Nothing beats getting some fresh air out in nature. Close your eyes and imagine. You are walking along a trail all you can hear is your footsteps, along with small rustles in the leaves. You hear the soft drip of rain drops falling onto the leaves and then slowly onto the ground. You take in a deep breath of fresh air. You can smell wet leaves along with a hint of evergreen. You feel relaxed and at peace with your surroundings.
We did our annual new years hike. This is a hike tradition we try to keep up with every year. Yes we hike often with our kids but it is something special about a fresh start to the new year. Getting some much needed mountain air. Where we live it is very cold in the winter. We bundle the kids up wear some boots and hit the trail. It was such a chilly damp day. The type of damp that unless you are warming up by a woodstove you never feel warm. It still gave a sense of comfort walking around in the forest. Growing up I was always hiking with my mom. We camped a lot in the summer and early fall. We were always on an adventure to some place or something. I don’t know if I dragged her along for the ride or she me. Some of the best memories you have as a child are the ones that weren’t a planned event or even a big event. My best memories were just having fun out in the wilderness with my family. No big moments just memories.
The great outdoors is in my families soul. Hiking and camping is a generational thing. I am glad we can keep it going with my family. I hope one day my kids will pass it onto their kids and so on.
My blog is not right now specifically homeschool content but it is something I want to do occasionally for now. So homeschooling….. how do you even start etc. Every state and country is different I am not going to go into detail about that here. I recommend googling your local area for help with that topic. I am here though to give you my experience on homeschooling my three kiddos. Maybe somethings will be helpful maybe not but here I go.
I have kiddos between the age range of 4-7. My three kids have been homeschooling for 3+ years which isn’t a lot but my kids know no different. When we first started doing homeschool my youngest was about 1 1/2 years old. As you can guess as he was slowly becoming a toddler sitting still and being quiet was not an option. Luckily with homeschool you have the flexibility to make your day work around your life. We always start our day with a group reading. We pick a book to read aloud which my youngest loved. He could be read to for hours and be happy. Our favorite book to read was/is Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. Then we start our Language arts which we try to do in a group. This usually includes a book to go with the curriculum, handwriting practice and phonics. My son sometimes sit with us and tries to either write / doodle but he loves listening to the books that we are reading at that time. Our day continues on with Math, Art and Science. If he wants to participate in a science experiment etc he is more than welcome to. Now that he is older and we are slowly working on preschool with him he has his own little curriculum that I work on with him. The awesome thing about the way we do homeschool is his little brain was always picking up the things we were learning. I remember when he was 2 he would be sitting there counting to 20 or interrupt my daughters Kindergarten math to answer the question for her, which always gave me a good laugh. That is the beauty of children their little brains are sponges. They never stop learning just like adults. Even when you stress about the silly things like my child isn’t reading well etc you have to remember you can’t compare children to one another. They each are unique and learn in their own way. I always make sure to have things on hand to keep him busy when he was younger. Home made playdough was my savor. He also loved having his doodle pads so he could scribble and draw what he wanted. He took this time too to sneak in extra mom snuggles since there was no competition for my lap. I imagine if he was an infant during our early homeschool years naps would be my best friend to get school done. My son stopped napping at a year old so I couldn’t use those, but if you have a toddler that naps use that time wisely. If there is something that requires your full attention with no interruption I would take advantage of that time to get that task done. Some days depending on weather we do take our homeschool outside. We will go to a local park get out some energy with either hiking or playing. Then we would pack a picnic lunch and work on our school at a picnic table. I have always been school doesn’t have to have four walls. Now that my son is 4 we have moved onto more preschool style activities to keep him busy. He loves the activity mats that you can play cars and trucks on. We also have preschool games for him such as matching games. Playing is a way of learning so the beauty of it is they are always learning no matter what they may be doing. Oh did I forget to mention playdough….
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