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The weather outside may be frightful, but this creative list of winter study ideas is delightful!
Don’t let the cold and dreary weather stifle your creativity when it comes to homeschooling ideas. Instead of wishing away the winter days and letting the gloom overtake your homeschool, dive into these exciting, unique-to-the-season winter study ideas and embrace the season!
Winter may mean less sun and shorter days, but it’s definitely not short of unique study opportunities. Take a break from your regular studies to explore some of these creative winter study ideas or look for ways to weave them into what you’re already studying.
Winter is the perfect time to learn about the people of the Arctic and subarctic regions. These hearty indigenous people are collectively referred to as Inuit people. They live in the polar regions of Russia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland under conditions that most of us would consider inhospitable at best.
Take some time to learn about their culture, history, and traditional lifestyle. Discover how they were successful at turning such challenging living conditions into a way of life and what their lives are like today.
If you need to get a little geography or cultural studies in this year, why not study some of the coldest countries in the world? It’ll make you feel better about how cold it is where you live…unless you live in one of these countries, in which case, plug in your heated blanket!
As part of these winter study ideas, you can:
It doesn’t matter how old you are, studying animals is so much fun! (So, mamas, feel free to jump in on this one and do your own research as you embark on these animal-themed winter study ideas.)
Many animals may do what some of us want to do and sleep away the winter (hibernation – or brumation for reptiles if you want to dig deeper), but others thrive in the cold. Use this list of cold-weather-loving critters to get you started and see how many others you can add to the list.
For each animal, consider how it keeps warm in the winter, what it eats, where it lives, and how it migrates.
Wintertime studies aren’t just bundling up next to the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate, and reading about people and places – though that is one of my favorite parts of it! It may be cold outside, but don’t let that keep you from bundling up and braving the chill to investigate these unique cold-weather nature study ideas.
Science in the winter can be super fun. While you’re bundled up for some fresh air and nature study, explore some winter-only or cold-themed science topics. Try some of these winter study ideas or brainstorm some of your own:
And, when you come inside to warm up, don’t miss an opportunity! Try this idea for to turn for a warm and tasty hot chocolate science experiment!
You can find historical events that have happened on pretty much every day of the year, but look for those that happened specifically during wintertime. Research to see what role, if any, the season played in the timing or events of each.
Tying in more cultural studies, here are some amazing events to learn about with your kids. I’ve always been fascinated by the Ididarod race which is a sled dog race that takes place annually in early March with teams running from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska The race commemorates the route run by teams of sled dogs to deliver lifesaving serum to a remote village during Alaska’s diphtheria epidemic in 1925.
Learn more about the history of the race, how it has changed over the years, and how the dogs are kept safe. Tie in animal studies and see what you can find out about two of the most famous canine faces of the race, Balto and Togo.
Or, dig into some of these fun winter festivals.
Winter recess can be a whole new kind of fun. Take advantage of the cold to participate in winter-only sports!
Try some – or all – of the following:
It’s easy to let the short, cold days give you a case of the winter blues. Use these winter study ideas to embrace the cold and breathe a little life into your homeschool. Spring shouldn’t get to have all the fun!
Stay warm this winter, homeschool mamas, and have a great time in your winter studies!
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