Fun Projects For Home Schoolers

Interesting projects that will perk up your home schooled child. Easy cookbooks, journals, report covers, more--all from your child's creativity and your computer printer.

Looking for some fun projects to add to your home schooling curriculum? Here are some ideas that are sure to stimulate your child's creativity and imagination. Home schooling was never more fun!

1. Create a family recipe album. Ask family members to contribute their favorite or most family-famous recipes. Have your child use the computer or word processor to type them up. Next, have the student add illustrations to each recipe, or attach a photo of the person who contributed it. Then laminate each recipe page and collect the pages in a binder. Using the computer, have your child design appropriate cover art for the book. Not only is this a fun project, but the recipe books make wonderful heirlooms and gifts.

2. Collect family stories into a book. Have your child interview grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and siblings for a book of family memories. Decide on a theme, such as favorite childhood games, or interesting holiday memories. Subject matter is limited only by the interviewer's imagination. When enough stories have been gathered, have your child neatly type them up and print the stories onto parchment paper. Illustrations can be hand drawn, or created from clip art. Illustrate each story, and create an interesting title and cover page for the book. Collect into a sturdy binder. Note: This is a fun way for your child to learn the importance of taking careful, detailed notes.

3. Keep a journal. Have your child design a cover for the journal and print it out onto heavy card stock. Next, insert the cover into the front of a report binder. Fill the binder with plain paper, or lined paper may be used if desired. For the back of the journal, insert another piece of card stock. This page may be illustrated if desired. Have the child make a journal entry every day, carefully labeling each page with the date. The entries can consist of memories of the day, poetry, random thoughts, sketches, whatever the student wishes. This is sure to be a treasured keepsake in years to come!

4. Design report covers. Make doing reports more fun by assigning cover pages to be created along with the written reports. Assist the student in searching the Internet for information on the subject of the report, and help them find appropriate pictures or illustrations. Print the pictures out, or have your child create their own drawings that relate to the subject matter. Pictures may also be cut out of magazines, if you wish. Paste the pictures or art work onto heavy paper for the cover page. Insert the cover page into the front of a report binder, with the report neatly assembled inside.

5. Create personalized holiday, birthday, or seasonal cards. Take your child on a shopping trip to the office supply store, or to the office supply section of your local department store. Help them choose card stock in attractive colors, or let them choose from the selections of other brightly colored paper. Have the child design personalized cards for friends and family. The cards can have a holiday theme, birthday thoughts, or seasonal designs. Each card should feature art work, a poem or special thought, and the recipient's name typed in an attractive font. Print the cards out, fold, and slip into envelopes to be delivered. Have your child carefully address and stamp the envelopes.

6. Make a photo album. Have the child assemble a collection of favorite family photographs, pictures of their friends, pets, school, and of course, of themselves. Next, have the student design album pages by adding appropriate captions to heavy card stock and attaching the pictures with glue or tape. Slip the pages into clear sleeves of plastic and gather into a binder. A cover for the album should be designed and printed onto the card stock. Attach it inside the front of the binder.

7. Write a newsletter. A family newsletter is a fun way for distant family members to stay connected. Using the templates in your word processor, help your child lay out a newsletter design, or help them create their own. Have them insert the date at the top, add some fancy borders and art work, and type in family news. The newsletter can be as long or as short as the student desires, and should contain interesting, well written material. Print it out on colored paper, fold, and insert into envelopes. Have the student address each envelope and affix postage. This can be an ongoing project, with a fresh newsletter going out each month!

8. Write a book. Provide the student with heavy card stock to use for the front and back cover, good quality paper for the story itself to be printed on, and access to a clip art program to use for illustrations. They may also draw or paint the illustrations themselves. Explain that the story must have a beginning, a middle and a logical ending. Creativity counts! Have them assemble their finished work into a clear binder, or help them laminate the pages.

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