The Outdoor Classroom

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  1.  As much as possible, weather permitting, your classroom should be outside in natural surroundings.  Use a table or home-type desk for the student to work at when inside.  (You will need a place to store books and materials.)  Use a chalkboard that is of medium size and portable.  It can be used for illustrations when cooking, canning, meal planning, doing science experiments, mathematics problems, etc. Actually, the entire house is to be used for your teaching experiences. Homeschooling is meant to be done in natural surroundings where children learn “naturally.”
  2. Use clipboards and small hand blackboards for writing on when outside.
  3.  A picnic table is nice for outside school.
  4. Teaching outside will keep younger children better occupied while you teach the older ones.
  5. Teaching outside tends to quiet hyperactive, nervous, or restless-type students.  At first, there may be moments of distraction, like watching every bug or turning away at every sound, but these moments will pass as the student becomes accustomed to being outside.  Even these distractions can often be turned into lessons.
  6. Teaching outside opens to the students what should have been their very first lesson book – the lesson book of nature – the wonders of God’s creativity in land, water, and sky!
  7. Teaching outside will improve the five senses.  Students will improve the five senses.  Students will become more sensitive to seeing detail, hearing quiet sounds, smelling fragrances, feeling breezes and changes in temperature, and tasting nature through its smells.  This will help develop in them a sensitivity to people, their needs, their loneliness, and their fears.  It will also help them develop a discernment of people’s faces as they pay attention to details in nature.  In their time of trouble it will be the little things that will help them to know how to respond to a friend or an enemy.
  8. Teaching outside offers time for personal prayer, thoughts, and meditation.  It offers opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak gently to students through nature.

 

Excerpt from Ten Principles of True Education, pp. 2-3

Reflect: One Sin

“If one note in the organ be out of key, or harsh in tone, it mars the whole tune. All the other reeds may be in harmony; but the one defective reed destroys the sweetness of all the rest. In every tune it makes discord somewhere. Its noise jars out into every other note. And so one sin destroys the harmony of a whole life. A boy or girl may be obedient, industrious, and honest; but ill-temper is a jarring reed that touches every grace with chill and discord. Let every affection and every thought and every word and every action, be right; then there is music in the life.” —Unknown

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1: What Is Music?

Translated Materials

We have had several that are helping to translate the SonLight Education Ministry materials.  We praise God for their service and thank them abundantly!  Since this is just beginning, there are not many files, as of yet.  But as they are added, you may find the translated files in our Google Drive.  At this point, we have some files in Spanish, and a couple in Portuguese.

Please click the link below to find the translated materials.

TRANSLATIONS

We thank those that were generous with their time and talents to create these for sharing freely with others!!

Family Bible Lessons Y2Q1 MV Update

We have completed the update for Year 2 Quarter 1 of the Family Bible Lessons.  There are now memory verse songs and soundtracks for your family to help you learn the verses.  Books have been updated with the new verses, as a couple have been changed. If you have already printed the book, there is a folder with the changed pages.

FBL Y2Q1

God is good!  May He continue to bless your families!