I was thinking the other day about all of the challenges our family used to take part in as homeschoolers. There was the Unplug Your Kids challenge, which issued a different word or theme each week as inspiration (such as purple or bug). There was the Think! challenge. I know there were many more, and we took part in some of them regularly.
The idea was that there would be a new theme each week, and families would do some sort of activity in the spirit of that theme and then blog about it and report back with the link. People were encouraged to see what other families had done and it was also a fun way to find other like-minded blogs to visit.
We came up with the purple cabbage pH experiment for the purple theme.
For the “fruit” theme, we made watermelon playdough.
For the “smooth” theme we did sensory handwriting in flour, lotion and other materials.
We did crayon shirt transfers for the “wax” theme.
And so on (check out all of the projects we did for Unplug Your Kids challenges here).
Of course, back then we homeschool bloggers were a different sort. We blogged to share ideas and resources, record our days, and support each other. It was informal and personal. There weren’t always pictures and there certainly weren’t SEO words or Pinterest-worthy title pics. It wasn’t for money or hits, it was just what we quietly did in some of our spare time to connect with each other, help other homeschoolers and log a part of our lives. I’m not sure how many bloggers of that sort even exist any more, which is probably a big part of why challenges have mostly died off (on the other hand, I know there must be lots of you out there so please holler if you are!).
But in the spirit of “Be the change you want to see in the world,” I thought maybe I could start a weekly challenge if anybody wants to take part.
Each Monday, I’ll issue a theme for the week. If you want to take part, do some sort of project or activity with your kiddo(s) and blog about it over that week (I think Instagram posts and public Facebook posts could count, too, if you don’t have a blog). Come back by the next Monday and leave a link to what you did, and check out what others did.
Anybody interested? Leave a note if you’d like to take part and if there is any interest then I’ll start this month. 🙂