Back To School posts have been in full swing (and they are very adorable), but for some of us there is no “back to” – just ongoing learning in the daily life of home and community. And despite our lack of back-to-school clothes and new backpacks, our Septembers are pretty awesome. If you’re new to home learning here are some suggestions that can make yours pretty great, too!
Not Back To School Pics
Not Back To School Pictures are one fun way to kick off your September. Some people use grade levels, some don’t. Ours this year will have a chalkboard that looks like this:
- My kids’ ages
- Their current interests
- Goals of what they want to explore this year (reading a series, taking karate, working on budgeting for a new item, visiting local museums, etc.)
- What they think they might like to do as they get older (We don’t say “when you grow up” because home learning allows them to pursue interests much sooner than traditional graduation. I know one mom who’s son began flight lessons at 13!)
At the end of next Spring we will do another chalkboard photo to see what has changed or developed.
Focus On The Season
Another thing we do is to focus on celebrating the new season. Autumn equinox marks a great time to explore global positioning, climate, animal migration, deciduous and evergreen trees, nature art, and to start planning trips at local farms over the fall season. And Oh. So. Much. Baking. We may be saying goodbye to hot days at pools and splash pads, but we’re ringing in the days of cooler hikes and pre-rain field trips (and in-rain trips after that!). You can use apps like AllTrails, google farms in your area, or look for homeschool groups on Facebook to get ideas for how to celebrate your September.
Home learning families have so much more to look forward to in September than mama’s PSL at Starbucks! So let’s get back…to fun!