Everyday Homeschool: Making Old Things New
In our modern, fast-paced world of constant innovation, in our everyday homeschool, we tend to overlook the beauty and wisdom of the past. As homeschoolers, we have the benefit of being able to choose how we teach, learn, and grow together as a family. We can tap into a rich tapestry of knowledge and experiences that hold valuable lessons for the present. In its own way, teaching is itself a way of making old things new, with age-old knowledge taking on new life through different perspectives and different experiences. Check out this Homeschool Living to discover how forgotten treasures can add depth and meaning to your everyday homeschool.
Embracing the Power of Books
Books can be gateways to the past, transporting us to different worlds and eras. While modern literature offers its own merits, old books serve as connections to our ancestors, preserving their stories and wisdom and providing insight into the human experience throughout history. Exploring old classics helps to broaden a student’s perspective, enhance language skills, and develop a stronger sense of empathy and understanding. These blog posts from What We Do All Day share some lesser-known classic children’s books dating all the way back to the early 1900s. (Note: As always, parents should review any media they intend to incorporate into their lessons to determine what is appropriate for their family.)
Window Shopping for History
Exploring and examining items from the past is a great way for you to incorporate hands-on history and more into your homeschool living. Antique stores are treasure troves for resources, brimming with relics from long-forgotten times. From furniture, art, and household items, to jewelry, clothing, and toys, every piece tells a unique story and represents a specific period in history. This post from The Homeschool Historian shares some creative ways to turn a trip to an antique store (or yard sale or flea market) into a discussion starter, hands-on history lesson, cataloging exercise, creative writing assignment, research project, and more!