Homeschooling the early years, part 6, outside time

HSing Early Years OutsideTime

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Jump to Part: | Part 1 | 2-An Enriching Environment | 3-Books | 4-Creating & Playing | 5-Friends | 6-Outside Time | 7-Weekly Clubs & Classes | 8-Media Time | 9-Special Days | 10-Trips | 11-Learning Activities | 12-Final Words

This series is about what our family did instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum…So far, I’ve shared about:

  • setting up an enriching environment
  • spending lots of time reading great books
  • making sure to have daily creative and play time
  • having as much friend time as possible…

Continuing on….

Instead of curriculum…..We spent a lot of time outside…

…in our yard, (even dug a sand pit in the backyard that the kids enjoyed for hours!), in friends’ yards on weekly playdates (we were weekly regulars on Margaret Hudson, local artist’s, fabulous co-op property for years as we were close with her grandkids. That property is a natural wonderland for kids! The 1st 3 pics are of my kids playing with friends on that property and you can see some of her famous sculptures, which are ALLLL OVER the property!), went on walks, had weekly park days with friends, and took trips to nature (usually also with friends)…

As you can tell from all the pictures above…my kids have always loved playing outside…especially in the rain. I’ve always enjoyed allowing them, no matter how cold…they can warm up afterwards…we get so few rain days in our area, we need to enjoy them when we can!!  Here are my kids thoroughly enjoying one such day after kid yoga:

And more splashing in puddles on a rainy day…

Mud is also a big hit:

Go on Part 7

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