“Play is the highest form of research.” -Albert Einstein
This quote is so true, and I am witnessing it with my own two eyes everyday. I am so grateful that I am able to stay home with our kids and give them the opportunity to PLAY as much as they want. I have spent many hours researching the best way to go about homeschooling. What curriculum would be best for my kids? How can I keep it fun etc? When I stop and look back on these first few years of their life and all that they have learned it has almost all been through play, time spent with me be it playing a game, reading to them, explaining things on our neighborhood walks and taking time to answer all their question, or interacting with others. They see everything as a lesson, and I want to keep it that way. Life is their school and I am here to help faciliate the process. I am here to introduce them to new things. I am here to answer their questions. I am here to put a lesson together when they want to learn about something. I am here to PLAY with them. I am here to guide them in this life until they are ready to go on their own. I am here for them always!
PLAY sweet one!
I want them to learn who they are and do what makes them happy.
I want them to learn that life should be fun, and that they are the ones who decide that. Yes, there will be not fun situations, but overall, you should live a life that makes you happy.
I want them to look for the lesson in everything they do, be it playing with a kid, playing with an adult, or playing on their own. All those lessons are important.
I want them learn that it is ok to express their feelings because they do matter.
I want them to get dirty and be ok with that because they are not worrying about what other people think.
I want them to keep their creativity, experiment and try new things.
This was a fun day. We had our friend who is also homeschooled over for the day. It had been raining that morning, but once it stopped the mud pies began, and oh my they seemed to be having so much fun. They were being imaginative, creative and working together.
Here are a couple of books that I am enjoying that help you facilitate learning in a playful way.
Peggy Kaye has several more for different topics that I do not have yet. Check them out. They are good for all kids public/private school and homeschool alike.
Have a wonderful one friends. Until next time!