Home Learning

Children can get listless when it's overcast and cold outside. But parents can liven things up with indoor learning activities. In fact, winter is perhaps the best time of year to get your child's creative juices flowing. Read on for some ideas that stimulate a child's interest in science, technology, and the arts.

Get creative!

Many art forms are best learned inside where the young artist and his parent can control the conditions. A cold, snowy day js perfect for learning to draw or learning how to play an instrument. And the good news is that the internet offers a wide array of opportunities for learning music and art without having to leave your home.

Most art teachers will say you need to start by learning to draw what you see. That's why so many art classes begin with teaching the child how to draw a dog or a horse or a clown.

The good people at Sheknows.com have put together an entire curriculum for teaching art to children from your home. KinderArt.com, for instance, offers tailored online classes for children of all ages from preschool through grade twelve.

SeeTheLightShine.com offers free art lessons that you can test drive. If you like what your child is learning, you can continue the progress by purchasing the company's curriculum.

 Your child can also learn music without leaving the house. Gone are the days when you had to hire a music tutor. Your children can learn to read music online at numerous websites. Makeu for instance, compiles the best sites for learning the basics of music theory.

Get moving!

Don't let the indoor doldrums get to you and your children. You can shake off those creeping blues by dancing and exercising as a family. Sites like You Tube can teach you and your children new moves for free. Learning new exercises and dance steps improves coordination, strength, and stamina.

FitnessBlender.com has put together a number of free videos that guide families through effective workouts. These workouts are safe for most children because they start out with easy warm-ups, like marching. These videos are also great because they feature exercises that require little or no equipment.

Learning dance of any kind improves a child's coordination and confidence. And dancing is a lifelong exercise that also helps your offspring socialize at any age. There are a miraculous number of free dance lessons on YouTube. All you have to do is go to the website and enter "salsa lessons, box step lessons," or "hip hop lessons" in the search bar.

You can do this on your computer or, if you have access to You Tube on your television, you can broadcast your lessons there. Installing a Roku on your flat screen is a good, affordable way to bring learning to your television.

If your children really get into dancing and you want to take it to the next step, consider installing a home theater where you can stage family dance parties and invite friends and neighbors. These systems can be pricey, so do your research before shopping.

Be a scientist!

Being stuck indoors is also a good time to teach children science. You can conduct easy and fun science experiments with stuff you have hanging around the kitchen. For instance, you can teach your children how oil repels water by making your own glass of "lava" out of cooking oil, water, salt, and food coloring.

In conclusion, time spent indoors during cold winter months can be redeemed. Work out your child's imagination with art, dancing, and science. Children who learn to be creative at a young age will become engaged adults who are never bored.

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