How to Get Out of the House in Order to Learn
You'd like to homeschool your kids--and you have the flexibility to do it, but you're wondering how you'll keep them busy all day, every day. Plus, the thought of sitting around the house completing curriculum worksheets all day is a turn-off.
You may be wondering: Does homeschool have to mean that you'll stay at home all the time?
My answer: No.
Most homeschool families regard their communities as their classroom. A trip to the grocery store can offer lessons on math and budgeting for older kids; younger kids can practice colors, letters, and numbers. A visit to an elderly family member is a lesson in compassion. Even an annual doctor's examination can offer a chance to review things like anatomy, good hygiene and--let's face it--the importance of patience while you wait your turn.
Yes, there's much to be learned in the course of everyday living.
Here are two more overlooked places and spaces that may offer affordable learning opportunities for your family. Research your local options online and through telephone calls. Be sure, too, to mention that yours is a homeschool family--many times there is a group or school discount available.
• Parks and recreation departments: Many cities and towns offer free or affordable nature-themed programs. Some offer art and music classes, too. And most offer sports teams or other forms of active engagement.
• Cultural institutions: Museums, zoos and other organizations are often home to education outreach program offices. (The photo above was made at an outstanding art museum in Georgia that has a children's section.) And while some smaller facilities may not have ongoing exhibits targeted at kids, they may offer presentations or workshops from time to time.