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Outdoor Education - Part 2

Angela Boothby



  • January 16, 2019
    9:30 AM
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The Elijah's I give you this our Lord I ask that you or can the in the plan I'm also occasion you know Lord what these parents need you know what these teachers need inside us ask Lord that as we work in the plan of addition you work in the plan of also occasion and that Lord you just accomplish what you want to accomplish in these hearts and your name Amen so the 1st thing you need to do when you are doing out the education is to establish an outdoor costume because the I'll do it can be scary because it's too much too many things to distract and too many things that's why teachers are like no I don't want to go outdoors I can't Where do I begin well just like you have in a classroom in your home probably like this is your home schooling spot maybe it's just the dining table but you still have a spot that you go to just like anything about you have that time they encourage you for devotional time to have that spot you go to you need to have that spot you go to in nature and it can be simple it can be a tree and that is yours and that is your costume but does it mean that you don't branch away from your tree but they still get that feeling of a classroom outside it can be a buncha logs that you set up into a circle you know and you have your husband or you yourself cut down the stump right and then you just section off and Sakya little logs to make a cute little circle you can get us because he is building the gazebo and you can do a T.V. my awesome friend who teaches. 3rd and 4th graders and she has a T.P. she's built a T.P. it's not impossible to build a teepee and it's not extremely expensive debility be either get creative talk to your kids say I want to get them in this this is outdoor education is what school doctor education is they get to facilitate their own learning so talk to them and say what can be your cost and how do you want your classroom to look are we going to build a wilderness survival shelter and that's where we're going to have school and you know so you want to start with that and then ask do you do that then you can use all of God's nature for your classroom but you still have that that idea and that box of I go back years for school I so with science science is definitely one of the easiest ones to do outdoors. I like to do sematic unit it's really easy to do for kindergarten 1st and 2nd is really easy to do honestly all the way up through 8th grade once you hit high school you have to accept that it's separate subjects and that's OK. I just mean certain subjects you can take outside and certain subjects like history Lord I don't know what a teaching history you need to keep indoors OK and that's OK but the case is a try to use a magic unit so what I do is I love to do a year plan I love to sit down and look at my curriculum and do a year plan and so I divide everything by 9 weeks because that's how we work in conference schools with a 9 week system and I base it on my science curriculum because that to me is the easiest to include with outdoors and then I can based on the seasons that I'm in and then I align my reading program with those are the kind of books we read and I and I like my history my fossil studies is always quite fit but for example like communities you know if we're talking about. Earth science you know a little bit easier to go out and about for like feel typified by our community so I also think like OK with his voice also studies I think this is what the weather's going to be like in Michigan this is what I could take them outdoors to do right so I start with my science and there's like there's 4 sections with science easy usually there's life CYA. And earth science and physical science and human body I think it's health sciences like before and so usually that's how I then start and I arrange everything even my Bible stories and I play around with all the other curriculum to line up with those 4 things that make sense because simply science lends itself just naturally to the outdoors super easy to do science outdoors with almost any lesson in science though so some really cool things that you should think about at your home depending on where you are is. Is building some different things to make to make options for other learning environments so such things as you want to create little mini ecosystems to help your kids observe so you can start with bird houses there's incredible. Birds I have to remember where I put stuff on the looking out of computers way harder than looking. OK yeah so. On page 4. There is build up bird house and there's a lot of different really cool like things on line where you can. Follow what other birders are doing and see like observations and you can join bird clubs all these different kind of things I have to remember where put that website if I didn't put it on there I will send it to you just make sure you guys give me emails because I have more stuff to share. With you than just these 3 printouts but I don't want to print out tons of stuff to be honest because I'm a go green kind of girl in a lot of times people get lots of handouts and then they just end up in the trash and so I am happy to follow as you also it's a cool ideas but birdhouses the great thing another thing that you should think about starting is a bat house our bats are actually in charge will I don't know if you know that with the white nose syndrome and there's a really incredible bat program going on right now where it's very scientific base where you have different light charts and so you can throw more advanced math in there quite easily because you're doing stuff. And I. Don't know I'm not a bad idea here I'm sorry I think it's. I really thought that I have about one on the science one well maybe I have don't worry it is to be found the thing is I've presented this a couple times the different ways and so sometimes I get confused about which one that I present and where so the bat when there's a really awesome idea if things are in here don't worry it means you're getting in another way but it is coming because you will get all my resources so I'll just talk and you can I don't really I'm not really necessarily just go through this page by page because I don't really think that's helpful so I'm just going to give you lots of ideas and then you keep using this for other ideas if that makes sense so that's how the bathhouses are really awesome to build they're pretty simple but then you get that math because they have to measure and cut and nail and you also at the cool things and then there's this whole big database that has you do different back projects to observe what kind of bats are coming how many that are coming and actually you're actually helping science you're helping current science because the the organization wants to know how about they're doing in the world and in the U.S. and Pacific OK so that's a really awesome thing to be a part of another thing that I think is a really cool thing to do is to transform your school yard our home your into a butterfly rest stop that's on page to help restore butterfly migration routes by playing seeds of Indigenous policy plans to provide nectar routine and food for caterpillars hollyhocks for example our host plants for the Painted Lady butterfly lupine for the Connor blue bought a fine and milk wheat for and honey suckle for monarchs and other pollinators. And I don't have to read that all for you but the really cool thing you'll see about I'll J.J. Keaton is it requires research which is a as a great skill and it helps them cross all the curriculum any I don't know about if you get this push as a homeschooling parent but as a regular teacher they're always trying to tell you not a regular I'm sorry as a as a classroom what do they always try to tell you make sure you cross the curriculum make sure that you use multiple subjects at one time well that's the cool thing mater to Keith in is that it just mandates it like there's no way that I can figure out how to design a butterfly garden without having to do some research without than having to do some writing without having to do something to 6 without having to do you call it a little bit of like figuring out is this plan going to work is this plan you know and in my area in my neck of the woods what butterflies am I trying to attract you know what China what kind of birds will I reach out to with bird houses. So for me when I did my master's I had a huge paradigm shift in the way that I was thinking because I always heard. That you know God is in nature and that you need to connect with God and they share but when when I did I can admit this before when I did my master's I realized that literally the earth was given to me as a gift and it is my job as his creation to take care of it and to preserve it and so in what ways are you encouraging your children to take care of it and preserve it in your own backyard so by studying the local ecosystem by studying you know what used to live here what does live here well now you can enter into history because then you're also figuring out you know what is the local history in my area what Native Americans used to live in my area what animals did they live off of and instantly as you can see that's the thing us crazy or education is it can take you and all these different rabbit trails and as a teacher somewhere that's terrifying like blue rabbit trail right but if you make that you're playin and you know like that's what I would do as a K 2 I was like OK I know by 9 weeks I will have discussed plant science now I need to move on to this well I wasn't super concerned if I didn't cover every single thing because that's the thing about education it literally repeat enlarges repeats enlarges repeat and I'm not saying that's a bad thing or a good thing but that's simply what education does and largest and repeat but if your kids are doing a really in-depth butterfly unit one year and the next year they're doing a really ends up endangered species in the area are they going to be cheated out of out of the science that they needed to cover No because you're still covering it maybe you're discovering in a different way and you can still make sure you hit the main point because you're worried oh but honestly like for like plants they teach you this is the paddle this is the stigma you know in the next year then the other couple or parts in the next year that are more couple more parts and so by you having it all more one year doesn't mean they're going to know it less they probably will know it more you know your 1st grade or your 3rd grade will be talking about that the subsidies go discover later on in science right so that's what's really cool and that's why I base my curriculum on science and then I work off their. Another really awesome idea is to make your own nature trail and this is where I'm really passionate about trying to get your church involved and I don't know if any of you guys live in areas where your church is is going to work or not but in Holland I was really blessed we live on the Holland School is here in the hall and Church is here and then there's a big green area and then there's woods and then there's a little path and there's a little like a park over there little tiny little park a little gazebo and so there was lots of ability and lots of things so what I asked one year was that I could build a trail around the perimeter of the campus and it would be about. I think maybe a half a mile to go around the perimeter of the campus and it was kind of difficult because it's kind of low and different places and so what I did was I said I'm e-mails all the church now this is a bigger church account was I was really last I was probably I don't know 400 members baby 20310 that something like that and that was quite sure the school to give you an idea was like 35 kids for K. through 8 OK and I talked to specific parish specific fathers and I had a father show up one Sunday where the one with a tractor and a trailer and we blaze a trail around my campus and then my father told me that the loggers in your area who have to cut down trees for different things they are willing to donate the chips for free and what was really amazing is that next Friday I was taking my kids to the nursing home for outreach and they were going to seeing you know as we were driving I saw somebody coming down a log a tree for the electrical wire and I was like I always pray pray that when we come back because there wasn't time I had to catch the appointment with the singing I like pray that they're still there when we come back so when we saying we have passed out I mean we're spout posters and stuff and then on the way back they were still there and so I said as soon as me to Holland have a school it's like 3 miles away is there any way that I can have you with tips and they're like yeah and our company also and I can't with exact hours because like $30.00 to $33.00 hours a year we do community service is just part of our program so if you talk to us we will come and work at your church and school for free and help you build your trail will come down and cut logs so I don't know if your church is in the area but they they dump loads like load after load and pile after mom and a pile of wood chips that my church like I mean that he'll kept growing and growing because I tell I told them to stop I got free which ips. So I don't know if there's a trail that you could start that everybody could enjoy some place and maybe it's even worth even trying to use your local community I mean how cool would that be is that your Adventist church or your average a school but a trail in your community you know and then that trail it might have limitations obviously about if you can put God in it or not but then what's really cool is also you're talking to your city council and also your kids understand how government works and all of a sudden your kids are writing a proposal their way in a persuasive essay Well that's high school level to write a persuasive essay. And so that's what is cool and scary about Arthur's occasion is that the possibilities are endless and you're like Wait how do I keep the curriculum how do I focus but you have to learn to step outside the box and you have to think big ideas every year one of the big ideas I mean Mike my kids must know and worry about how they get there but this has to be covered OK don't worry is 1 point one in that's covered 7.2 in mass covered OK The new math I don't know if you guys are using GO mass but oh my God you know me they teach you like 8 different lessons to get around to do double digit addition when really I just want to stack the numbers on the board as they get carry the one not be like $510.00 plus 7 was and then I divide the I don't know if I knew if I'm just talking jibberish that's math these days I pray for your 1st and 2nd graders it's hard hard hard so what you need to do is you just need to take time as a home schooling parent as a teacher to look at your curriculum. And pull out your big ideas OK concept. Is. Another method of teaching if you want to look at up it's called Katie U.C. K.-U. de lesson planning. There's lots of things about that it's what the to know what your goal is a case you didn't teach or as you want them to think of these the object is what you want them to know which is just a basic fact how they actually understand it which is your big current dept and then applying it. Hey you D. know understand do something with it OK that's cazy it's becoming more popular think goodness it's something that I'm trying to apply in my history as a high school teacher I have my kids I write down my big ideas so for example I'm gone now for 2 and a half weeks from here it is a graceful graciously allowed me to leave because after I meant speaking here I'm super excited but there are Oregon conference schools and Washington conference schools and Idaho torches that opened so much to the message of the Lord and I get to share it so I get to child some more after this and share with other areas about things to do but when I did that when I left I came up with big ideas and concepts So for example let me try to remember so far my history my American history. I wanted them to draw parallels between what is going on with I see a church and what is going on 5 Try taking a tangent but I think this is helpful if you have history so there's a point to this because history doesn't Asli go outdoors with this idea of how the education others occasion is the idea that they draw out the knowledge that we download the knowledge that is out there education and yet still use the garden as your facilitating Yes we'll use the outdoors but that's the main overall thing is that you're drawing out their knowledge instead of just downloading knowledge into them so for the history what I want trying to get them to do is draw parallels between what's going on in our church and what's going on in the world so during Ellen wife lifetime from. 1827 to $115.00 so much American history happened I mean that is during the Civil War That is a time where our nation is changing from before a time it's a colonial time and it is starting to become a baby nation by the end of her lifetime 115 boom if you look at American history book world power of puerile ism a starting How does anything come from here to him here to start with a Revelation 13 prophecy before I left show them how America was in prophecy and now they are going to draw the parallels I put into 4 big concepts technology what is happening in technology from 827-2115 what is happening education because as evidence education comes at this price you know what is the worldly education based on what is advertised education based on from 82721158 little bit later than 1827 I just gave that time frame. Industry and economics what's happening to our cars are we definitely move from of an agrarian society to more an early zation society and what was the last one. OK I don't remember from the top of my head I can look it up in a minute but I don't want to lose a lot of time but the idea was those are big ideas so instead of like they're going to cover the 4 or 5 actually 6 chapters in the history book that I want them to cover but they're going to look at different because they're extracting the information to get to the big concept of how technology moves and how they're doing is they're making a timeline but they're making a timeline of what our church is doing with that and what we're doing with that as a as a nation so then this I've seen parallels because it's incredible to me when our church was burst there's a reason our church was birthed at that time like our church was birthed I'm sorry I get excited but our church is because the civil war happened and we needed a name for our boys have the right to not have to bear arms and that is one of the reasons why we start because we're really anti forming a church because a battle on that idea but then it was like our boys have to carry guns unless we become an organized religion and so that was a day to correlate do you feel like is this really exciting to the kids but that's that big idea do they still learn basic things will they learn everything it's like compared to I was taught the textbook No But will they remember yeah they were him for a whole lot more than me just being like check check got that to that chapter done and that's what you have to step out of you have to step out of that pressure to finish the textbook by the end of the year and to cover every single concept and every topic and every section in that textbook because that is the pressure that is placed on you you have to so you really need to take time to brainstorm big ideas and look at what curriculum I doesn't really matter what curriculum if using the Peca you know whatever homeschooling one has been placed a burden on your heart and that's what works for you because you want to stand as a teacher then go for it you can still pull out your big ideas and your big concepts really here look I think you the building show OK I think I'll go back to the building trail sorry I apologize I am organised in the building trails so the really cool thing about if you facilitate the fact that your kids build a trail whether it's at your church or and your government that's how I got on the history of the government Lord have mercy help. So you know that's a really cool idea if you want to get involved in your local city council but another thing to do which by the way we need a presence in our local city council we need to show that we care about our city if your church closes this doorway your community notice that your church closed its doors and if it won't notice that's a problem are we just doing community service and hanging out free clothes or are we a presence in our community are we the ones who are one thing I really appreciate another great idea to get your church out there and involved back at my mom's school they adopt a highway and the span from I don't remember how many miles but there's a certain amount of miles that go past the school directly and it says you know those adopt a highway and it says the name it says Goebbels Jr County Pinedale Sta church takes care of this portion of the highway pick up trash easy thing to me you can put your family name down there or you can put Sta church if you just want to make that as a witness if you don't want your name directly on it but it's off the highway you know we should we should be a presence in our community not just and I'm not saying there's a thing wrong with doing Bible says we should just be focused on getting Bible says because we can be a Bible study you know we can we can live a Bible study for them and so you can so when you're building your trail what's really awesome is as you have your kids design the trail now they have to learn plant identification now they have to learn tree identification now they have to work out the landscape a little bit now maybe it's not out of Iran where you live but as you're designing that trail and focusing on how to build that trail your kids are very much involved a learning process because they want to put a little signs up well now they need to maybe do artwork you know you can just laminate it doesn't have to be some big wooden poster you know or what impeller that you use the you know it could just be limiting and you change them out every couple of years that's not the end of the world or every year and you know so now you have a writing project now you you cross the board of language arts and that's why I really don't worry about language arts too much because all of this stuff naturally brings in some awesome things but once again you just need to look at your curriculum in language arts and see those main point that you know like what are they really pressing for you to have them accomplish that year and their writing ability but then naturally all of your assignments are going to teach them how to write in those different ways that that makes sense so instead of. A sign that that talks about the description it could be a poem and then now you don't poetry you know like. And stead of. Research little paper about it it could be a list of clues as to how they have to think of questions well when they're coming up with their own questions that also use the nother kind of thinking yeah yeah yeah they have to know the answers if they're the ones coming up with the questions right and so there's a variety of ways that you can teach writing style by having them develop this trail and maybe maybe the trail is not possible maybe there's only a trail near you you can still ask your community is there any way my kid could develop a trail guide and it's just something that goes in a little box can I could be the one developed children is that OK Are you open to it you know if I show you the shelves I would you be interested in printing it would be something that you could make available to you there are state parks you know that you could develop a chill guy in if nothing else your church would be open to it you know your child could do a children's story or you could start adding these are negative you either of these 3 dates or targeted either church services I don't know if I was just doing that back in my day but used to be a section in the church service a mission spotlight and there was an Easter nugget. And they could just use that time in your house and go up front and be like I developed this guide and it could be if I was after negativity but then you just hand out the guy your family that your church is you know you can the biggest thing about this kind of learning is you need to show them that there's a point and that at the end they're going to help somebody or help their local community in some way and that's what's really cool is that crosses now now you're being missionaries which is the bottom line of education you know as that's why we started out as education is so they could walk out as missionaries and often I wonder sometimes are we producing missionaries not because I don't think our hearts are in the right places but it's like telling you you're going to be a carpenter but I never give you a hammer and I never give you a nail but go be a carpenter when you grow up you know I'm going to describe the board to you but to show you what a neo looks like I might be let you touch a hammer but to use it together well we're not ready for that and so. Anytime you know you can you can give them that pass to call missionary experience and show them that God works and bigger ways than just in the Bible study you know like God God goes the Bible always God goes the Bible but sometimes it's working on cars you know working on cars for your neighbors for a day for free or something like that you know like this show them that there's many ways to do missionary and the cool thing is your kids will come up with awesome ways of how to be missionaries once you get them to think like this and they'd realize that their learning is in their hands and they're like whoa I can do this I can do this you're going to watch your kids come up with really cool projects that you never thought up and they're going to discover things and they're going to be future Thomas Edison's and then Jim and Franklin's just what you want you want them to not be mere reflectors of man's thought you want them to be able to think for themselves it's giving them the power to learn what do they find interesting OK this is plant science you really wish they would learn about these kind of players but they are really interested in the and the Japanese flytrap then let them study that you know I mean we'll still in the play a part so you know and if they want to go over to another countries ecosystem America's ecosystems are boring and they want to have the Asian ecosystem find their still learning the principle of our ecosystem works together in a food chain and they're getting the basics but they're being handed the learning and they're being able to discover what they want. So some other just really basic ideas. That I think are really fun and in case you you have to teach the senses the 5 senses right and normally we bring in the paper bags or a blindfold them in the costume and is so funny misspoke you must take it outside all right so what I do is I have these principles and I cut out the pieces of the things that you use right so you use your mouth use your hand use your nose use your eyes and use your years I have these giant books that I make and I cut them out and then I cut up to blank pieces of paper so it turns into a little book that looks like a mouse or looks like an era looks like a nose or looks like an eye and so on and so forth and then we go out and we always start with the eye because I may not have to but just that's what they're most used to us on My kids are not used to being outdoors in nature and this is something that I will now move into That's super crucial for you an outdoor education that is setting up a set spot OK So the way a set spot works is it's their spot it's there it's called We call it a scent box all outer educators use it from the Christian world to the non-Christian world to the non-Christian world they're like you know they get a little crazy like become one with a nature and start acting like that from the butterflies I mean if you want to share whatever you want to view but the idea is that they go to their set box and they just sit. And what was really awesome is my little one I says this that spot with the 5 senses to get them into the idea of us to spot and then we changed it later I'll show you some ideas that I did but we sat there with our i Books and they have their little box of crayons so we have I developed like these little adventure packs and in my adventure pack it's my outdoors what I need in my outdoors adventure pack and I have a little box of Koreans I have a little clip board because nothing is more frustrating to a child when they cannot do a nice art project they don't want to be crummy they want it to be nice so they need that hard surface to be able to draw something nice for the older ones put colored pencils in there not Koreans you know and buy them one of those nice sketchbooks you can get them for cheaper out rust or. Marshals or whatever you guys have in your areas I don't know but this gives them one of those nice hardbound where they feel like they actually wrote a book at the end of it you know and they're just blank pages. Well for a little case you can guy this gives us a Hobby Lobby you know those composition notebooks you can get them that are really awesome for K 2 or whatever if you want but they have wider lines you know the while eyes and then the dots in the middle and then the half the top half is all blank and the bottom half is for writing so now they can write and then draw so I called these Jesus journals and my little kids would have when we went out into nature we always had our Jesus Journal a box of crayons or if maybe not I just feel that we had our stacks of paper and our little mini clipboard and then we had a magnifying glass and we had our bug kits because of the dollar store you can get everything I actually was a doctor here but it's the wrong kind of season but you can get it at the at the dollar store you get these little buckets that they can wear around their shoulders and in size little mini magnifying glass and pliers and also it's a really fun things that can go into their little bug kits. And with older ones and you know maybe maybe it's worth looking at investing in a nice compass you know something that you know that they're interested in for your older ones that will help them be and maybe even a knife whatever you want to do what you think is safe and what you what you're comfortable with but but how that like this is my learning adventure pack and I'm ready to go outdoors OK So back to the senses so they sit there and what's really amazing is my take a toot key to kids came from a variety of backgrounds right sadly broken home sadly that's very much persuade. And our churches as very much alive in our churches and in our communities so they came from strongly media saturated backgrounds where they were they were raised in front of a T.V. where I was boring communicating our teacher calling you boring like how does that possible Look what you have when you're trying to compete against an i Pod let me tell you you're not going to win. But eventually by using nature I started to when it wasn't my fun creative manipulative ideas in the classroom it was by using a. As I slowly started to win the battle against the i Pod and the T.V. but so you take your eyeballs outside and you say and use that spot and you let allow them to be whatever I just did this with my friends little kids and he picked up on a treat and that was his that spot I said why not that's how he sees 6 and said OK that's your set spot so he set up on his little tree I helped him get up there how does Koreans in his little clipboard and and he he do everything he could see from a set but in nature case you give them and you start out small because maybe they're not ready but you really want them to try to expand it to 15 as they get older 30 minutes an hour let them just sit there and explore the world around them observe and that's one thing that they're noticing is because we're always on the go because our brains are always next thing next thing we're not going to be as creative as our past generations because our brain never has time to explore anything like it's always on to the next thought instead of dwelling upon something and trying to solve it. With my little ones kindergarten I saw it 5 minutes and I started with 5 minutes for the 1st book by the 2nd they were ready for 10 minutes already I was impressed because let me tell you the little boy who looked bored that was his 1st time innocent but. He wasn't quite sure what to think about it just as I want to play and he was actually a little boy that had a background in the was but you want to run out the stick and take something in the plot something like I don't want to sit for 5 minutes this is boring teacher I don't like drawing I just want to you know he's outside time for something you know and so teaching kids to sit still this is one thing that I stress too because they need to learn how to sit All right we sit in church we sit to listen we sit to have a conversation like we don't always have to be on the go we can engage and sit for a long time it's not scary to have to teach our kids to sit. And that's one thing that I think I say that can be a struggle sometimes at home school because there's always other things to do and so compared to a classroom where they just have to sit in that 8 hours or whatever 4 hours or whatever is sometimes where the home school the phone rings or I have to cook or you know is so like the kids don't Nestle have to sit for more than 2030 minutes is not a bad idea to teach your kid to sit for an hour or so if you're not called without the 30 minutes and then get up for the 30 minutes you know it's not at the pm that age I don't let's try to make my 7 you'll sit for an hour but teaching them to sit is a good thing to do all right so back to the i Book. They do all of the they can see right and then it's really important those 2 things are really a point out education that suspense spot and storytelling OK which I think correlates way back to like what God wants us to do is sit with him and tell others OK they need to have that opportunity to talk about what they experience and there's a variety of ways you can do that you can stay in a circle and go over your i Books for your older kids you know what I've started suggesting to parent families is that you have like your special rocks and they can write things on rocks or they can bring one thing in and you have this bowl at your dinner table and they can bring one thing in their. Tell a story of something that they did in nature that at supper table identity time and this is this boy you can say can't be anything live you know I don't want to see if he's crawling around my house I don't want to frog climbing I've yet to read that the book the Salamander room of her that book at that one of the pathway reading books Anyways there's a little boy that I was teaching and he did that at home he snuck in and tried to make his room into the Salamander room so he stuck plants and he snuck bugs in and his mom game introversion was in there was like playing some dirt and leaves and you know all sorts of fun stuff and then he took it literally which I think is cute when you ask a set up your parameters like what you want in your house let's set up that bowl so that way you can have that conversation because storytelling is huge and encourage them to want to have more adventures right because then they heard about the older brother who did this well that sounds really cool and then you need to contribute you need to be having a direct experience with nature too as well you know maybe your sis pot looks different maybe S.S. POS working in the garden maybe but something where they see that you observed something and that you saw something in nature that was interesting to you as well and it doesn't always have to have a spiritual connection it could just simply be I was amazed at how this plant grew I was amazed about how big my tomatoes were you know it it just has to be that you're contributing that you're doing this that spot in some way and the storytelling in some way oh I just used a Sharpie marker and we collected like a huge bowl of rocks and then they would just write on their rocks things like I can do a variety of things that could be experiences and then later when we go to pray now we have a whole bunch of stuff to pray about like these are blessings because you know kids prayers just get repetitive Well now they have their blessing rocks because we just wrote things that we experience in nature on the rocks. Then the next thing I did was I blind full of my kids and there's that spot like the next day and now they have to just sit there and listen quietly for 10 minutes and then they take their blindfold off and they get to drawl everything that they heard and then we walk around and we we walk around and we smell things and then I also sometimes just sit there and life with them again and they just have to sit there and see if they can smell and then they use their nose look to smell and then with the touching I let them touch Now this is really cool because it's a great opportunity to teach them poison ivy and poison oak and then you can start teaches them play identification right but I want them to touch everything I want them to feel the squishiness of mosse between their hands I want them to feel them like how many different textures can you find is set up you know if you think about school we just limit it this is smooth Has this is you know this cute little book this this sandpapery this is soft you know and they're like OK this is this the feelings well out there thoughts can feel pokey sometimes great and smooth can also kind of feel bumpy like all the sudden it's not just perfect like it's not it's loose parts because I'm answerable questions just like when my surface can feel multiple different feelings and if you know if you're wondering is my kid going to learn they're going to learn more with this than compared to this one pots one equals 2 OK got that thank you you know like. And then the taste I did do that went inside simply because at that point I was young and I didn't know a lot of plant identification as I was about ready to go out there with somebody else's kids and be like Yes Guys let's pick things in her house and I didn't really feel like my age group was quite ready for like you know I was pretty pretty sure that I started letting them put plants in their mouth they go home and start putting plants in their mouth and I don't I don't know what's poisonous and not poisonous so maybe K. 2 is not this thing to teach you know put everything in your mouth maybe wait till they're 78 graders and they can know the difference because you know mushrooms are deadly ha. In the garden there you go do taste testing and this is the only place guys that we do taste testing in tell you are ready to explore outside the garden you can do as a home school or as a teacher I didn't touch that with a 10 foot pole or. Some other just ran ideas and I think you'll find that once you start thinking this way once you start to train your brain to think like this was really cool when you start here at the curriculum you candidates come up with ideas. So some of the ideas that I think is a really cool follow your nose activity is super awesome if you divide the group in half using onion another object with a strong smell how one of you rub the onion on trees to mark the trail the other group has to follow by sniffing the scent you know it so that's really cool it gets them outside and you can decide if you want to just to turn that into writing project if you want to teach them. How to identify the diversity in garlic and onion or if you just simply want to teach them the the use of the the nose you know with senses the creative thing about K 2 material is pretty basic We just have all these dots and lines of they think they have to cross and if we just learn to think the big ideas they will pick the journey with our kids will be a guy get it through 5th 6th 7th 8th and all the kind of things. The blank should I think is super awesome create a blind nature trail for your students fill a variety of sounds smells and textures that they can experience with their 5 scenes senses keep in mind the elements of writing seem in mystery you can tie knots in the rope at certain places where you are challenged notice something in particular like an interesting smell or texture variety can be out in different ways for example pick a theme to explore along the trail for an element of mystery such as a line that branches off the main rope and in that interesting place before beginning go after over safety rules. And indicate which side of the rope children to walk on also model how to explore the trail with the 5 senses so that students won't rush through the course and encourage silence during this activity spread students along the trail and allow them to go at their own pace fall back to the discussion of what they experience on the trail. Though when I was a classroom teacher I have 3 recesses as a key to the teacher I don't know how you guys do that your home but I made sure that I had there in the recesses that were called Green recesses where there was an imaginative play they were not allowed to play on the playground there was off the playground they just had to go and I had some kick back a little bit naturally because let's be honest the kids come back a little bit dirty you know but I had to educate my parents and you have to educate others about how it's worth their dirty parents right and if it means that their school clothes aren't is nice you know then find this school clothes aren't as nice as they're supposed to be you know and that's OK You know so their kids come to school and the little bit of holy P.S. is that the end of the world no you know but it takes education right you can't really like say all these parents are terrible or school boards or education system is terrible like we're just following the what we were trained you know my education now my different colleges I went to lots I went to India University for you I was an evil college in England for a year I went to southwestern evidence University in Texas and I graduated from there awesome experiences all along the way but nobody taught me how to teach like this but that's because they're following their curriculum you know you can't really blame the system we've just gotten caught up with the system and we don't know how to say to read the book educate I have to be the book education in school how come I didn't notice any of the stuff it was all right there how to teach but I didn't have the eyes to see them I didn't have the lenses on and your kids don't have the lens on to see God in nature we think that we're taking them out no we have to teach them how to see God Otherwise it's just a walk in nature it's not it's not teaching them how to see God unless we teach them how to stop and smell and that's. I stood sponsor crucial and storytelling is Kushi crucial just like you walk with God It's crucial that you have time with him it is crucial that you share about him in some way or it dies right Same thing with nature for so decide if you're going to have green time every day with your kids decide how much screen time you're going to have a try to have unstructured imaginative play they're building for if they're playing cowboys and Indians you know whatever you want to allow them to play just try just let them go crazy and be imaginative and this is where your Their biggest job is going to come in as a teacher is picking out those big ideas so you don't get stressed when a dead a possum comes along and they spend the day digging the possum and you didn't checklist what you need to check off as a teacher right because there's an extreme pressure and it's really hard to get over the hump Believe me I am a trained teachers through and through and my mum is a teacher and like I'm a teacher and I want to fight I love finisher of all text books like that is my goal and every chapter and every page will be crossed off you know and like stepping out of that is really difficult for me but it's just sitting down at that beginning of the school year and saying what is crucial what is absolutely crucial but pick out big ideas and of course you're probably going to write down as you begin to do this is certain facts and they need to know you know it's not going to just be the big ideas you are going to be like they need to know the parts of a plan they need to know so many biomes or so many you know those big ideas might have to pick out or like. The language arts I do think that's crucial to write a list of what kind of writing needs to happen that and there are certain things like grammar and you know that might be worth pulling in some worksheets to make sure they understand some grammar but then of same time when those they're writing those different assignments you know you can have one of the other kids at it that's excellent you know have your students at each other's work and then there's the editor you know as many real life scenarios as you can put into your education where you're having your students play the role of other real life scenarios that will help the education come alive. Animal tracking is a really awesome idea. To am a tracking area make a mini pond is a really cool idea. Really easy to do with one of those cheap Walmart blue. Blue little tubs before long you'll get some nice green scum and all sorts of cool things in there and you can make it better where you dig in the ground actually make a pond one of my friends. Literally her husband Doug or for his wedding present to her he dug her a hot tub and he's a black tart put me here the hot summer is such a labor of love I don't know how it's working but I mean if you can make a hot tub I think we can make upon our backyard road by digging a hole and seeing how we can come up with things to get into it by going maybe even to the grocery store and buying some 99 cent goldfish and seeing to what we can put in there. The question was how do I get my hours when I'm trying to cross to a killer How do I count like that make sure the state I meet the state protocol which state are you under Washington State so I'm not a super familiar with that because I didn't have anything like that plus I'm not a homeschooling parent so maybe there's some expertise from you guys for me personally I would just check it like all the boxes like an hour of math is an hour of math regardless of the fact of the hour of math is power of math and English and History at the same time I went to think that was this on this in any way shape or form and I could prove with the state every question I have a look at this is whether accomplishing a mass in our English in science and I don't think it's a problem to check all boxes whatever was being covered in that our question was if my 1st grader struggling with this crappy How do I help them with the writing section the sets the pop time so during the the set spot time I do not want them to talk to me I really want to just be student directed learning time and not be able I want them to learn I think we need to teach our kids to to have delayed gratification and that's a really hard thing in this society and I think that's a really hard thing as a home sleeping because I'm like in a classroom where I have 15 students the answer I can answer your question right away as a mom you can answer that question right away right like saying like I'm going to step back and let you wrestle with this is really hard and confusing to the child you're right there you're available in the classroom clearly they can see you're not available right it's I think it's a little bit more difficult and the whole place so sit by is super important that is just your time and so when I was it was I just have them draw all everything and then when you come back what I did for my 1st graders was I didn't push them I don't think we need to push them and I would write on a sticky you know exactly what they wanted me to say and I'd even help them make sure the sentences were proper and then they would sit down at their desk and they would just copy my stick you know into their little books I wasn't super worried about as a 1st grader that they were able to slowly write independently or come up with proper sentences that will come honestly the learning process that we push it on and it will come it will come and it will come fat. Aster if we hold back so if they're not even ready to copy the letters at that's too much then then just had them draw and they will learn how to hold their pencil you can also get those more expensive pencil grips. That help them hold their pencil properly and that helps in their writing to let your child write even if it's not legible just let them let them pretend they're writing a great book into the most fantastic Arthur on the planet in then if they tell you something if I tell you something completely when then then what they had their minds and they wrote it because that's just the way they are the probably like oh I wrote about this Mr Pyne I mean what they really wrote about but that's OK because I mean the point of them getting to learn how to write will happen this media was brought to you by audio person a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or you would like to listen to more sermon leave this W W W dot audio person dot org.


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