One of the key tasks for home school planning is finding a “cure” for spring fever.
I know the importance firsthand, as my boys get restless this time of year when the sun is shining, a breeze is blowing and spring is in the air. After all, who wants to stay inside and focus on bookwork when you can venture outside?
Try incorporating these three tips into your homeschool planning to keep learning right into the summer!
1. Homeschool Planning – Visit a State Park
Educational classes, guided trails and day camping are fun and educational ways to incorporate outdoor learning into your schedule.
This applies to unit studies on astronomy, insects, flowers, trees, geology and weather—with the classroom being a local or state park.
Imagine your students’ anticipation knowing when they are taking a trip outdoors to collect insects, flowers and even rocks. And, if you plan a trip to a park where collection is discouraged, bring along a camera and collect photos instead.
It is a win for everyone when you can apply knowledge in a setting that encourages students to get out and move in the fresh air and sunshine! To find a state park near you, visit Texas.gov.
2. Homeschool Planning – Plant a Vegetable or Flower Garden
Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry! Anyone can plant a garden. It just requires research, preparation and care.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has great tips on how to grow vegetables. Plus, a simple wildflower garden will attract wildlife to your nature schoolroom, enhancing the learning experience.
Students can learn firsthand how nature works by watching a budding flower or plant:
- In containers on the porch or windowsill
- In flowerbeds around the house
- Dug in a small plot of land in the back or side yard
Even the smallest space can display the wonders of nature. Specifically, container gardening is an easy way for new gardeners to be successful in a small space.
Burpee, the seed and plant company, has wonderful tips on how to start a simple container garden. And, home school students of all ages can maintain a small container with ease.
Not only will your family benefit from the harvest, but students will also enjoy watching wildlife like birds and butterflies breeze through. A simple outdoor garden project will help your students learn valuable information about nutrition and botany.
3. Homeschool Planning – Take the Books Outside
Embrace the blessings of spring by moving your home school learning space to the great outdoors!
During the spring, our family routinely takes the kitchen table and chairs into the yard to enjoy sunshine while completing daily lessons. Other ways to move the classroom outside include utilizing a hammock, lawn or patio furniture, or tent. Plus, a blanket on the lawn makes for a relaxing reading nook.
In anticipation of completing a unit study, chapter or module, consider incorporating a reward like a free day outside into your home school planning.
By including a picnic lunch, you will have the perfect prize. Plus, time outside is good for mamas!
Want to know more ways to incorporate the world around you into the classroom? Join Angela O’Dell at both THSC Conventions in Arlington and The Woodlands for encouraging workshops that will help your students embrace a learning lifestyle.