Learning at Home (or anyplace else)

Learning is one of those things best done by combining books with practical experience. Today we went to Whole Foods grocery store. The kids had a blast weighing foods and calculating cost, reading labels in the search for wheat or gluten, and tasting new foods. This was a huge amount of school work; reading, comparing, applying reasoning, science, math. I couldn’t have asked for a better day! When I told them all the things they had done for school they were shocked. Jameson said, “But this was fun, Mom!”. That’s what most learning should be. It should engage the child’s (or adult’s) mind in order to truly engrain the information. Books are only the backdrop for true education. It’s the application and experiences combined with the books that make learning happen. Yes, we can learn just from books and sitting in a classroom, but it won’t stay with us very long in the whole scheme of things. So, I want to encourage you, whether you are homeschooling, just a regular  parent, or just have someone you spend a lot of time with that you want to teach, to remember that the most valuable learning is the experiences we bring to childrens lives.

Here is a picture our son drew after reading about planets for the upteenth time. We often talk about planets, galaxies, solar flares, etc. as they fascinate him. I love that he has learned all this, and continues his pursuit of knowledge. So, here is our son’s interpretation of space.

Space by Jameson Heath

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About nigerianmeadows

I am a homeschooling mother of 2 autistic children and cook gluten-free, I homestead on 2.5 acre and raise goats and chickens for dairy and eggs, I garden, cook, quilt, and take photographs. I build, paint, scrub, and dance on tables. I am the ultimate WOMAN!!! Oh, yeah, and I like my husband a whole lot (he is the one that makes all this possible, and he loves me like no other!)
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4 Responses to Learning at Home (or anyplace else)

  1. Laura Little says:

    Thank him for remembering poor, neglected Pluto. The Powers That Be may have de-planetized it, but I refuse to acknowledge their authority.

    • Yeah, it drives him nuts that Pluto was taken out when so much information from past years says it’s a planet, lol! He takes exception to teaching something if you don’t know for sure it’s true 🙂 High expectations…

  2. LindaG says:

    I agree. Crazy people. Pluto will always be a planet to me, too.

    What a wonderful way to teach. Thanks for sharing that!

    • 🙂
      You should see the people in the stores when the boys go in. I always hear thing like, “Wow, what smart boys”, and “I didn’t know kids could figure that stuff out, and so young, too!”. So many kids cannot apply the information they have learned because no one takes the time to guide them in applying it 🙂 It’s amazing how much they can do when allowed to 🙂

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