Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

As a homeschooling mom, my motto has been that the world is our classroom. If you live in an area where the seasons change, this time of year is a great opportunity for our children to see how lakes, trees, flowers, and other aspects of nature come to life, shed their leaves (in Fall) and lie dormant (in Winter). The obvious academic of studying nature is science, but math is found in leaves (Fibonacci numbers in nature, link below), children can draw patterns of leaves, and then they can write about what they see as far as the changes from one season to the next.

For those children who are too young to write on their own, they can do copy work, starting with Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, "A Time for Everything." There are many way to explore outside, giving children the benefit of seeing, doing, investigating, and then having them tell you (through writing or simply telling) what they learned and what their favorite parts of the day were.

I believe that our role as homeschoolers is to create lifelong learners and what better way than to place our children in environments where they are free to learn at their own paces?

What ideas do you have for learning outside of textbooks and workbooks?

Fibonacci in Nature

Enjoy the seasons!


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