kids in a classroom and homeschooling her own kids in her own home...does. not. translate.
If you’re a mom or dad who has unexpectedly added “teacher,” “coach” or “mentor” to your at-home credentials, YOU GOT THIS! High five, encouraging love tap, chuckle.
Here are a few gifts ideas we thought may shake up or add some spice to your homeschool routine.
LEARNING TO S-P-E-L-L (for toddlers ages 3-5)
So your little one is learning to spell his or her own name?
Take them on a journey of self-discovery with the “Lost My Name” book, where curious readers discover their own name, letter by letter, while on an amazing animal-themed adventure.
Studies have shown that children who see themselves in a story have enhanced literary and language development - plus, who doesn’t love seeing their name in print!? Customized books, which include a dedication page, start at $30.
SCIENCE CLASS (for kiddos ages 6-9)
For the future rocket scientists, volcano explorers, detectives, and jewelers in-training, MindWare makes “brainy toys” for all inquisitive kiddos alike.
There’s no better way to get a child excited about science and nature than to let them explore and get a little messy on their own. You might even find yourself joining in on the fun (if they let you)! Single kits and sets of two or three ($26; $42; $62, respectively) are available for purchase - all you need to do now is clear off the kitchen table.
YOU’LL THANK US LATER (for tweens ages 10-13)
Dutch Blitz is a card game for the whole family...if the whole family enjoys fast-hands competition and a little bit of frenetic shrieking. Just kidding!
Players place their cards in center piles according to number sequence order, related colors, and alternating Dutchman and Dutchwoman characters. Get rid of all your cards, (gently) yell BLITZ, and you’ve won that round! In addition to being a completely addicting game, it’ll help your tween build motor skills, logic and quick thinking, patience, and hand-eye coordination. “A Voonderful Goot Game” for $12.
TOTALLY TEENAGER (ages 14-18)
If there’s one thing we remember about being teenagers, it was having a ton of emotions and not enough walls to express them all over.
Remind your (likely) social app-obsessed teen that public emoting once existed in the form of graffiti (the art form, not vandalism), magazine cut-out collages, and doodling all over our notebooks.
But how do you get them to look up from their phones, you ask? Turn their bedroom wall into a giant chalkboard! Good for scheduling, idea-ing, wish-making, drawing, or writing their crush’s name with a giant heart around it.
As the wise Bob Ross once said, “As long as you’re learning, you’re not failing.” What would we do without Bob? Love that guy.