Ever feel like hitting the “reset” button on your homeschool? I’ve asked myself many times throughout this journey, “What would I do differently if I could do this year over again?” I’ve become convinced, though, that the one thing I would consistently change is how much time we spend out of doors. I think I have created far too many excuses over the years for why we couldn’t go out, instead of excuses why we could.
Hopefully, you don’t need too much convincing that spending more time with your kids outside is a good idea, but just in case…
getting enough vitamin D is essential to hormone production
studies have shown that artificial light can contribute to nearsightedness
our circadian rhythms are tied to sunlight...more outside time could mean better sleep!
indoor air-pollutants are 25-62% greater than outside levels
sitting too much results in impaired fat-burning capacity
spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans and boosts in serotonin
Oh, and I almost forgot this one. Getting outside is FUN!!!
But, I live in ________.
Yeah, we can fill in that blank too. The city? An apartment? A dangerous area? None of which should prevent us from high-tailing it to our nearest park, greenspace, safe neighborhood, or athletic field as often as humanly possible. If you’re still struggling, plug in your location to this resource and let it find outdoor havens for you. Think of those spaces as a “shared backyard” and make the most of them. Bring along your favorite books or an ongoing project and read and work with the birds and bees as your background noise instead of the A/C. Visit a farmer’s market or outdoor flea market and sample some of the wares. Take a walk on a pier if you live near enough to a waterway. Watch a community softball team practice; you might just inspire the next little pitcher!
But, we don’t have enough time.
I’m about to speak to you as a fellow secular homeschooling friend, instead of as a blogger, here. You ready? If you are homeschooling and you don’t have time to go outside, you are DOING IT WRONG! If you’ve been homeschooling, even for a New York minute, you realize that education at home takes
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