Monday, October 8, 2012

Treehouse School

Last Wednesday, we had one of those days.
Not one of those impossible, is-it-time-for-naps-yet, kind of days.

But one of those the-weather-is-perfect-let's-get-outside kind of days.

We grabbed a couple of our schoolbooks and headed for the treehouse. Most of our curriculum is literature-based anyway so it's easy to adapt it to an outdoor setting.

The cats joined us. I think they were hopeful that food was part of the plan.

After doing some reading and discussing from our Apologia course, I read aloud from Jungle Doctor.

You haven't read Jungle Doctor yet? Well, you're missing out.

Dr. Paul White was a missionary doctor from Australia who went to Tanganyika (now known as Tanzania) in the 1930s. His career was cut short by health issues, but while he was there, he did a marvelous job of recording his adventures.

One of my oft-repeated phrases is "Draw what you hear!"

So while I read about Dr. White's encounters with lions outside the mission clinic, bull elephants charging his little jeep, horrendously unsanitary conditions, and hilarious makeshift surgeries, the kids drew what they heard.

In the finest Charlotte Mason-fashion, the kids listened, and while they did, they interpreted it on paper.

That's why relaxed, literature-based homeschooling is such a perfect fit for our family.

It really inspires the imagination and curiosity - it makes them want to learn more. Instead of "Tanzania" being the strange name of yet another African country, they hear "Tanzania" and can picture the rats roasting over an open fire. Or the mysterious disease killing people in the Mvumi mission hospital. And most importantly, they picture the dear people to whom Dr. White taught the gospel.

You really should try it sometime.

If you're a homeschooling mama who likes following the scope and sequence to the smallest detail, 
just throw it out for the day.

You'll be amazed how much fun you have together and 
how much your children learn outside of the classroom.

Multi-decked treehouses with swinging bridges and circular slides aren't even a requirement.
Just some sunshine, a good book, and a healthy dose of imagination.

Head on over to the Schoolhouse Review Crew to explore the great outdoors!


Kym Thorpe said...

Wonderful pictures!! I wish we had a treehouse - yours is lovely. 8-)

North Laurel said...

It looks like it was the picture-perfect-day :) Awesome treehouse btw. Thanks for linking the other posts pertaining to it- now I want one...!

Brandy Brockhausen said...

Your treehouse is amazing!! What a great place to do school :)

The Zookeeper said...

I love the tree house, I would totally back you up a 100% - Some days are just an outside kinda learning day. No books or shoes required!! Scope and Sequence lol! Yeah right... Your kids look happy as mine when they are out. Your kitty is so cute looks a lot like ours!

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