About Me

I'm a mom, a teacher, a student, a wife, and a scout leader. I am actually an education major currently working on my practicum in a 2nd grade classroom. I also home school my two children. I'm also a cub scout leader, a girl scout leader, and at church I'm the children's music leader. ;) I tend to stay a little busy. My state requires homeschoolers to keep a portfolio. I am going to use this blog as my portfolio.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Education Outside the Box

So, I created this cute little graphic for the front of my 3-ring binder that now contains all my ideas for "Educating Outside the Box". :) Yesterday, I was listening to one of K12's Speaker Series Sessions called "The K-5 Learning Coach Checklist: Little Things That Can Make a Big Difference" by Lauren Wallace. She had a list of things she does and how often and it was wonderful. But, one of them was that twice a month we should do something "outside the box" or "stealth learning". What is stealth learning? I wondered the same thing. Wallace said that she calls those times when children are learning but don't realize it because they are just having so much fun stealth learning. I thought it was such a cute word for it.

Why did I put this image on the front of my notebook. Well, that's b/c I'm trying to come up with ideas. I have printed off brochures for local field trip ideas. I even found the South Carolina Junior Park Ranger program so I've printed off the requirements for that. I figured that if nothing else we can go out into the woods or the local state park and pass off some of the requirements. So, I'm just using all the information that I gather (brochures at Welcome Centers) and just anything that I can get my hands on and keeping them in this notebook. Every other Friday we will try to do something from it. Even if it's just something as simple as doing school outside. As I gather ideas I'll post them here. Any ideas that you have, please post them here as well.