I can’t fit it all in! Something will have to give…
Oh, wait. I don’t have to fit it all.
Learning does not happen only during the “school day.” Learning is a lifestyle. Learning happens all day, every day whether you plan it or not.
How can you create a lifestyle of learning for yourself and your children? Here are five ways my family enjoys a lifestyle of learning.
1. Go on field trips
Field trips are an incredible way to bring history to life. We have enjoyed open air museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, and historical sites. Everyone in the family remembers something different from the trip, but all benefit.
Traveling with kids can be challenging. Keep in mind, though, how much learning is taking place. There are benefits beyond the obvious educational ones. Find out how your kids can benefit from traveling as well as 25 Games and Activities for Traveling.
2. Read living books
Living books provide food for the mind. A living book will appeal to all ages and is worth reading whether you are 2 or 102. On one trip, we listened to The Wind in the Willows. My husband called it dark chocolate literature because the language was so rich and beautiful. Read more about living books and where to find them without breaking the bank.
Be sure to include a variety of genres such as literature, US history, world history, science, biographies, math, and geography. Also take advantage of audio books. These are great for the car and free time listening. If you are not sure where to begin, check out these book lists.
- A Picture Perfect Childhood by Cay Gibson
- All Through the Ages by Christine Miller
- Ambleside Online
- Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys M. Hunt
- Living Math Books
- Simply Charlotte Mason
- Who Should We Then Read? by Jan Bloom
3. Learn something new
One year my oldest daughter wanted to learn about the constitution, the next about ventriloquism. There is always something new sparking her interest. Find out what your children would like to learn more about and check out books from the library for a summer reading project. Go on a field trip if possible so she can see experience what she is reading first hand. Allow her to practice her skill, if appropriate.
4. Encourage creative pursuits
Encourage learning beyond the pages of a book. Some ideas include:
- Life skills
- Hobbies such as photography or scrapbooking
- Computer programming/website design
5. Model an attitude of learning
Probably the single most important way you can encourage a lifestyle of learning is to model one yourself. Your actions speak louder than words. If your children see you pursuing a dream, learning a new skill or hobby, and reading living books they will usually follow in your footsteps.
You can read how other iHomeschool Network bloggers encourage a lifestyle of learning.
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