we like to plant a garden or work in the animal pens work on different prjects usen hand tools. everyday we learn from our books and then with our hands. my 9 year old can work on the riden lawn mower just as well as i can.
I like the following famous saying: "When you home school, the whole world is your classroom". A trip to the grocery store can become a lesson in weights, math and reading. Building a fort can become a lesson in drafting, geometry, reading, measuring, ext. Cooking a meal can become a lesson about a foreign country, measuring, fractions, listening skills, ext. Life is filled with learning opportunities.
I think life is counted as learning time. I am learning every day as well as my daughters. I do know what you are saying though. Sometimes we want to have exact ideas on what constitutes as "learning" time.
Here is a poem that I love about playing/learning.
By Anita Wadley
When I’m building in the block room, please don’t say I’m “just playing”
For you see, I’m learning as I play, about balance and shapes.
Who knows? I may be an architect someday.
When I am getting dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies.
Don’t get the idea I’m “just playing”. For you see, I’m learning as I play.
I may be a mother or a father someday.
When you see me up to my elbows in paint or standing at an easel, or moulding
and shaping clay, please don’t let me hear you say “He is just playing”
For you see, I’m learning as I play, I’m expressing myself and being creative.
I may be an artist or an inventor someday.
When you see me sitting in a chair “reading” to an imaginary audience.
Please do not laugh and think I’m “just playing”.
For you see, I’m learning as I play.
I may be a teacher someday.
When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with choice
things I find, don’t pass it off as “just playing”. For you see, I’m learning as I play.
I may be a scientist someday.
When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some “plaything” at school.
Please don’t feel the time is wasted in “play”. For you see, I’m learning as I play.
I’m learning to solve problems and to concentrate.
I may be in business someday.
When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is
“just playing”. I’m learning to follow directions and see differences.
I may be a chef someday.
When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body, please don’t say I’m “just
playing”. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning how my body works.
I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.
When you ask me what I’ve done at school today, and I say, “I just played”
Please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I’m learning as I play.
I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. I’m preparing for tomorrow.
Today, I am a child and my work is play.
playing- gym, social studies,
taking the dog for a run- gym, science
driving in a car- field trip, math, history
writing letters or cards- handwriting, english
mowing the lawn- gym, math, science
gardening- science, math
brushing teeth, taking bath- health, science
Cooking, cleaning/organizing, shopping, etc
I was just about to post the same question. We are about to offically start homeschooling and I'm looking for all the ideas I can get. For some reason it seems so obvious that my brain is just overlooking ideas.
We count cooking and household chores toward home-ec.
We count all of their organized events (like sports, choir, church clubs...)
We also count their practice for events that can be considered educational... like when they were in the Christmas musical at church, whenever they practice their Junior Bible Quiz questions and answers (things they have to memorize for a quiz meet)...
We also count free arts and craft time, music practice for their instruments, watching educational shows like today (Libertys Kids and some info online about independence day)...
Reading aloud to their little sister, being read aloud to, listening to poetry or classical music... etc.
also include bike riding, hiking, park play, etc... as part of PE...
I include children's church on Sunday as part of their biblical studies... and I will include up to an hour of free reading every day to count toward their schooling.
If they want to go play in the snow, we might even make up something educational to go along with it and include a REASONABLE amount of that time toward their schooling.
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