From Hiking To Homeschooling

September is here which means we are in our first FULL month of homeschooling.

We chose the homeschooling route this year to have the freedom to pick and choose from learning styles and methods that work best for our kids. Even though we’re still brand new to the homeschool scene, we quickly figured out a way to make it work for our outdoorsy family.

Since there are SO many different types of homeschooling, including our own, I want to share our style and lesson plans with the online world. The goal for this blog is to inspire and serve other homeschool families who live life like we do.

What NOT To Expect From This Blog

I’m gonna rip off the Band-Aid right off here and get what could be considered “controversial stuff” out of the way first.

In the time I’ve spent researching homeschool, I’ve noticed a significant portion of the available resources are centered on some sort of religious organization.

Don’t get me wrong here. I’m NOT saying there is anything wrong with that approach. However, this is one of the many areas of our lives where we are not traditional.

With that being said, you will see we spend more time talking about different cultures and their beliefs as opposed to focusing on one specific denomination. We will also be incorporating more elements of science into our curriculum.

Take all of that as you may. I just want to make it clear that if you’re looking for a good old fashioned religious based curriculum you won’t find that here (but you are still welcome to stop by for ideas). You’ll probably even see weird holidays pop up, like Ostara instead of Easter, and now you know why.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s move on.

What Else Is Different About Our Homeschooling Approach?

Another big difference in our approach is that we don’t stick to one style of homeschooling. We incorporate elements of traditional homeschooling with other non-traditional methods such as “world schooling” and “unschooling”.

I discovered very quickly both of our kids have different learning styles. Our preschooler, Zayne, is 1000% a kinesthetic learner. On the other hand, our first grader, Ava, is more of a visual learner.

This means it’s really easy to do workbooks with Ava, but we have to physically engage Zayne with games or spending time outdoors to get him excited about learning.

Since I am teaching both kids at the same time, I am trying to honor both of their natural learning methods equally. I’ve found that spending half our time indoors with books and games and the other half outside gives each child enough time to learn in their natural way.

How The H@*k Are Our Children Learning OUTDOORS?!

As most of you already know, we are a very outdoorsy family. We firmly believe there doesn’t need to be a divide between learning and nature. There is plenty to learn about all around us, we simply have to ask questions and be willing to find answers.

A majority of our outdoor lessons occur right here in our neighborhood. Whether we take our dogs for a walk, ride our bikes, or head down to the park, we are constantly learning from the world around us.

No matter where you live, there are tons of different plant and animal species, shapes, colors, weather patterns, etc, right outside your door. Each of those, and many other topics, are the perfect focal points for an outdoor lesson.

We also make an effort to have a few more “extravagant” outdoor lessons each month. We do this for various reasons, but mainly because we don’t want our children to get burned out learning in the same environment.

We call these special outings “field trips” to make it a little more exciting for the kids. These field trips range in location from farms or beaches to museums. For these occasions, I go above and beyond to create an entire themed lesson plan to take with us. 

Helping Your Family Learn Outdoors Too

The resources we use for both our indoor and outdoor lessons are a mix of workbooks, board games, free printables, and original content we create.

I will be incorporating links to free and paid resources as well as our original curriculum plans in future blog posts. You can follow along with our lesson plans if you’d like or just pop by to borrow the ideas and resources.

Either way, I’m honored and excited to share our homeschooling journey with you.

Again, the goal for this blog is to inspire other homeschooling families who want to mix things up. I want to help as many families school outside of the box, too.

I’m really looking forward to building an outdoor homeschooling network through this blog. Use the comments section below or send me a direct email anytime you have questions or suggestions for lessons you’d like to see in the future.

Until next time, Happy Homeschoolers 🙂

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