January is a great time to connect with your kids.
Ok. So anytime is a great time to connect with your kids, but January has a few unique qualities that you can take advantage of right now.
It’s dark. It’s cold. And sometimes, if you are lucky, it is white.
All of these qualities make this the perfect month to cozy up and connect as a family. To make it a bit easier for you this month, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can make some family memories this month.
It’s that time of year when the decorations can’t be avoided.
The lights. The fake snow. The red. The green.
It’s the perfect time of year to grab your phones (cameras) and head to the mall for a Christmas Mall Scavenger Hunt.
It’s that time of year when the magic of Christmas meets the requirements of homeschool and I attempt to find enchanting ways to bring them together.
Perhaps I could teach lessons while wearing Christmas antlers, but I haven’t bought a pair….yet.
In the meantime, here are some ideas we are trying this season:
December Homeschooling: Games
We add a few new board games to our game collection every December. In the past, we opened one a week, but this year I just pulled them both out right at the start.
A few years ago, our children received Outdoor Adventure themed Christmas and birthday gifts to equip them for family outdoor adventures for years to come. They received many of the essential items required for our family outdoor adventures.
Since then we have traveled the US from coast to coast and I am grateful that we always have the basics for hiking, camping, exploring, and more.
We love to play with language in our house.
Words. Idioms. Jokes. Figurative language.
It’s all part of the atmosphere of learning that we have created in this house and it is easier to create that you might realize.
We repeat our favorite lines from movies and TV shows, share silly puns, attempt to solve riddles, and experiment with new vocabulary words. There isn’t a limit to the many ways you can play with words and language in your home.
I bet you’ve already started to realize how much your family plays with language as well, so let’s talk about ten ideas you can incorporate into your family lifestyle.
Our family began a simple tradition many years ago that has had an incredibly positive impact on our dinner conversation.
We stopped asking our kids how their day was or what they did that day. Instead, we asked two simple questions:
- What was the highlight of your day? (or what was your favorite part of the day?)
- What was the hardest part of your day?
Our oldest child was only around 8 years old when we began to ask these questions on a regular basis and these two questions became the foundation for our current family conversation starters.
It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the current year and usher in a new one.
It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the change:
- What did I love about 2017?
- What am I looking forward to in 2018?
- Who am I now?
- Who do I hope to be?
It’s exciting. A clean slate is in front of us and we are ready to write.