Among the many ways that families choose to homeschool, many of these involve outside time or, “nature studies”, relying on experiences in the physical world to spark the curiosity of children and ignite learning about something new.
Many families are familiar with Charlotte Mason’s work, and build regular outside time into the homeschooling schedule every day. No matter whose philosophy you endorse, how often you get out, and where you live for that matter, there is always something interesting to see – and study – in the outdoors.
The fellow in this photo stopped at my home recently to grab some lunch. Imagine the questions, examination and research that took place over the 45 minutes or so as my family watched his lunch disappear, and again later in the day as we discovered lost binoculars, flipped through field guides and re-read reptile pamphlets we had tucked away from our last visit to the state park.
Anyone can make outside time a regular and important part of learning. It’s easy, inexpensive and immediately applicable to real life.