Good Homeschooling Environments
The majority of home education is done at home. But, parks, libraries and other public places are great homeschool environments for excited kids that want to learn.
Many homeschoolers that like reading make libraries their second home. Others that prefer more physical learning enjoy outdoor parks and watersources where they can play can splash about in kayaks or go bushwalking.
Not only are natural landscapes wonderful places to educate children, but ordinary places like department stores can be remarkably educational. Some parents go to stores like IKEA and let their children play on playground equipment.
Unlike teachers, parents have the flexibility to take only a few children with them as they go on excursions. Some homeschooling families can even pack up for several months and travel overseas; conversely, flexibility allows spontaneity - such as is needed with ad lib excursions (i.e. museums).
Many educators recommend physical activity in green environments is a great way to educate children. Running and kicking footballs in parks are effective forms of education, and a great way for kids to learn without realizing they're learning!
[i] Egon Mermelstein and Lee Shulman, ‘Lack of formal schooling and the Acquisition of Conversation’ Child Development (1967) 38: 39-52.
“Homeschooling and public schooling are as opposite as two sides of a coin. In a homeschooling environment, the teacher need not be certified, but the child MUST learn. In a public school environment, the teacher MUST be certified, but the child need NOT learn.”