What Counts as School

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on what counts as school. The conversation starts out fun, when Greta asks if we can do school in our jammies, does baking cookies count as math, and if Legos really are learning tools, or just toys.
However, we realize this is a topic many homeschoolers wrestle with, so we dive in and do our best to blend thoughtful ideas with our laughter.
Throughout the episode, we all agree that one of the most wonderful parts of homeschooling is the freedom to teach school in a way that works best for us as teachers and for our kids as learners. That means all of us do school a little differently.
Some of us have more relaxed home school routines. Most of us scaled back when we had new babies. Each of us loves the idea of incorporating play as real learning time. And while we all see the value in spending one day of the school week pursuing nature study with our home school group, some of us don’t like to have too many other outings scheduled in one week.
What we end up with is an understanding that real learning takes place in many different ways, and in many different places. The key is to get our kids to fall in love with all those kinds of learning, so they’ll be learners for the rest of their lives.

(For this episode we have created another hashtag #athomereallearning. We want to see all the real learning your kids are doing at home—in their jammies, cooking in the kitchen, on the nature trail, with their math books, building forts, writing stories, at the grocery store, and wherever else your learning takes you. Share with us!)
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