Taking Your Homeschool Outside

by Geoffrey Moore

Like anything else in your life, your homeschool can be in a rut. You wake up every morning, crack the same books and do the same lesson plans. After a few months of this, both you and your kids are yawning and dreading sledging through the drudgery.

The good news is that you have the power to change this! You don’t have to do school-at-home. Do you have an outdoor fire pit or other fun area you can gather? Put down the plan book and break away from the textbook rut.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

1) Do a Cooking Unit

Kids love to cook! Luckily for mom, cooking incorporates all kinds of subjects and skills, from science to budgeting. Gather around your fire and make a plan. If you don’t have a fire pit, you can let the kids build one; it’s as simple as digging a hole and filling it with bricks and stones. Once that is accomplished, select a menu. Keep it varied. Remember this is a learning experience. Don’t waste the experience on something as boring as hot dogs.

You might consider taking a cultural journey around the fire pit, selecting different dishes from various areas of the world. Of course, this incorporates geography and culture. It can also be fun to study where your various ingredients come from.

Finally, prepare the food at the fire pit and enjoy the outdoor ambiance. That was so much better than a textbook, wasn’t it?

2) Nature Study

Of course, when you are lounging at the fire pit laughing, learning and cooking, you are sure to notice the flora and fauna that inhabits your backyard. Another week may be warranted to explore the various types of plants and wildlife that are native to your area. You can, again, make your backyard home-base as you implement this nature study unit.

A nature study does not have to be academic or highly structured. Instead, give each of your children nature journals and allow them to sketch and write about the various things that they see. Provide resources so they can look up what they don’t recognize. If your wireless connection is strong enough, you can bring your laptop right out to the fire pit for a quick Google search of anything that they would like to know more about.

One of the best things about homeschooling is that you have the option to drop the stand-bys and really jump into a learning lifestyle. When the weather is nice, kids long to be outdoors. Instead of fighting that on a daily basis, embrace it and use the outdoors as your classroom!

By Geoffrey F. Moore – Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Geoffrey_Moore


One Response

  1. Hi

    Your readers might find some of the posts in my blog “I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!” useful. I frequently write about different outdoor activities in a various subject areas or cross-curricular learning opportunities.I have an index for quick reference: http://creativestarlearning.blogspot.com/p/help.html

    I do believe that home-schoolers at an advantage here, being able to be so much more adaptable to weather and opportunities that arise.

    Best wishes

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