You Can’t Do This In A Classroom

September 29, 2010

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“At School” this week we shared our thoughts that we are less interested in “where” children learn and more interested in creating vibrant souls in children, regardless if the learning takes place in the home or the classroom.

However, we must admit that one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is the ability to get out into the world and learn; whether the learning takes place in our own back yard, our local small town park or an actual road trip . . .

Planting a square foot garden in our backyard.

Exploring the wildlife and creating habitats in our own backyard.

Observing the wonders of new baby deer in our backyard. (photo taken by MacGyver, age 6)

Exploring and making discoveries at our small town park.

Learning about gardening at The Natural Gardener.

Getting a bird’s eye view at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Making amazing sea creature discoveries at the beach.

Getting to know the animals at the farm.

Being amazed by real dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Nope, you can’t see authentic dinosaur tracks in a classroom. This was so cool! Even for Mommy and Daddy!

We share only a fraction of the “out in the world” learning we do on a daily basis. I wonder where our next adventure will take us? No better place to learn about our world than “out in the world!” So even if you’re in the classroom we encourage you to get out and explore our world as much as possible.

What is the last “out in the world” adventure you experienced?

Life with Joyce and Jeannine


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Tiffany September 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The last we experienced was the park just this morning with another homeschooling family. We take a walk almost every morning and Mason finds something new each day to examine in the field and then bring home for a closer look. We are lucky enough to live near an amazing nature conservation area with a beautiful natural well/ swimming hole and a hiking path full of fossils.

Smart Kids September 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

A couple of days ago we took the kids to a state park near where we live. The massive rock walls and river are very enchanting. We can see this state park from the road leading to our house. Every time we walk up the hill that offers a view of the park our youngest (a 2 year old boy) wants to go to the state park. He just loves watching the people and the animals there as we hike along.

They had a harmless snake on exhibit and the kids got to touch it. The man showing the snake to people was very friendly and answered several question we all had about snakes in the area.

There are rattle snakes in the state park, and we have seen two on our walks there. So the kids are aware of rattle snakes and have had the experience of knowing what they sound like and look like.

Our oldest enjoys looking at rocks and usually brings one or two home. She really wants to go dig for fossils. Hope to get that done next summer.

Deb September 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

We took a day in the middle of the week and went berry picking. It was fantastic – blackberries, raspberries, apples, plums. We saw a snake and lots of bugs and spent the day out in the sun.

Heather September 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Our latest outing was to an oriental market. The sights and smells were definitely from ‘another world’. As our weather cools down, we’ll also be incorporating more nature outings!

Tracey - JustAnotherMommyBlog September 30, 2010 at 7:11 am

We just went to our state capitol for an overnighter!

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