Operating Our Home-Based Classroom on Homestead Principles

| 4/10/2020 9:56:00 AM


When you made your spring plans and dreamed of the days getting longer and warmer, I’m sure they included putting in your garden, welcoming fluffy chicks, mending the fence, and letting the woodstove finally go out. Yet here we are in the thick of a glorious spring with a responsibility we may not have planned on: home educating our kids!

With the recent events of the world, we all know that our homesteads are the best and safest places for our littles. However, with most of our nation’s schools closed it creates a unique challenge of just how do we educate our kids? So many people I talk with feel unprepared for providing education with minimal resources in our homes. Like me, you may find yourself in a rural part of country where accessing online resources is not always a viable option.

As a licensed educator, I want to take this chance to reassure you that there is so, so much to be learned on the homestead, and now more than ever you have been given the incredible and irreplaceable gift of time with your children. It is likely that when you embarked on your homesteading journey, it was to live a more sustainable life. You wanted to know where your food comes from, how to be self-reliant, and live a more authentic life. Suddenly, all those social obligations, kids sporting events, and extracurriculars that impeded your true visions are all a thing of the past and you are left with a glorious amount of time and clarity about what is most important to you.

No longer will your children have a traditional school day. We have aptly named our home study Corona University. School here consists of a hybrid of a nature-based secular home school, and dirt, and chickens, and plants, and calves, and gardening and more chickens (yes, I’ve accumulated 32 more chickens since the event began). As my Grandpa Vaughan used to say, children will be children if the adults just stay out of the way.

Carrie Williams Howe
5/1/2020 7:34:48 PM

I love that quote - "Children will be children if adults just stay out of the way!" We are finding that to be our experience with the pandemic as well. Our kids are being more self-directed, more creative, and spending more time outside than they usually do with our regular schedule. They're also really enjoying learning in new ways. My son even took a video for my blog about potting soil. Who knew that would interest him? https://homesteadhow-to.com/re-use-potting-soil/

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