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You don't have to be in a classroom to learn, and you don't have to have a set time to learn, either. Classes are great if you want to learn something specific, but looking for learning opportunities everywhere and being open and flexible, helps you and your children catch knowledge from your immediate environment. This way, you don't even realise that you are 'in class'! When you first begin homeschooling, you often wonder how your children will learn everything they 'need to know', and there is a lot of pressure to copy a mainstream, mini version school in your living room, with you as the 'teacher'. However, if you take the opportunity to use everyday opportunities to learn, the world becomes a wide and fascinating place. Don't worry if the children don't spend a lot of time at the lovely table you set for them with all the activity books and perfectly organised stationary, it doesn't matter. Just be on the look out for interesting things in your everyday life, instead of on an activity worksheet (although those are handy sometimes too).
|My daughter loves snails and we have|
had some interesting conversations
about how Allah SWT designed them.
She has moved on to cicadas now, after
finding their discarded cases all over the trees
in the backyard.
So you may be wondering where the learning part came in. Well, as could be expected, the kids thought this was all very interesting, and I couldn't tear them away from the window. They were fascinated by all the goings on, it was much better than the telly! My 7 year old daughter suddenly asked 'Mama, I need some white paper' (she meant printer paper...the sort of paper they think is the best to draw on...it has to be perfectly white or it is not good enough). When I asked her what for, she replied that it was to 'trace the big truck outside'. A while ago I had shown her how to trace pictures, by putting her paper on the window and copying something. She thought (logically enough I guess) that she could do the same thing and trace the big truck if she put her nice white paper on the window...fair enough! I explained why this might not work, and my husband said 'Go and sit on the step outside and draw it! You can see it better that way!'. She thought that was a great idea and grabbed her sketch book and jumped out the door. Of course the other children (boys aged almost 6 and 3) followed, took out their little kiddy chairs and something to lean on, and within seconds we had an impromptu sketching session out on the front door step. It really was very interesting to watch all the work going on, the dump truck which moved along the road as the trailer tilted up and let the gravel slide out in all the right places, the grader scraping the gravel and levelling it out, then the roller which
|My 7 yr old daughter sketched this drawing of the|
quarry we can see from our house. Alhamdulilah,
the quarry is actually not as close as this one looks, though!
As the work progressed, and the children drew the trucks, they chatted about what they saw and asked me questions about various things. We talked about where the gravel might have come from and how was made, we looked over to the quarry which we can see from our house, and saw the diggers filling trucks with dirt, and the place where they crush all the rock into gravel for the roads and other uses. This was better than Bob the Builder, any day!
|The Aztec Calendar. A stone carving we saw|
at the exhibition, and which the children recognised
in all the books we read about the subject.
So tomorrow when the road workers arrive and the trucks begin shaking the house, I can forget about the ceiling falling on my head, and be thankful that I have a ready made 'lesson' right outside my front door!