Hands On Homeschooling: Let’s Get Dirty
Do you take a hands-on homeschooling approach when teaching your kids? When it comes to homeschooling, I really like to get the kids working on projects that require a lot of participation. I want them to get completely involved in the topic that they are learning. This is especially true when it comes to science projects and studies. I have found that the kids really get into the full swing of participation when they find a good science project that they can get dirty doing.
If you want to start incorporating these types of hands-on homeschooling projects into your curriculum, check out the benefits and some really fun projects that you can do.
Why You Should Do Hands-On Homeschooling and Dirt Filled Projects
Did you know that hands-on homeschooling projects exactly like these that we will talk about here will actually help our children to be healthier? Yes, that’s right! These health benefits include both physical and mental health. Does that sound unbelievable to you? It’s not unbelievable. It is very much true.
The immune system is built in childhood. As much as you may want to avoid your child getting dirty, or the germs that live in dirt and bugs, these are all things that will help to boost that will boost the immune system and help it grow to be as strong as can be. In order for the immune system to know what germs to fight off, it first must be introduced to them.
If you are hesitant to do these types of projects because you don’t want to stain the kids’ clothes and get dirt all over, it is time to just get over it. This kind of project is great for teaching the children the wonderful things that come from nature and how much educational fun can be had when we get our hands dirty and have fun learning! This kind of educational fun is great for mental health.
Fun Hands-On Homeschooling Projects: Let’s Get Dirty
The educational benefits of hands on homeschooling and projects and experiments that get you dirty are almost endless and there are never ending experiment potentials for anyone who enjoys these hands-on homeschooling projects that get you dirty. If you are ready to get dirty doing these hands-on homeschooling science and nature projects, here are some of our favorites:
Learn how to build your own wormery – judging by how many people have seen this post, lots of you want to learn how to create one! This little project doesn’t require many supplies, but you do have to be prepared to get dirty and to touch worms.
In case you don’t know what a wormery is, I’ll give you a little run down. First of all, it’s an awesome project that features worms (and we all know a kid or two that loves worms, am I right?). This small-scale project is a simple, efficient way to learn the benefits of worms and how much good they do for your backyard garden. A wormery shows you how the natural action of worms can convert your ordinary kitchen waste into rich, organic compost.
I love the wormery because it’s simple to create, it’s a fun way to introduce the ecosystem into your curriculum, and it’s fun to watch the worms do all of the things that worms are so great at doing. Even as adults we often forget what useful creatures worms are and creating a wormery and watching them in action is a great way to remind ourselves how much earthworms do for our ecosystem.
I love this hands-on homeschooling project because it teaches gardening basics, while also reusing products that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage. I am a big supporter of teaching the children the importance of less waste!
Seed gardening is a great use of used kcups, the kcups already have holes in them which means less work for you. They are the perfect size for planting seeds and a great option to use when you are wanting to plant a small herb garden. It’s so easy, all you need is some used kcups, seeds and soil!
If you don’t use a Keurig coffee maker, I would bet that you know someone who does. Why not put a request on social media offering to take people’s used kcups off their hands?
Learn how to use a small box to create a mini succulent garden. This is a great way to teach kids how to create an indoor plant display, and what type of environment is needed to allow plants to thrive.
An added benefit to this project is that you can easily use these cute succulents in a box to decorate your home or even give them as gifts. Or, you can let the kids keep them in their room and give them the responsibility of continuing to care for them, which is another lesson in itself.
You might not realize this, but gardening itself is full of awesome learning experiences and is a great subject to add to your curriculum. The cool thing about gardening is that in reality it can encompass many different subjects.
- Physical Education
- And more
Backyard gardening also has many benefits, especially for kids. These benefits include:
- The ability to enjoy healthy fresh fruits and vegetables
- Learn how to cultivate and grow things from seeds
- Gardening is great exercise
- Building planning and organizational skills
- Gardening engages the senses
- It teaches responsibility
- And so much more
This post shows you how to make a small, raised bed garden with just a few supplies. You can build the garden and extend that into months of educational opportunities with the garden itself. This is a simple way to bring gardening in your hands-on homeschooling curriculum.
These types of projects open your children’s eyes to a whole new world. Schooling is not just about textbooks and laptops. The whole world is our classroom and it provides endless opportunities for learning.
You might find that these dirty projects are so much fun, that you just want to discover more and more hands-on homeschooling projects to do. Not only will your children be learning, but you will be too!