I know many (most) of the children we educate are currently learning at home. Projects work beautifully in the home. But don’t forget that authentic learning doesn’t need to be a big involved project. Every day activities are great times for authentic teaching and learning. Cooking is full of reading and math. (I still can’t do math problems unless I picture cooking and/or food in my head!) Planning and implementing a schedule for the day. Writing a grocery list. Estimating the cost of everything in the grocery cart. (My grandmother used to say, “Just count the items in the cart and multiply by 50¢.” Great authentic lesson in inflation!)
I joke that I was the laziest teacher and parent on the planet. If the kids could do something, why should I do it. The truth of the matter is I was doing some really good teaching and parenting, if I say so myself. Honestly, it is more work to have your kids do something. As an adult I could do it neater and faster. If your child is writing a grocery list and you are having to help prompt or spell, it takes twice as long. But if you write the list you are missing an authentic learning moment – on so many levels!
I hope everyone is safe and well.
Best to All, Ellie