When it comes to homeschooling your children you may often find you spend a lot of time in your home, you all live their together and now you share this space when attending school as well. This can sometimes be slightly overwhelming, especially to first time homeschooling parents. Luckily there are so many ways to make homeschooling fun and exciting due the flexibility of certain curriculum’s and “out of the box” learning opportunities, often overlooked/ never explored by main stream schools.
We thought we’d put together a list of unconventional places where you could take your child to enhance their homeschooling experience and put the fun back into learning.
- Spend the day at a local museum, this allows for multiple learning opportunities and questions to be asked throughout about various things
- Spend the day at a historical site – learning about your town/ country’s past history
- Visit your local Police and Fire Station, they often do tours for children – which is a great way for them to understand potential dangers and who to call when you’re in trouble.
- Learn how mail works at a local post office. This can be an extremely interesting field trip as the post office is still a service used by many people and companies throughout South Africa and the world.
- Get a greater understanding of the night sky with a trip to the planetarium.
- Visit your local zoo to learn more about animals and their natural habitat
- Get a chance to learn about sea animals too at your local aquarium – this usually makes for a good discussion around litter and why its great to recycle
- Go for a hike in a nearby park or woods, this is popular for leaning about various Eco systems as well as bird watching
- Visit your local nursery to learn all about plants and gardening
- Camp out for a night even if its just in your back yard, this is great for teaching certain life skills to your children
- Have a child or children interested in acting? Visiting a local theatre to watch a show is always such a great way to expose your children to this kind of art, besides just seeing paintings on a wall in a museum.
- Visit a local festival – here you can often see a variety of different foods and also learn a great deal about budgeting and saving for those things you may want one day.
- Photography is a great one – taking photos and documenting our lives has become a huge part of today’s society. Teaching your child how to take a nice photo is definitely something they will enjoy and a great way to let them show their creativity.
- Learn more about different modes of transport and take a quick train or bus ride.
- Taking an arts & crafts class is also something really educational and fun which you can do together with your child. Again allowing their imaginations to go wild and express themselves through art.
We hope you enjoy some of our various suggestions for learning outside of the traditional homeschool classroom – please feel free to send us some pictures of you enjoying these things with your children, firstname.lastname@example.org