With my oldest son Sam at home with me this year, we are having a delightful time revisiting the joys of relaxed homeschooling. We spend a lot of time talking to each other and I answer lots of his insatiable curious questionings. We read lots of books...he picks some and I pick some for him. We discuss them. He is doing a math review worksheet a day for a few weeks before we pick up some new concepts. I have him trace and draw and pick his favorite wild animal and go research it online. That's his favorite thing to do...to find out the habitats, diets, appearances, and adaptations of wild animals and then make a folded book out of his findings.
But the best thing that we have done this year (and it also happens to be the cheapest school purchase!!) has been our trip to the Dollar Tree for a few simple clipboards. It's revolutionized my son's day! Instead of taking that math sheet and having to sit at the table, he puts it in his clipboard and heads outside. When I have him write letters to relatives or write me a summary of what he has read, I tell him, "Just put it in your clipboard and go find a favorite spot!" He immediately perks up and heads out. He sits on his bed, the couch, the front porch rocker, the hammock and probably some other spots that I have no idea about.
And that's what I love about homeschooling...the flexibility and the adaptability for kids who need lots of breaks, fresh environments, and alternate ways of learning new things. Who knew that our days of learning would flow smoothly and be energized with just the simple addition of a clipboard?!
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