Last week, I introduced you to our homeschool space, focusing on the stuff. In that post, I shared that while I would like to have a “homeschool room,” it would only be for organizing purposes. And that’s because we lean toward unschooling, and our schooling takes place everywhere. So, I thought what better way to introduce the students than to show them learning.
Although we’re not “unschoolers” in the strictest sense, we do tend to focus on a life-as-learning philosophy. So, we homeschool year-round (you can’t turn off LIFE, after all!), though we tend to be more relaxed in the summer and focus only on fun learning opportunities and/or areas of struggle. Anyway, here are some of the places you might find our students learning, and the learning opportunities we find there.
The kitchen and living room is where most of our typical “school” and workbook type lessons take place. However, there are a lot of life-learning opportunities we find there as well.
-Organizing cabinets (he WANTED to do this!)
-Chores (washing dishes, setting table, putting away dishes, etc.)
–Recycling (our trash/recycling just happens to be in the kitchen)
The Living Room
-Reading Books snuggled on the couch
-Playing games like snakes & ladders, dominoes, etc. on the floor
-Putting together these (we have a car, plane, train, helicopter)
-Watching educational videos
-Doing random school lessons
-Learning organization and responsibility
-Playing (yes, that is/can be educational, even if the games aren’t necessarily educational)
-playing in leaves
-helping daddy gather acorns for work
-Recess (riding bikes, playing, etc.)
-fishing (yes, this can be educational!)
-Learning outside chores (helping daddy mow, learning how to rake up mowed grass and leaves, etc.)
-Playing in the Rain (along with reading books about where rain comes from)
-Making homemade ice cream
-Eating watermelon (we love to teach our children about gardening and where our real foods come from!)
-Playing baseball (Of course, this is after buying kids baseball gloves)
This is only a small portion of the activities we do in each spot (basically the ones that I had pictures for).