The snow has been and gone and signs of spring are starting to appear. We awoke this morning to sunshine and birdsong, so we decided to take our classroom outdoors and go on a lovely walk around the local reservoir.
Taking science lessons outdoors has many intellectual, emotional, physical and social benefits.
The boys were keen to take their binoculars and we couldn't leave the house before packing a picnic! We headed out without paper and pencils today, just to enjoy nature and allow the boys to explore and learn freely.
In this open-ended learning laboratory the boys used all their senses to explore, asking questions along the way.
They identified various types of wildlife furthering their knowledge of Food chains, Food Webs and Ecosystems and collected leaves, twigs and seeds.
It was lovely to sit and ponder whilst having their picnic which has many emotional benefits too such as reducing tension and restlessness. It was nice to wind down and sit for a while after running up muddy tracks, tree climbing, throwing rocks into the water and using the stepping stones to cross the streams.
The boys went off the beaten path on their own intrepid journey! Connecting themselves with nature and following their own interests.
Science lessons needn't be stuck indoors sat with pen and paper learning from a book. Getting the kiddies out and about, doing practical science, will engage them in a meaningful way.
“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.”― John Holt
“We can best help children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn and thinking of ingenious ways to teach it to them, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions -- if they have any -- and helping them explore the things they are most interested in.”― John Holt
Hope you are all having fun Home Ed journeys too! :)
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