Friday, May 23, 2008
The Great Outdoors as a Classroom
This week's Heart of the Matter Online meme is to discuss how we use the great outdoors as our classroom. At first, I thought I'd have to sit this one out since I don't really do much stuff outside, but on further reflection, I have come up with a few examples.
1. Flowers - the kids helped me choose the flowers and did most of the planting. They are also responsible for the watering.
2. Schoolwork outdoors - when the weather is nice, I will often read aloud to the kids while they sit on the trampoline. Well, they walk and do a little jumping, but they have to be pretty quiet.
3. Independent stuff - the kids have been building seige engines in the back yard, having been inspired by our study of medieval history, castles, and warfare.
4. Archery - today, we're going to meet Mr. Math Teacher at the Conservation Club and do some archery. Mr. Math Teacher is going to try deer hunting with some friends this fall, so he needs practice. The kids and I just have fun with target practice.
What do you do to use the great outdoors as a classroom? Check out Heart of the Matter Online and add your ideas.