5 Ways to Get Your Kids Learning Without Teaching
Are your kids sick of online school?
Are you sick of having to play parent and teacher while trying to keep all the other balls of family life in the air?
Do you want your kids LEARNING but you’re all tired of SCHOOLING?
You’re not alone.
If the last thing you want is more “school” but you want to amp the learning value of every day life without TEACHING anything else… we’ve got you.
Here are 5 ways to get your kids learning without teaching ANYTHING at all!
EASY ART APPRECIATION AT HOME
When you see how easy it is to have high level classical arts literacy, you’re going to cry with relief. Particularly because we all know how important the arts are to life and mental and emotional health, and yet they’re the first thing cut from school curriculum as “non-essential,” every time. Any parent can fix this at home with almost zero effort (okay nothing is zero effort, but this is stupid easy.)
Divide your school plan up into 8 week chunks. We had four, because I need a third of every year to do other stuff. Like beach days and blueberry picking. That’s important education too.
How to Do it:
On the first day of the first week, stick a piece of art by your chosen artist on the fridge or wall, on day three of the week, put up another piece, same artist. Two pieces a week, 8 weeks, same artist. Start with Monet if you want. Then on the first day of week nine, throw them a curve ball by putting a Dali next to Waterlilies. “WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO MONET?!”
“Meet, Dali, children…”
Ask the questions about color, form, feeling, light, dark, emotional response. Heck, get crazy and MAKE ART in the form of the artist in question. Leave them up if you have the space for the whole school year and see what happens.
Wash, rinse, repeat. It’s truly that easy.
I had a certain six year old that held forth on the intricacies of Monet in L’Orangerie, in Paris, to an amazed group of other museum patrons because, “It was his favourite.” Proud mama moment right there.
How could he possibly have a favourite and articulate intelligent things about it by six? He was paying attention to what was happening on the fridge in the four preceding years, for the benefit of his older siblings. Little genius. You’ve got at least one too. Stop wasting fridge space.
Dover Publications offers affordable, postcard sized art prints. Buy them.
In this way you’ll get through at least four composers and four artists per year, if you’re lazy about it like I was. And over the course of even an abbreviated decade of an education, FORTY artists that your kid will become seriously friends with. Can YOU name forty artists? Or recognize the difference by sight? And it’s pretty much effortless!
Don’t limit yourself to the European classical artists, who get the majority of the air time! De-colonize your art history and appreciation by including the great artists of countries and cultures from across the globe.
This is going to be fun!
To dig deeper into the great artists, be sure to connect your kids to Omnis Education’s Famous Artists learning blocks and turn them loose learning and creating!
Bite Sized Spanish Lessons (That are FUN!)
Learning a language can be cool, and fun. It doesn’t have to require worksheets or tests, and it doesn’t have to mean hours and hours of study or travel.
Carlos, the Spanish teacher at Omnis Education, has a series of bite-sized Spanish lessons that are fun for adults and kids alike. Pair them with his live drop in sessions for practice and your kids will be speaking Spanish, laughing, and making a new friend in no time. With NO input from you.
Try this one to start!
Integrate Great Music: Effortlessly
Do you find classical music intimidating? It doesn’t need to be! And you don’t need to be a music teacher to integrate music appreciation into daily life.
You’ll be SHOCKED at how EASY it is to do an AMAZING job of soaking your kids in GREAT music. And you can start today!!
How to Do it:
For eight weeks play one hour of music by one composer. The same composer, every day, for eight weeks. I did this during arsenic hour… you know that hour of the day where everyone is losing it and you’d either give some, or take some… arsenic that is. Classical music calmed everyone down, particularly me.
Play Chopin every damned day for 8 weeks. Then, without warning, switch to Beethoven and watch what happens. The four year old will say something, I promise.
If you really want to up your game, say the name of the composer once or twice during the hour. Ask a kid what he likes in the music and what he hates. Ask him what it makes him feel like. Dance around like that thing for a while. This can be a lot of fun, as well as arsenic hour detox.
Now get creative… go beyond the European classics that get too much play… dig deep into the classical music of cultures around the world and REALLY blow your kids’ minds!
Learn About Plastics in the Ocean & Conservation
Not all screen time is created equal.
Experts agree that hours of mindless scrolling and social media use isn’t great for kids, but what if the screen time they crave could be spent learning about things that provide a springboard to real world projects and adventures?
Omnis Education learning blocks do just that! We carefully curate the best videos, books, activities, and projects and other resources around an interesting topic so that kids of all ages (kindergarten through high school!) can learn what they want, when they want, how they want.
Everything is fun, flexible, and supported by experts in self-directed learning.
Try this FREE SAMPLE learning block about Plastics in the Ocean!
Learn music Without Instruments
What if your kids could improve their rhythm as well as grow their brains while having FUN?
Hambone body percussion is a way to do just that!
WHAT THE HECK IS HAMBONE??
Hambone was created by enslaved Africans in North America. Forbidden to use their drums, slaves found ways to make rhythms with tambourines, bones, and body music such as hand clapping and body and thigh slapping, also called “Pattin’ Juba.”
In the days of slavery, families had to stretch the little food they were given, relying on their resourcefulness and creativity to survive under adverse conditions.
The hambone (the bone of a ham) was used to make a big pot of soup, which, with lots of water, and little scraps of vegetables and spices, was stretched to feed many families. That same hambone would be passed around and used repeatedly in different pots of soups, making something from nothing as a way of survival.
The term “hambone” was then adopted as the name of the system of improvised rhythmic body music and also because you slap your thighs which can resemble a ham roast.
See how easy it is to combine history, music, and FUN… with no effort on your part?
Hook kids up with Omnis Education Rhythm & Groove music, AND they’ll get weeks worth of lessons and free drop in sessions with the teacher to practice!
Get More Learning Without Teaching
You don’t have to teach for your kids to learn!
Kids are natural born learners and our team of self-directed learning experts can provide the support they need without you having to be the teacher.
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