Ways to Use the Outdoors in Your Homeschooling Experiences
We have been talking extensively about integrating the outdoors into your family’s homeschool adventures! Last time we explored the importance of making memories through exploring and discovering outdoors. We also focused on the best way to use the outdoors in your adventure is to do it is what YOU and your family can do and the difference the right approach has on using the outdoors to create memory-making experiences!
Now, we are going to dive into some specifics!
What are some specific ways you can use the outdoors in your homeschooling experiences?
Some of these ideas are extremely simple while others are a bit more involved. Remember, to get started it is less important how complex what you are doing is, rather simply getting started is the key!
Do another schooling activity, outside!
This engages your student’s other senses and helps them be more creative and attentive because their scene changes.
Practice the cornerstone habits of discovery: investigate, observe, record!
Get a notebook and send them outside with a list of things to investigate, observe, and record. The artistic learners will thrive with this. The recorders and note-takers will enjoy it too. The fidgety learners will love the activity. The benefits keep on going!
In a spelling funk? Create a spelling list based on the outdoors!
Have them scavenger hunt for outdoor items that start with a certain letter and practice spelling them. a
Make nature journaling essential to your homeschooling.
Capture the joy of the outdoors, observation, investigation, discovery, and more through the habit of nature journaling. Make it a weekly or daily part of your homeschooling. This can be artistic, scientific, active, or anything else you want it to be. Get a nice journal or sketch pad and get them outside observing. P.S. it also helps them practice being quite in strategic moments because some observation needs some quiet too!
This is only the beginning but almost anyone can do them.
Remember, it is all about just getting outside when you can and in the way that makes sense for your family.