One of the keys to not being overwhelmed is to recongise and validate the learning experiences that happen outside of our planned homeschool – that is, the things that happen in regular family life. Here are ten learning experiences my kids had in January:
Birthday parties are always a learning experience - here they are trying to catch a waterballon in a sheet without bursting the balloon.
Grandad and Peter had to put an electric fence up - a great opportunity for the boys.
Nomi designed and made these puppets and Jess made the theatre - as a gift for their little cousins
While visiting with family we had a cousin sleepover - they played games together.
Josh, Jess, Nomi went to a youth camp where they met new people, and learnt more about God's ways
Naomi on the Giant Swing
Jessica on the giant swing (Daniel also did this but I don't have a photo).
An outing with Grandad
This photo was taken for a facebook avatar - lots of learning going on regarding facebook and how to use it wisely.
While driving home from holidays Pete used the GPS to give everyone a world-wide geography lesson.
Lots of sewing has been going on - mainly Kindle covers and t.shirt alterations
If you add to these photos things like family Bible study, reading books, and discussions on various topics such as ethics, beliefs, politics, business and many other topics, plus the things we didn’t take photos of (like a horse AI programme right at our back door) – you have a very full learning month. Have you considered what your kids get up to in family time as learning opportunities and therefore a part of their homeschool experience?
I’m linking in with OhAmanda’s Top Ten Tuesday