One of the things I love about life learning (or unschooling, interest led, project based, relaxed or eclectic homeschooling) is that we don’t assume that learning stops just because it’s summer. In fact, I don’t even stop doing the small amount of parent-directed learning we do each day. Life continues on, and learning continues with it.
Sharing music around the campfire with friends has inspired my girls to start learning about music, so they too can contribute songs the next time.
Visiting our friends at an alpaca farm gave us a chance to learn about llamas and alpacas, up close and personal. Did you know that llamas like to say hello by getting really close and sniffing your breath? And that they don’t have any teeth in the front of their upper jaw? And that their lips are like two prehensile fingers, which snuffle up grain very effectively? And that alpacas are actually quite small, maybe chest-high to an adult? (I sure wish I brought my camera out of the bag that day…)
Summer days are perfect for exploring watercolour painting, glitter, popsicle sticks, glue guns, green pumpkins growing on the vine and chicken antics. They’re especially good for learning how to swim, exploring tide pools, wondering about weather records and thinking about climate change.
In fact, almost any day is perfect for practicing the recorder, doing beginner sudoku puzzles, learning about phosphoresence (also known as bioluminescent dinoflagellates, which we haven’t seen yet but plan to see soon), making a cookbook or reading about the sphinx.
And every day we work on habits, no matter where we are: taking care of our bodies, cleaning our space, being kind and considerate to others.
Summer or winter, rain or shine. There’s always something to learn, always something to practice.