That is not to say, we don't learn the above curriculum. It is that we learn the curriculum in a round about way many days of the week and over the weekend. It is amazing what they retain from our round about way of learning.
Over the weekend, we went camping. The children love going out and exploring the river. Nature is vital to our studies. The children question the world around them and it allows for the impromptu learning moments that really stick with them.
|A beautiful place for a classroom!|
Egee loves to pan for gold. Panning holds Little Man's attention for a short while. It is tedious and monotonous work that doesn't offer a quick reward for a six-year-old boy. However, they both can teach another person how to pan. They both understand the concept quite well, and Egee is better at it than I. She is constantly giving me advise on how to better my panning technique.
|Egee and Hubby panning|
|Heading to the river|
|Showing the sand Little Man scooped for her.|
|Looking for gold|
|Scouting out the 'right' spot to dig up sand for sister.|
|Looking for the perfect rock to throw.|
|Playing Uno - great way for Little Man to learn. We reviewed basic number in Spanish along with our colors.|
I have read numerous books to children about life during the Revolutionary Period, Slavery, Pre-Civil War and Civil War. Most of the books we read are centered around children. Egee thought it strange that most of the children never attended school. Little Man did not (he has never attended public school). He pointed out the children learned at home just like they do! He loved hearing about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone and wants to learn the way they did. Most of the children were taught reading and writing and computation. However, they also were taught skills essential to living. Skills we are slowly losing or have lost as a general population. What will happen if we must one day revert to a lifestyle of one hundred plus years ago? Children need nature and nature needs children. We must create good stewards that will pass the information on to the next generation.
|Learning to tend the campfire.|
Camping has allowed us to take our learning to another level without even realizing it! It has opened many doors for discussions of various topics. I hope my children will become good stewards for our natural world.