One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that we can learn SO MUCH when we are outside of our home. Whether it’s with a co-op or play group, or just your little crew getting outside and enjoying what your area has to offer, homeschooling doesn’t mean you have to be at home all day!
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In my last post, I mentioned that we had just made the decision to enroll Monkey in a local charter school. One of the reasons we chose to take this route was that the charter school has frequent field trips. By attending field trips with the school, we are able to gain access to places that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to visit. We are really looking forward to these new adventures!
While I am hopeful that this new charter school will provide us with a community of like minded homeschoolers, having a community is NOT NECESSARY. If you can find a co-op, Facebook group, or Meet Up group that is active and supportive, then by all means, join it and enjoy! But, if you are living in an area where these groups don’t exist, don’t worry, you aren’t alone!
I spent so much time looking for a group to join, but one group wasn’t active, another was only for kids younger than mine, another looked promising but the kids didn’t get along. I had this idea that I couldn’t homeschool effectively without a community, that without other families participating in these outside activities, they weren’t valid learning opportunities. Thinking back on it now, I can see just how false this line of thinking was. When I finally decided that rather than spending so much time looking for a group, we would just get out and see what we could discover in our city, we found so many learning opportunities!
Here’s some of what we found!
San Diego Zoo
We spend a lot at the zoo. It is one of our favorite places to spend the afternoon. We like to go during the off times – less crowds and then we can spend hours talking to the volunteers about the animals!
Each tide pool is like its own little ecosystem. We have a few spots that we monitor on a regular basis to see how the seasons and weather affect the pool.
Water Conservation Garden
This is a recent find and it’s been amazing! We have learned about native plants, how to grow vegetables and decorative plants while still conserving water and how insects help pollinate flowers.
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