Discover Life Lessons In The Fresh Air
Wondering how to make the most of your garden in your homeschooling lessons? Follow these fun tips.
Whether you’re already a seasoned homeschooler, or have found yourself thrown in at the deep end following the national closure of schools, making use of your garden space is a fantastic way to connect your children to nature, even if you’re not able to go anywhere. Gardening is important for sensory development, provides a calming atmosphere and is a great learning tool to teach about lifecycles or weather patterns. It doesn’t matter how large or small your garden may be – whether you have an expansive lawn, a small area of decking or take pride in your apartment’s window boxes, there are still many ways to embrace nature as part of your homeschooling schedule.
Recycling To Create Planters
Planters come in all shapes and sizes and when it comes to kids, the quirkier, the better. You can transform an old pair of wellies by filling them up with soil and hanging them from the garden fence, plant Play Doh containers by your back door or even turn an old toy digger into a mobile garden. If you’re willing to part with your Lego, then you can also create a colourful and pretty base with your blocks and plant your seeds inside.
On a sunny day, there’s nothing more inspiring and relaxing than setting up the paints outside and completing a craft activity. You might choose to paint logs to create a stepping-stone path, or else paint large pebbles with your own unique design. If you connect with other homeschoolers in the local area, you could even organise a rock drop, where each of you paints a rock then hides it somewhere locally to be discovered at a later date by someone else.
The garden is a great way to teach your child about shadows and why they exist. To demonstrate how the light falls at different times of day, you can line up some plain white paper in your garden and carefully position several toy figures, for example dinosaurs, giraffes, elephants etc, so that their shadow falls perfectly on the paper. Your children can then trace around the outside of the silhouette and colour in their own shadow animal drawing.
Getting back to nature is the perfect way to introduce how fruit and vegetables are created and the journey they take to our plates. You can be really adventurous about what you choose to grow, but tomatoes, strawberries and courgettes all make excellent starter vegetables, as well as planting some herbs in your window boxes to be used in your meals. Your kids will love watching them grow and you can build watering them into part of your daily routine. This will teach them the responsibility to care for something and to watch it thrive. There’s no better reward than picking your ripe veg and preparing it for dinner either!
Now that you have some homeschooling ideas, it’s time to get creative. Depending on the time of year it is, work out what seeds to plant right now and you might even enjoy attracting some wildlife to your garden too!