Marvelous Meandering Homeschool

Here’s what I love about spring:  It never sneaks up like we imagine it will.  It just appears suddenly, right when you think winter will never end.  Last week a foot of snow covered my farm.  Today it is 65 degrees and sunny.  That is the way spring works, like an unexpected package in the mail that comes just when you are feeling like no one cares.

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Spring brings so many changes to our homeschool.  The obvious being the desire to get outside and use the world as our classroom again.  But my favorite part?  The way it invigorates us to learn even when we’re still stuck inside because the yard and meadows are muddy puddles of melted snow.  This morning the sun shined through the classroom window, the sky was a deep, everlasting periwinkle, and our brains felt wide awake for the first time in weeks.

Our Everyday Edit this morning was about Mount Rushmore.  It was a grammar lesson, but when we got to the part that https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Mount_Rushmore_National_Memorial.jpgdescribed whose faces grace the stone hill, the Littles had (of course) studied George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson–my personal fave.  Theodore Roosevelt?  Not so much.  So I told them a bit about our 26th president–his role in the Panama Canal, the Square Deal, and the famous Rough Riders charge on San Juan Hill in Cuba.

Here’s where the meandering came in.  Discussing Cuba led to the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Cold War to Star Wars (the strategy, not the films) to a debate about communism to China to the Middle East to Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope to Henry Hudson and back around to the Panama Canal.

We hadn’t even actually started grammar and the lesson had already lasted almost 45 minutes.  Spring sprang our brains wide open and we had more learning in that winding conversation that we probably did in all our planned lessons.  The Littles were engaged, I was excited (politics and their history being among my favorite topics), and all felt right in the world.

Homeschool offers so many opportunities for meandering learning.  On this beautiful spring day, if you ask me what I like best about homeschooling, I will answer, wholeheartedly, “Being able to discuss anything and everything without worrying about time constraints.”  Of course, if you ask me on another day, my answer may be different–there are so many things to love about homeschooling.

https://i0.wp.com/www.skaveo.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/spring-peter-cottontail-rabbit-bunny-trail.jpgI love spring.  I love its audacity.  I love the way it makes us audacious.  If you are having similar experiences right now, when the whole world–including education–feels brand new, follow that rabbit trail.  Let your littles ask whatever they want and if you don’t know the answer, Google it or break out the encyclopedias.  Engage.  Have fun.  Shake out those snowflake cobwebs.

Sometimes the best education comes from a rabbit trail.  Rabbit trails prepare littles for future lessons or remind them of past lessons.  So meander.  Take a stroll through Cuba, China, and the Middle East.  End up in the Arctic and swoop back down to South America.  I promise, none of you will regret it.

Done any meandering lately?  Feel free to share; I love to hear about your lives.

Love wins,

KT

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  2. brightskymom
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 10:18:55

    Invigorated meandering in the spring — love it!
    ~Lee

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