Educate yourself during lockdown
Being cooped up for weeks on end gets to you after a while. If you find yourself or your children defaulting to a little more entertainment than you’re comfortable with as a way to fill in the time during coronavirus lockdown, here are a few things you could do to make better use of the time.
Every day, you can do something to educate or improve yourself. Anyone of an age that can read and write can do these things, and you can adapt some of them for littlies. And, these are things you can add to your regular homeschool routine. Pick and choose which ones you think can work in your family. You don’t need to be limited to these ideas – use them as a catalyst for other things you can learn to educate yourself during this time.
Each Monday you could focus on an aspect of your character that you think could do with improving. Be mindful of sins or bad habits that you need to work on irradicating. Spend time praying and pondering strategies for overcoming those things which hinder the growth of your character. Being deliberate about improving yourself and checking in each week can really have an impact.
There’s no need to get too introspective, though. Remember, good character is a benefit to others as much as ourselves, so think in terms of how you can be a better help to others by being mindful of your own personal growth.
On Tuesdays, choose a date or event you can research in history. If you choose a date, you open yourself up to learning things you never knew about. If you choose an event, you’ll expand your current knowledge. The date could be your birthdate, or one that coincides with a famous event, meaning you could find out what else happened around the same time.
What you find out could be recorded in a notebook as simply a collection of trivia, or could be the beginning of a research project.
Wednesday Word Day
On Wednesdays, improve your vocabulary by learning a new word. This could be a random word you come across by flicking through the dictionary or a word you heard someone use or found while reading something.
Write the word and its meaning in a notebook. Look it up in a thesaurus and write out all the synonyms. You can also write out antonyms to help clarify the meaning. Explore the etymology of the word.
Write the word in a sentence. Then, explain to someone what the word means. Aim to use the word sometime over the following weeks.
I recommend Webster’s 1828 dictionary – it’s expensive, but if you’re homeschooling, it’s an excellent resource to have. It’s especially good for comparing the meanings with modern dictionaries. The change in the meaning of some terms over the years is a study in itself.
This works similarly to Wednesdays, but you choose a theological term to explore instead. You will need a Bible dictionary and concordance, or Google I suppose, for this one. Read a book on the concept and discuss it with someone. Have a notebook on hand.
This one can be done once a month if you like, giving you time to get through a book, but make it Thursdays when you choose a new term and actually do the study/research.
So far the week has been a tad serious, so it’s time to have some fun! Use Fridays to learn something you’ve always wanted to know how to do, or expand your knowledge of a hobby or skill. For example, if you are a musician, you could aim to learn a new technique or piece of music; if you are a crafty person, hone your skills and take them to the next level of expertise. It’s also a great chance to get your menu planning sorted.
If you haven’t done so this week, get on Zoom or Skype and “visit” someone. Learn about what they have been doing this week.
Sunday is D-Day
Now that’s a riddle – think about it 😉
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