Some of us rely on schools to do so many things for our kids ( in addition to keeping them on the straight and narrow, off the streets and out of our hair) but I was thinking that so many things we want to take place in an educational setting really should and often do take place in our homes.
Do not misunderstand I salute and adore my friends who home school. I totally get why they do it and know why I do not. That said we can all make our home the place to learn 12 months a year!
Make your Family Room the Library
Lots reading materials fill our house.
Magazines, newspapers, books, maps put on the fridge. Read Read Read. And yes reading on the laptop counts too.
Multi media is key so movies are awesome and even more so when viewed together
Make your Dining Room the Cafeteria (with no food fights)
Set times for meals
Conversation and fun
Make your Backyard (the driveway and the neighborhood) the Gym class
Be a good sport
Make your Family Field Trippers
Music and art festivals
Water sports- it’s all good and there is no better time than summer.
Make Every Evening Walk a Science Lab
Ponder. The trees, the moon, the clouds.
Remember- We are the first and best teachers of our kids. 12 months a year