Education happens everywhere! It doesn’t have to be measurable or off a to-do list. It can be as simple as sorting laundry together, explaining why we have to do colors in cold water and whites in warm. It is allowing the children to help make a meal or reading a novel out loud to them while they play with legos. Even building puzzles or playing games of Go Fish can be part of a learning experience.
This springfield nursery says that getting out into nature can be extremely educational. Some of my most validating times of learning have been during nature walks. The way kids instinctually connect with their natural surroundings is amazing. One fun idea is to talk about why the trees are shedding seeds, and how the wind helps with that job. Another is to have the kids keep a nature journal. They can observe something in the woods, desert, grass, etc… and write a paragraph about their observations. Focusing on what life was about before schools, schedules, and workbooks can be very rewarding.
Homeschooling is an opportunity to try something different and experiment a little. The schedules and overload of work will always be around, but the way you run your homeschool is solely up to you. There is no right or wrong way. Being present for your child will make a positive impact in your child’s life no matter what! Slow down and make this a time of great memories.
I always tell new homeschool parents that their first year will usually be spent worrying that they’re not doing enough. I can assure that you are doing more than enough just by being available. This feeling won’t last forever, but it can sneak in and start to overwhelm. The sooner you let go of the anxiety and feelings of falling behind the better. Take every chance you get to cuddle, cook, plant seeds, draw on the sidewalk with chalk, collect leaves and compare them, make friendship bracelets, paint with mud on paper, play hide and seek, have an hour of quiet time, take naps, put together a puzzle, build a fort, have a picnic in the backyard and go on walks. I promise, you won’t regret it.
One of the most important things to understand about educating your children at home is, homeschooling doesn’t need to look like public school. It’s not one teacher to twenty or more students completing a list of todos. This is you and your children, and doesn’t need to look and feel like a typical classroom to be effective or successful. Homeschooling can look completely different for every family. Find what’s right for yours and don’t doubt your decisions.
You are perfectly capable of teaching your child. Let’s take this time and use it in an intentional way. Look for opportunities to incorporate learning into the everyday. We are all in this together (at an appropriate 6 feet apart of course). You are more than enough, and your children AREN’T falling behind.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to address the most frequently asked questions about homeschooling that I receive. If you have any specific questions you need answered feel free to write them below and Ill be sure to answer.
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