30 Days of Natural Learning in Photos: Day 12

The laws of physics.

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Oh the joys of baking and being to short to fully reach the top shelf. Thankful for my helper 🙂

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30 Days of Natural Learning in Photos: Day 11

Yesterday, we visited a local museum and heritage village. We learned about celebrations from different cultures and then stepped back in time to see how Christmas was celebrated in pioneer times. My kids were more interested in the non-Christmas related buildings but fun was had by all, other than the freezing faces.

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Learning about Eid, colouring and making window decorations for the light to shine through.

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30 Days of Natural Learning in Photos: Day 10

A little bit late posting, it’s been a busy week.

Wednesday, we visited a butterfly conservatory for a homeschool program they host. The theme for the day was birds, and included a scavenger hunt, stories, science experiments, hands-on learning and crafts.

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Very proud of the nest she made with mom.
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Nest building work-in-progress.

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30 Days of Natural Learning in Photos: Day 9

Yesterday, we went on a day trip to the Aquarium in Toronto, but first we had to hang out at the mall, while dad went for an interview.

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I must say the aquarium was amazing.  I could have stayed there for many hours just watching the fish swim, it is so calming, and there were so many different species to look for.  We did not see everything during our stay, but it was certainly filled with many learning opportunities.

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I liked the children’s play area, even though my kids ended up soaking wet. The water table allowed for learning about physics and there was even a display on the wall explaining how lock systems work, which the children were able to connect with as they have visited the locks in the Niagara Region.

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It was nice that they placed the play area in the middle of the aquarium galleries so that the kids could have a chance to burn off some energy, even though it was difficult to pull them away from it when it was time to continue on.  After the play area, there was still quite a bit to see, and I liked that there were plenty of interactive activities.  I love learning through trips into the “field,” the kids love them and they learn lots without even realizing it.

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30 days of Natural Learning in Photos: Day 8

On Sunday’s, we usually go out for breakfast, the kids will draw pictures on the back of the placemats or colour the pictures provided at the restaurant.

Today we ended up learning about the basics of fractions. When Evelyn opened her napkin she noticed that it was divided into four sections and proceeded to count them. This led to the concept of fourths and adding them up to make a whole (even though the parts weren’t equal in size they were close enough to demonstrate the concept). What a great opportunity to learn some math 🙂

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Later in the day, Evelyn wanted to learn how to use the Klutz crotchet kit, which she is still a bit young for, she wouldn’t let us dismiss it again but insisted that we figured it out. So we pulled out the instructions and I tried my hand at the chain stitch, apparently I am not very skilled at deciphering crotchet instructions, do dad decided he would figure it out for us. It wasn’t as easy as he thought, but he persevered and figured it out.

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Another fine example of natural learning which demonstrates the fact that learning is a lifelong journey.

Homeschool Mess!

FullSizeRender (2)  I don’t know about the rest of you but I often dream about what my house would look like if my kids went to school.  Of course I would never trade a clean house for a home education, but I cannot get over the amount of mess my kids can generate in one day.  And, of course, my son does not want any of his creations to be “put away” until he is finished with them at some point in the infinite future. Continue reading