Monday, April 18, 2011

Recipes for Spring Homeschooling

This is my favorite time of year to homeschool. The winter doldrums and disillusions have faded and in its place is the beauty and energy and warmth of Spring! This is the time that I don't cling tightly to "the plan" because when you have sunny skies, low humidity, and mid-70's, you head outside!

Here is our family's annual Spring Homeschooling recipe:

1 quilt
An assortment of pillows
5 field guides
1-2 butterfly nets
Magnifying Glass
Journals for whoever wants them
As many kids as you have

Head outside on an perfect-weather-day. Set up quilt and pillows in any way you want. Grab some simple field guides....trees, caterpillars, bugs/spiders, butterflies, birds, wildflowers for reference. Lay around with your children looking for whatever you can find...birds in the trees, butterflies flitting, little buggies creeping through the grass (that's when a Magnifying Glass is nice!). Draw what you see in your journal...but only if you feel like it. Chase butterflies and hope to catch one. Flop back down and listen to Mama read some of James Herriot's wonderful animal stories. Enjoy the sun and the breeze. Laugh, tickle, watch clouds. Wonder at creation!

Similar One -Ingredient Recipes:
  • Check out a local State Park
  • Hike a Trail
  • Visit a local farm
  • Go Biking
  • Go Camping
  • Go Fishing
  • Walk around your city
  • Plant something
Hope these recipes will help keep your homeschooling fresh and invigorating...nurturing good health and relationships too!


Rachel Hauser said...

Yes, "the plan" does really seem beside the point in April, doesn't it? Very witty post, Aimee. Looks like I need an outside quilt ;)

Bonita said...

Yep, that's the recipe we used when the kids were little, only ours was a wee bit different. We added a cat and a dog who seemed to enjoy it as much as anyone!

Fun times! Make those memories, Mama!

contented sparrow said...

yes, sounds like my kind of recipe, aimee. soak in these precious, fleeting days.
miss you!

Tina Hollenbeck said...

I have to admit that I am jealous! Even though we're in mid-April, we are bracing for 6-10 inches of SNOW starting tomorrow! I know spring and summer will eventually reach up here, too, but when I compare your neck of the woods to here...well, I feel like I really am in the tundra. :^)

Happy Lappy said...

Oh, I just LOVE LOVE this! It almost makes me want to homeschool. Almost :}

Heather said...

Oh, I can't WAIT till our nice weather comes! You've got me itching!

Melon said...

Going outside is truly a relief :) Its autumn we may have a few more days of some sunshine and dry ground left. Perhaps orange and red leaf gathering would be nice :)