Homeschooling Through Nature

I’ve always said that my homeschooling goal was to educate Bella so gently that she doesn’t really remember how she came to know her basic subjects like math and reading.  I want these things embedded poetically throughout our days.  If she does have memories of her formal education – then I want those memories to be beautiful and positive.  Nature walks, bike rides and picnics are some of the things we do throughout our week.  Sometimes I teach her lessons in the grass, sometimes in a tree.  I aim for variety and earthiness.  Here’s what a nature lesson looks like…

Homeschooling Through Nature

With some stones, seeds, and an old stump, you can practice numbers!  Sticks, leaves or any other small treasures readily available in nature can work as well. Gathering the necessary materials is part of the fun!

 Homeschooling Through Nature

Numbers created this way are beautiful enough to be called land art!

Homeschooling Through Nature

You can practice number shapes and then graduate to adding and subtracting… One thing that was surprising to me was how easy it is for a young child to “read” a math equation.  Once they know their numbers and you have taught them the symbols plus, minus, and equals… they can read a math equation.  For Bella, this came earlier than reading word sentences.  One of the very best things about homeschooling my daughter has been discovering more about her learning process… something I might not have known much about if she were being educated by someone else.  For me that has been a real treasure and I am so grateful for this unanticipated gift.

 

Comments

  1. What a lovely way to teach numbers!

  2. Love seeing this!

  3. Momma to 1 says:

    Those numbers are beautiful! Enjoyed reading this!