Do you have a Homeschool Power Hour in your day?
We have been doing a Homeschool Power Hour for a long time in our homeschool journey. Recently we started adding a bit more to our learning time, hence the name “power hour”. We can cover a great deal of ground in a short amount of time! Originally it started as a way for us to say the Rosary together in the morning, perhaps read about the Saint of the Day, and sometimes have a group religion lesson. More recently we incorporated our scripture memorization, and we often watch CNN Student News as well.
Homeschool Power Hour started as our morning time. Some people call it circle time (however, that sounds like its only for little children), morning basket time – whatever you call it. This isn’t a new concept, but what’s new for us is that I’m making it a bit more meaty. We have been adding in a states and capitals study, parts of speech, learning about different presidents etc. We have been utilizing quite a bit of YouTube in this part of our hour. I highly recommend readingÂ How to Make a YouTube Play List. It’s easy to do and will streamline your time.
Make the Time Work for Your Homeschool Day
Here’s a little secret. Your Homeschool Power Hour does not have to be in the morning! We did morning for a long time, but as the kids are getting older, and we have a teenager and a tween the morning wake up times are staggered. Instead of waiting to start our day when the teenager wakes up, my younger kids can start on independent work and I can work with the littles. Now I may start our Power Hour at 11:00am or right after lunch. It could even work well as an after dinner activity and Dad could join in with the fun.
I generally keep this time to an hour our less, depending on what we are doing. Any longer than that and I think it gets a bit boring for everyone. My oldest sticks around for the rosary, prayers, etc and then he is free to go work on his daily work. I let my other children draw or color quietly when they are just listening and not watching a YouTube video. They are allowed to play with Lego as well – but often that isn’t very quiet! The point is to do what works in your house. Tweak it to make it work depending on the age of your children and your unique needs.
Homeschool Power Hour Ideas
This list is only limited by your imagination and your individual family needs.
-Rosary (Prayers for Catholic Kids)
– Scripture memory work
– Feast Day/Saint Day
– Poetry – memorization/reading
– Read aloud time
– Science concepts
– Shakespeare! – We are enjoying this book right now.
– Geography (states/capitals, countries, land forms etc)
– History (presidents, inventors, other notable people in history)
– Parts of Speech
– Manners – These books are fun to read
– Art – Chalk Pastels or ArtÂ for Kids Hub
More Power Hour Resources
Educational YouTube ChannelsÂ – great resources for filling up your play list.
Morning BinderÂ – I don’t have anything as super organized as Pam, but a girl can dream! Maybe someday.
Morning BasketÂ at Wildflowers and Marbles
Looking for further help to get your Power Hour organized and off the ground? Check out this handy dandy resource!