We are currently moving into a new home and everything is packed. All of our books and curriculum are still put away. Still, this week has been full of learning opportunities!
At our weekly Co-op my five-year-old was intrigued to see her new friend communicating with her mother in American Sign Language. She learned for the first time of this amazing way people communicate and even learned some words in sign language. She thought her new friends some words in Spanish.
Today my boys spent the morning in a nature class learning about monarch butterflies. My older child spent time doing what he loves most. He spoke with a naturalist about Salamanders, asked lots of question, and even got to touch one! He LOVED that!
He is now (as I wrote this) in the “field” observing amphibians in their natural habitat.
In my efforts of igniting a passion to and love of learning I rarely resort to textbooks.
In my 13 years of parenting and 7 years of homeschooling what has serve me best has been experiences. My children’s curiosity has been best nurtured and encouraged by their interactions with people, exploration of the world around them, and exposure to new thinking and ideas.
I encourage engaging people of different backgrounds, professions, and experiences. Ask questions. Learn from others!
I can’t think of a better way to truly encourage real socialization and lifelong learning!
“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” (Albert Einstein)