Learning outside of the box

I have a small confession. When people start talking about “enrichment activities,” I picture cardboard boxes and peanut butter filled logs at the zoo. I see something intended to make life in captivity a little less dreary. Thing is, as a homeschool family. We don’t need enrichment, per se, because homeschooling already is enriching.

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One of the most enriching activities I think any child can engage in is free time to explore their interests, get bored enough to spark their creativity and get completely engrossed in an activity of their choosing.  This is important to me. We have turned down a lot of excellent educationaly opportunities simply so that my children can have uninterrupted free time. They build forts, challenge each other to competitions, invent games, go on adventures in the pasture and sometimes just lay down and watch the clouds pass by.

We go to nature parks, to museums and to the zoo. We check out local festivals, even if it means driving for a few hours to a town we never heard of just to try Swedish Ostkaka. I protect our unscheduled time so that we have the freedom to just explore.

My children are in 4-H. I have a daughter in cheer. We live on a hobby farm so normal chores are an important part of their education, even if there are no papers to write or tests to study for. Instead, they have honey that needs collected, pigs that need fed and lambs that need raised.

So I don’t have a lengthy list of activities and sports and clubs and co-ops that we are a part of.  This gives them  hours most days to just explore, whether it is outside, in a book or at a park.

This, to me, is enrichment.

Lamb Watch 2018 is underway!

This means I will start updating my facebook page with how the ewes are progressing, what is involved in getting ready for the lambs and pictures of the newborns as soon as they are on their feet. Last year, we even got to capture a birth on video. Feel free to join us and peek into our little shepherding world!

virtual homeschool fair

This is the final week of the 7th Virtual Homeschool Fair. Our topic is:  Enriching Our Learning.

Note: All posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 29th.

Celebrating 7 Years of Homeschool Support & Encouragement by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

All of the Extras by Christy Schaefer @ Unexpected Homeschool

How To Explore Special Interests In Your Homeschool by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine

Putting the Heart Back into our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Adding in the Fun by Michele @Family, Faith and Fridays

The Electives We Use in Our Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool

The Fun Parts of Homeschooling by Annette @ A Net in Time

How we add in the fun stuff. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

Running – for fitness & fun by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

Adding in the Extras by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

What About the Fun Stuff? by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

And the Learning Goes On, And On, And On by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

Let’s See What’s Out There! (Electives and Extras) by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

 


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Kym
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I agree – homeschooling is full of enrichment just because it’s homeschooling! As my kids got older, “enrichment” started meaning the same as “electives” to me though. 🙂

Brittney
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Agreed–free time is so important!

annette
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I hope you have a good lambing season.

Michele P
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You are so right- much enrichment comes from just doing life together!