When we decided to homeschool, I hadn’t yet wrapped my mind around the idea that it wouldn’t just be school at home. In fact, it took me a bit. When we create a learning environment, we take a lot of the work off our own shoulders. A learning environment allows our children to learn through entertainment and play. Some of the best learning my children have is not in our textbooks, but in the learning environment I work to create.
10 Ways to Create a Learning Environment
1. Have books of all genres and levels available for your children, where they can easily get to the books.
2. Have a monthly themed book basket. Our current basket is stuff with books about Kansas.
3. Have different kinds of math manipulative sets in storage containers that they can easily open and close.
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4. Science kits. We like to grab a few science kits at Hobby Lobby or Amazon for the weary winter months. Several of these have gone on to be used over and over again.
5. Create STEM Kits from items around the house. Toilet Paper tubes, paper towel tubes, parts from old electronics, parts from used science kits, and more.
6. Craft Supplies. Keep craft supplies readily available. Even if you don’t know how to do a type of craft, your children can likely teach themselves, or a friend may be able to help.
Creative Hands by Fibre-Craft – 300-Piece Assorted Sm’ART Parts – Arts and Crafts – No Scissors or Glue Required – For Ages 3 and UpElmer’s Washable Glitter Glue, Classic Rainbow, Pack of 10 Pens (E199)Dragonfly Corner Easy Beginning Crochet Kit Complete Ebook, Crochet Hooks, Yarn, Videos, Accessories & Bonus Tote BagColorations Simply Washable Tempera Paints, 16 oz. – Set of 17 (Item # SWTALL)Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count
7. Maps. Hang maps on the walls, keep them in notebooks they can find, have atlases, and other geography books around for your children to easily find and use.
Children’s Atlas of God’s WorldWonders & Landmarks 3D Interactive Wall ChartGeography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))24×36 United States, USA Classic Elite Wall Map Mural Poster (Laminated)CoolOwlMaps 2016 United States & World Wall Maps – 36
8. Animals and Pets. Having animals and pets to take care of helps them learn many skills. My girls have a milk cow, and horses. We all enjoy our dogs and cats. They learn nutrition, medicating, and love, and training.
9. Hobbies. Allow your children to find their own hobbies. I have one who loves bees and blacksmithing. I have two who love wood working, two needlework and hand crafts, one drawing and one antique tractors.
10. Involve children in maintenance and repair around the house and car, etc. These are life skills they will need. This fall my 17 year old worked on a washing machine that we got free, and it runs perfectly!!
What have you done in your home to create a learning environment?