How do you structure the time to help reinforce your current read-alouds? I am referring to things like notebooking, doing a skit, building a lego scene? And do your kids get to pick whatever they want to reinforce? Last school year we were doing notebooking with our history reading and I thought it went well. This year my 12yo wrote a skit set in Spain with bull fighting that the kids acted out. I want to have a “loose structure” to give some accountability but still have flexibility to follow their interests. Ideas?
One thing I want to mention — not sure if it addresses your question. When I was homeschooling my kids, I resisted spending a little bit of time on each of a lot of different things. I preferred that we spend a lot of time on just a few things. Quality, not quantity. So, applying this to your bull fighting skit, let the child explore this to his heart’s content — even if it means skipping other subjects. I was never afraid to skip subjects so the child could pursue developing his creativity on something he liked. Resist the mindset of “we must get through the book/stay on schedule/finish the worksheets. Instead, practice the mindset of allowing the child to develop his creativity on projects he loves.