by Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant at H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting
Homeschool with Mason Jars
These containers are not just for fruits, vegetables, or cookie mixes anymore. You can now homeschool with Mason jars.
I have to admit I like containers especially clear ones. They help me stay organized and I can readily see the contents without removing the lids. The beauty of utilizing Mason jars is they are so versatile and inexpensive. Here are a few ideas you might like to try.
Write art activities on slips of paper or craft sticks. Place them in a jar. Next time you are ready for art, have your children select a slip of paper/craft stick from the jar. Of course, you will want a container with all the supplies you need before including a particular activity in the jar.
Our neighbor found a moth and thought there was something wrong with it. She gave us the moth and we were very delighted to discover it was preparing to lay eggs. It was an excellent opportunity for the children to see the egg cycle from start to finish. We placed the moth in a large jar with a small limb from a nearby tree where the neighbor found the moth. We covered the jar with cheesecloth. Then each day we watched with great expectation to see what happened next.
You can also homeschool with Mason jars by growing plant cuttings and for making terrariums.
When my children were small, I needed a way to encourage them to be kind to one another. We instituted the kindness jar. Every time someone was kind, we would place a marble in the jar. When someone was unkind, I would remove two marbles from the jar. The children soon realized the importance of kindness and began looking for opportunities to be kind to others. We celebrated once the jar was full of marbles.
Here are three ideas on how you may homeschool with Mason jars during your religious study.
Start a prayer jar. Remember to pray for others by writing their names on slips of paper and place the paper in the jars. Use a second jar for answered prayer.
Years ago, I received a beautiful box filled with slips of paper with devotions written on them. Have your children help create a family devotion jar. You can do this in two ways. The first is to write devotional topics in advance and select one each day for study. The other option is to include your favorite devotions as you come across them.
Are there scripture verses you want your family to learn? Fill a jar with Bible verses and select one verse each week to memorize.
Mason jars work well when children are learning about money, percentages, and finances. Initiate money jars with one being for tithing, a second for savings, and a third jar for spending.
You can even homeschool with Mason jars for learning vocabulary words. Have your children select a word from the jar to learn each day.
Do your children ever say they are bored and do not know what to do? Send them to the free time jar. Fill a Mason jar with activity ideas the children may do on their own. You might want to include fun educational activities as well.
Thankful / Blessing / Memory Jar
We can easily forget the little blessings that occur in our lives. Next time you receive a blessing, write it down on a slip of paper and add it to a Mason jar. Later, retrieve the slips of paper to remind your family of the many blessings God has provided.
Some families use a thankful jar. They will include all the things they are thankful for during the year. They will go through each slip of paper on Thanksgiving.
A memory jar is obviously for remembering the special times. Each time something notable occurs, write it down and place the paper in the jar.
Add some fun to your homeschool with Mason jars. Be creative. Decorate the jars. Use something other than pieces of paper or craft sticks. Then please let me know how you homeschool with Mason jars.
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