Sometimes you really need to close the books and build a tent that takes up your entire living room.
Along with teaching to your kids’ learning styles and incorporating nature study into your curriculum, one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is the free time your kids have at their disposal.
With the video games and television firmly turned off (usually, anyway), free time is an extremely important part of our daily schedule. They are free to explore their interests, paint, do crafts, climb the apple tree, play with their toys in new creative ways, dress up and act like animals, create games, draw, get messy, make mud, and enjoy childhood. Free time is a beautiful thing.
Free time is incredibly valuable in teaching the kids to take initiative, to begin and finish projects, and to cooperate with others as they practice these skills in this little microcosm alone or with their siblings. It is time for self-directed sensory and hands on play and learning. Protecting free time in our daily schedule is as important as making the time for reading and math instruction. It is vital for a happy homeschool day, and for well-educated, well-rounded, independent kids. And I get a little break too, which might be a factor in how carefully I guard this time. It’s fun for all of us!