Wednesday, January 9, 2013

When the city is the textbook

Last night, Builder got on my case for taking the kids on two and three trips a week instead of having them bone up on their reading.  So, I did what any reasonable parent would do.  I grabbed My First Parsha Reader off the bookshelf, opened it to the first page of Va'era, and set it down before Thing 1.  "Okay, Thing 1.  Read it."
Thing 1 read it.  Thing 1 read it accurately and fluently.  You were saying, Builder?
Then I explained to Builder that our trips were not only fun, but educational.  After all, who can argue with the National Museum of the American Indian?  Or the Metropolitan Museum of Art?  Or the zoo?  Or the library?  I have a theory that a person could run around New York City for a year and learn more that that person could learn in a classroom.  In fact, part of the reason I like homeschooling is that we sit down for an hour or two of lessons, and then we're out the door.  There's so much that can be learned about history, science and the arts just by running around NYC's landmarks and museums.
Why call it homeschooling?  We're never home.  And that's the way I like it.

1 comment:

  1. I think being out and about in the city is a great way of educating your kids. But you & your husband need to get on the same page about things.


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