When we began homeschooling I had a plan. I had a schedule. I had a picture in my mind of how all our days were going to go. I thought I knew how to handle this. Boy was I wrong! The first time we went off schedule I was sure the day was shot. Little did I know we would learn more that day than we had all week. This is what happens when we go off schedule.
On a normal day we do our reading, writing, and arithmetic. We have our day laid out and know what to expect and when to expect it. When all of our school work is finished the kids disperse and I can get my work done too. When I throw that schedule out the window and take the time that we were going to do our school work and replace it with one on one time AMAZING things happen.
Today we went outside. It was a gorgeous day. The sun was shining, there was a nice breeze and it was a perfect 75 degrees outside. You really couldn’t beat it. We ran around the yard and made up games. We decided to look around our yard for nature. We aren’t talking leaves and sticks….I wanted my kids to look for the smallest signs of life. We found bugs, lizards, and even a random little mushroom. We even found a dead bumble bee in the yard. To everyone else, I am sure this isn’t a big deal, but we got our magnifying glasses to check it out.
We had a blast studying the bee, his wings, legs, and the little hairs all over him. The kids learned more about bees than they ever imagined I am sure. They then reminded me that we never completed on of our Astronomy science experiments because of the weather. We took their magnifying glasses and witnessed the power of the sun first hand.
We took some leaves and used the magnifying glass to set them on fire. We had water near by of course to put the fire out. We learned how the fire started. We talked about the power of the sun, and discussed fire safety. My kids haven’t stopped talking about it all day.
So what happens when we go off schedule? We connect, we learn, and we have a blast! I don’t think my kids have realized how much they learned today on their “day off”. When we do hands on learning it sparks something in my kids. It sparks that eagerness to learn. They are now busy looking up bees, looking up other things that the sun can do. The hour or two we spent outside has kept them learning ALL DAY LONG!
I am not saying that we throw our schedule out everyday, but take one day a week to really connect with your kids. Throw out your schedule and do something fun. It may just turn out to be a learning experience of a lifetime for everyone!