Homeschooling parents can pique their kids' interests by incorporating educational information right into the decor.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to make use of the large block of space that is your shower curtain.
The easiest-to-find educational shower curtain is the world map. These are commonly available at discount department stores. Our current world map shower curtain came from Target and is no longer available, but you can find a large selection of world map shower curtains at Amazon.
You may also be able to find a shower curtain map of your state with a little web searching.
Laura Grace Weldon, who also blogs for TheHomeSchoolMom, doesn't seem to find that the passive learning offered by shower curtains worked that well in her house, and she has another great idea for getting people to engage with the map she hung at her house. But I actually have heard from a lot of families that their shower curtains really work to set an educational agenda or become a cue for memory work that kids themselves initiate and enjoy.
When we had young children we even used a second world map shower curtain as a table cover for our kitchen table, which stimulated a lot of conversation, and, since it was vinyl, wiped clean easily, too.
Uncommon Goods has a shower curtain that depicts the water cycle. ThinkGeek has one with the periodic table of elements.
If you're looking for foreign language, you can find German, Spanish, or French vocabulary at Overstock.com, which also has a shower curtain featuring 500 SAT words and their definitions.
Math SAT concepts including slope, probability, and positive and negative numbers are available on a shower curtain from TILCO.
Those who are trying to learn about the hip bone connecting to the thigh bone might want the skeleton shower curtain, available from Amazon.
You can also find alphabet, dinosaur, and metamorphosis shower curtains designed with the younger child in mind.
Hanging an educational shower curtain is not going to transform your homeschooling, but it can be a fun way to boost the background learning and start conversations. It's pretty gratifying to have a kid mention he knows the locale of a historical or current event because, as he says, "I saw it in the shower."
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