When you decide to homeschool your children, you will find yourself becoming versed in a range of subjects. This is necessary to create an educational plan. Your plan should target different subject areas and have some sort of benchmark or goal set to evaluate how well your child is learning the material.
Yet, it is nice to break up the monotony from time to time with a project, scheduled at the appropriate time to avoid meltdowns, or with plenty of advanced warning to prepare them for the transition.
You're probably familiar with school projects, as you likely did a few if you were ever in public school. Projects are a good method for reinforcing lessons and testing the knowledge and skills of your children.
Ideally, you will have a multi-week study unit designed for a specific subject. At the end of this unit, you will assign a project that incorporates what your child has learned during that time.
For example, if you studied weather and the water cycle, your child might create a weather-related or water cycle related science project or presentation. We allow our kids to get as creative as they like with their projects. They can be a science project, a diorama, a report, a video, a cartoon drawing (for young ones), a verbal presentation (speech), really anything that demonstrates their understanding of the materials.
If you plan projects for them to do with you throughout the unit, it will help incorporate the lesson even more. You can use clay, paints, natural found objects, terrariums, recycled household products, papier mache, paint, or really any media for creating the projects, as long as they are relevant to the unit you are working on.
Books, Pintrest, web forums, Facebook, and homeschooling blogs can give you ideas on what to do for different subject areas. There are so many creative, intelligent people out there who have already been down this road. Take advantage of their experience.
When you homeschool, project ides are only limited by you and your child's imagination. For each learning unit, spend some time coming up with long term project ideas with your child that will display their understanding of the material.