Friday, March 9, 2012

Collecting for Lifestyle Learning

I have mentioned before that we are lifestyle learners; that means we learn all day long everyday and I try to create and encourage an environment for learning. Collections and permanent learning stations are the best way to foster lifestyle learning whether you are homeschoolers or traditional schoolers. Some things we collect are...

Sea Shells

We examine there shape, size, texture and most importantly we study the tide pool animals that used to live in them.

Family pictures and antiques are the best way that I have found to inspire a love and understanding of history. "Great grandma grew up in a completely different time and she used this egg beater instead of an electric mixer."

We store our rocks in honey jars and collect them where ever we go. We are continually looking up what kind of rocks they are and how they may have formed.

Sticks, pine cones and other dirty loot...

What is it? Is it a seed or a part of a tree trunk? What kind of tree did it come from? I pretty much let them collect anything that is not currently living or has eyes.

Big blocks and egg cartons for building forts.

We still have our mega blocks even though my kids have seemingly out grown them, they are still valuable for building structures and we add all kinds of things to the crate like egg cartons and big boxes from Costco.

Books, dictionaries, maps and Bibles are great for looking up information on the fly and inspiring geography, reading practice, vocabulary and deeper thought.

Mini tea sets are fun to collect and great for teaching manners as well as encouraging spacial awareness and delicate motor skill development. Every one of our tea sets has one broken piece but only one because kids are fast learners and they don't want to break their things. They are much more gentle with mine now.

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Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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