Right now we are Summer Schooling!
I love summer. The slower paced schedule and the time outside. Everything in bloom. So much to discover. The warm nights. The sunshine. The yummy treats. I love it all!
Our schedule is slow and our formal books may be closed, but I’ve seen that we are learning just as much as any other time of year.
I’ve watched my kids in the garden, observing the plants each day.
The little guy points out a bumble bee in the flowers of our tomato plants and exclaims,
“He’s doing what God made Him to do.”
Or the day we went on a nature study on our property and discovered tons of butterflies in the wildflowers.
“Look! I can see it’s proboscis!”
We watched endlessly as that butterfly sucked up the sweet nectar with its tongue. Can’t do these kinds of observations in books…
Then there are field trips. We went to a local zoo yesterday and my daughter practiced photography. All of the kids (and this mama!) learned a few new things about some of the animals we encountered. It was so much fun to watch them!
This zoo also has museums with lots of old artifacts that I just love. All kinds of old cars, tools, farm equipment, toys, kitchen tools, you name it! We learned quite a bit!
Just getting out each day, without an agenda has the kids learning.
We’ve been able to learn and explore:
- Berry picking in our yard
- Cooking and baking
- Identifying unknown plants
- Garden work every day
- Fixing equipment
- Building Legos daily
- Library trips on rainy days
- Watching birds and other animals
- Studying insects- yes, the boys love catching ’em!
- Watching tadpoles turn to frogs
- Card games every day- never realized how much this helps with math for the little guy!
- Lots of outdoor chores
Oh, and then there’s been lessons around the house:
- Setting up the dehumidifier
- Dealing with a power outage
- Fixing lawn equipment
- Learning new chores
- Fixing a rocking chair that goes back to Grandpa’s childhood!
- Practicing hospitality- lots of company over in summertime
- Drying herbs from the garden
And some of the best lessons:
- Reading Bibles on the porch
- Spending time in prayer over various things
- Living together as a family every day
- Watching God paint the sky at night
I’ve learned this summer that you can’t stop learning! It happens regardless of what books we open or schedule we create. God is teaching us each day, and I will savor each moment!
Join me this summer at the Simply Living for Him Women’s Retreat!
Take some time to slow down, unplug, and recharge. Find quiet and stillness in a gorgeous setting!!
Seek Him, pray, worship, and rest.
Tickets still available!