Ways to Use the Newspaper in Your Homeschool

March 3, 2020

Jeannette Tuionetoa

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The first full week of March is Newspaper in Education Week. People may wonder if newspapers are soon becoming obsolete. With all the information instantly available online, I understand how people can think that. However, I think newspapers are very important for our kids to still utilize as an educational tool. These various ways to use the newspaper in your homeschool will help your kids get the best out of newspapers at home.

Ways to Use the Newspaper in Your Homeschool

There are reasons why newspapers are essential for our kids to experience. Most of those reasons have to do with promoting literacy. Newspapers hold a wealth of information and assist them to be better readers. It doesn’t necessarily have to end there.

Why explore learning with newspapers in your homeschool?

1. Kids can learn to read other sources aside from books.

2. Your kids can learn the basics of reading; like reading from left to right and in columns. They can see how the pictures, columns, headings, and captions all work together to tell the story.

3. Reading short articles in newspapers and giving writing assignments on them, can encourage a child to read — especially if they do not really enjoy reading whole books.

4. Students can learn all about facts and opinions using newspapers. Your child can determine if what they are reading is a fact or just the writer’s opinion. This is a great skill to have in life.

5. Kids learn new vocabulary they may never have encountered otherwise. You can have them search for ten words they don’t know and find the meaning for each.

6. Kids get experience with real-life, relevant articles – I feel kids need to read nonfiction.

7. They can also tackle crossword puzzles to improve critical thinking and research skills.

8. Have kids checkout and enjoy the comics as a fun reading source.

9. You can use it as a source to teach freedom of the press.

10. AND, it gets kids away from technology a bit. That is always a PLUS in my book.

Now, how is it that we can use them for learning?

Think about ways to use the newspaper in your homeschool with some of the ideas below:

Use newspapers to learn about current events

Current events combine social studies, reading, and writing just from a newspaper. They also keep kids in the know and aware of the world around them.

Article of the Week | The Colorful Apple

Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events | Education World

Current Events | The Curriculum Corner

Current Event Newspaper Assignment-What’s the SCOOP? | The Literacy Loft

Current Events For Kids: Websites and Teaching Ideas |Teach Beside Me

Current Events For Kids

Use newspapers to encourage writing in your homeschool

Back to School Newspaper Writing Activity | School and the City

Newspaper Article Writing Unit {Here’s the Scoop!} | The Literacy Loft

Newspaper Writing Activities | Grand Forks Herald

Writing Newsletters | Our Journey Westward

Newspapers: Editorials | The Curriculum Corner

Use your newspapers to explore science and STEM challenges

STEM Engineering: Will building a tower with a newspaper benefit my students? | Laura Candler Teaching Resources

Scientific Revolution Newspaper Project | Lesson Plan Ninja

Newspaper Templates {Editable Titles} | Tales from a Very Busy Teacher

Newspapers are great for chore time or hacks in your homeschool

Some examples are paper mache, for painting or table projects, cleaning windows, crafts, and more.

11+ Ways to Use Newspaper After You Are Done Reading | Reuse Grow Enjoy

Ways to Upcycle Newspaper – 10 “New” Uses for Newspaper | Six Dollar Family

Use it as busy-time for your preschoolers while teaching the older ones

How to Keep Preschoolers Busy with Newspaper | Teaching Mama

Newspaper playtime activities

Newspaper Playtime Activities Series  | Cornerstone Confessions

FREE Newspaper Fun | Cynthia Vautrot – My Kind of Teaching

Newspaper weather forecasts learning

Using the Newspaper Weather Forecast for Sneaky Math Learning | Teach Mama

Random topics to use with a newspaper in your homeschool

All About Me Newspaper | Elementary School Creations

Newspaper Project for Social Studies with EDITABLE Rubric UPDATED | Education with DocRunning

BOOK REPORT- Newspaper Report Fun Easy Directions Artistic Creative Challenging | Upper LMNtary

Four Mini-Lessons on Fact vs. Opinion for Middle or High School Students | Bright Hub Education

Using Newspapers to Enhance Language Arts Skills | Reading Rockets

25 Way to Use Newspapers to Teach Informational Text! | Dragon’s Den Curriculum

FREE Newspaper Writing Prompts About Ancient Egypt

Newspaper Writing Prompts About Ancient Egypt text with image of pyramids

Learn all about newspapers in your homeschool

  • Make a newspaper treasure hunt so children can find where different items of the newspapers are located.
  • Have kids explore the job/classifieds section to get ideas of how the workforce recruits and what employers look for. (Note: You can develop mock resumes from that lesson.)
  • Kids can read and summarize the articles for comprehension and writing structure.
  • Have children find photos in the newspaper and write their own articles based on the photo alone. (Creative writing practice)
  • Give your kids two minutes to write down as many sections of the newspapers as they can.

Learning about newspapers can be interesting, and your child can learn so much just from using them in different ways.

There are some things I am not quite willing to give up in rebellion to technology. A few things I won’t want to lose because of technology are newspapers, libraries, live field trips, and relationships. I hope we can keep all of these going, my friends. Enjoy and take advantage of them all. 

Ways to Use the Newspaper in Your Homeschool

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