So… what did we learn today?

Sometimes my friends and family aren’t really sure what my children are learning each day. So this morning was a bit strange for us, atypical, but I thought I would share an example of life learning that can happen anywhere and anytime when we are at educating at home.

We drove out to a greenhouse to buy mums that were on sale. Unfortunately, they were not open for another 40 minutes and being the kind of person that I am, I refused to drive all the way back home and then all the way back out again. In essence, perhaps one could say that we were learning a bit about being environmentally responsible, and being patient as we wait šŸ˜‰ ?Ā  We spent time reading a Bible in the shade of an oak tree. We saw some Canada geese in a field. We then examined a very large spider and its beautiful web. We caught small bugs, threw them into the spider’s web and watched the spider grab the insects, wrap them quickly in silk and then administer a fatal bite to the hapless victims. We played Eye Spy (which included turn-taking!) and our favourite word game of rhyming words. Eden found a wooly bear caterpillar and entertained herself nicely for 20 minutes with it. Back at home we identified the caterpillar and we plan to draw it in our nature journals. We also observed a little chipmunk that is sitting and chirping on our front stoop.

But what about what they need to know?? Well, my point is, who knows that anyway? Really. What do you remember from elementary school?

Of course you could argue that your children are learning similar things on your outings on weekends or in the evenings. Great. I’m glad. But I find that we have more time just to enjoy learning what comes our way daily.

This morning we got to spend some time outside in the beautiful late summer sun, read God’s word, see geese, watch a huge spider catching prey, play games as a family, and learn about a new insect. Sorry, don’t mean to offend, but I have to say that I think this tops time spent inside a school building on a gorgeous day. And guess what? We even learned some stuff.


  1. October 17, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I totally agree šŸ™‚ Where in Ontario are you from? I’m from St.Thomas/London, but live overseas now . . .

    • krekker said,

      October 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

      We are in Guelph… just down the 401! But hey, I see you now live in Mongolia! That’s amazing…. I hope and pray that part of our hs journey will be able to incorporate some mission work somewhere. Just have to wait to hear God’s voice on it! (Right now we just minister to our neighbours as best we can!:)

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