Where we live, school begins after Labour Day…so we have a week left of “formal” summer. But does that mean the fun ends?? It doesn’t have to! In fact, since we school at home, we don’t start until even later…but lots of learning goes on…here are just some of the things we do as we ease into the school year!
I am a big proponent of “teachable moments”…the kind that just show up! Keep your eyes open during the school year for these moments…you don’t want to miss them when the homework starts to pile up. Can you plan a “teachable moment?” No, but you can do things to increase the possibility they can happen!
In our house, a lot of learning comes from watching TV…WITH your child, not just plunking them in from of it to keep them quiet. Have you ever sat down and discussed what they are watching? My son and I used to watch Judge Judy together…what a great opportunity to discuss what NOT to do in life! Have you ever taken a good look at commercials? This is a chance to hone your critical thinking skills (a very important skill to have in life!). Or watch the news with them (depending on their age)…wow…so much to learn about our world and current events. (Favourite shows in our house? Mythbusters, Canada’s Worst Drivers (good for our teenagers who are driving age), and most things on TLC….what are some of your favourites?).
Where else can you learn? Well…pretty much everywhere. We try to take a walk every evening… through the park or around the block or into the forest…just think of all the things we have explored! We have seen rainbows, thrown a lot of maple keys and defied gravity on the monkey bars, to just name a few!
Why not play a board game? One of our favourites is Settlers of Catan. We enjoy it at the cottage, so why not play at home too? A game night is a great way to get everyone together for fun…lots of strategy…and a good chance for siblings to practice their kindness to others…nobody likes a sore loser…or winner!
One last thought…how does learning look important to kids?? By seeing it in their parents! One of the biggest influencers in a child’s life is their parents (no matter what they might say). Do you continue to read and learn? It isn’t something that should stop when you graduate…it should be a lifelong kind of thing! Living this example in front of the kids is a powerful example to give!
I am excited to continue our learning this Fall and look back on the fun we had this summer. What things have you discovered this summer with your kids? What big plans do you have for your Fall learning (whether your kids learn at home or at school?) Please share!