At-Home Learning Experiences

— Written By Kacie Hatley
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Being a mom or dad to someone comes with its own unique set of challenges. On a daily basis, you play so many roles for your little ones–cook, cheerleader, confidant, coach, doctor, and so many more. Now it seems that “teacher” has been added to the list.

This can be overwhelming for both you and your kids. I have seen countless parents wondering if they are doing enough to support their children’s learning at home. 

Firstly, take a breath and remember that you are not alone in this journey. Next, remember that learning can happen anywhere. It does not have to be planned or premeditated. By completing everyday tasks, youth can learn new information. Here a few ideas for everyday learning at home.


Cooking and following recipes is an essential life skill for all ages. For fourth and fifth graders, it can be an excellent introduction to fractions. For middle-school-aged youth, cooking can provide a platform to talk about the cuisines of different cultures. For high-schoolers, it could be learning about catalysts while making a loaf of bread.

4-H Cooking Project Books

Fraction Recipes

International Recipes 

Sourdough Starter Recipe


For preschool parents, I can think of no better way to teach colors and sorting. Have your small child help separate the whites and colors. You could even help them sort the hanging items in their closet by color. If you have a middle school or high school-aged youth, remember that this is a great time to learn an important life skill. Understanding laundry symbols on a tag, setting your iron to the correct temperature, and knowing when to use hot or cold water are all essential skills to know before leaving the nest.

4-H Laundry Project Book


Whether you are planting a single tomato plant or changing the landscape of your entire backyard, gardening has countless built-in learning opportunities–math, biology, chemistry, social studies, physical fitness, and healthy living. Read more.

4-H Gardening Project Books


Did you know that while schools are closed, Audible has an incredible library of free audiobooks? Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, and countless literary classics. Going for a drive? Cleaning a bedroom? Turn on an audiobook and help your kids discover some of their new favorite books. No matter what age your child is, I think everyone can benefit from a good story.

Lastly, above all else, relax and remember: in the future, your child may not remember exactly what they did throughout the quarantine, but they will surely remember how they felt. Give them attention, smile, play, laugh, and enjoy the togetherness that we are often too busy to savor.