Do you do any schooling outside? I mean other than a nature study?
We have taken to enjoying the beautiful spring weather by “doing school” outside periodically. The kids have really enjoyed this and look forward to it. In fact, as the weather has spoiled us into thinking its summer, the kids are upset when I explain we cannot read outside today because it is rainy or too cold.
Here are some ways to bring school outside:
Reading – instead of curling up in your favorite reading chair, bring your books outside. If you kids usually color or build legos while you read, consider having them play in the sandbox or swing on the swing while you read. Maybe they can draw a picture with sidewalk chalk to depict the story.
Science – outdoors is a great place to do science experiments. If you are studying animals or botany then you NEED to be outside. Don’t be afraid to set up the experiment outside and have fun.
Recitation and Memory Work – what better place to practice memory work and recitation than a walk around the block or through the park.
Math – need to mix up the math? Consider math problem with sidewalk chalk or draw numbers on the pavement and give your child a math problem to solve and have them step on the answer. Otherwise, a little math workbook work under a tree isn’t too bad either.
Art – outdoors has many art opportunities. Take out some pencils, colored pencils, or water colors and observe and sketch.
PE – and don’t forget physical education. Spring is a great time to get back outdoors and getting fit. Play hopscotch, jump rope, run around the block. Just get out and get moving.
How do you take your school outside?