Do you use strewing in your homeschool?
Exactly what is strewing?
There is no definitive answer, but I see strewing as providing exciting experiences and resources in our homeschool environment as an invitation to learn and explore new interests.
It doesn’t require excessive planning and can be the source of the most delightful homeschool experiences.
Do you want to know more?
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Strewing is an invitation to learn and discover something new. It’s providing resources and experiences from which your children will naturally learn and grow.
Perhaps you found a fallen birds nest in your backyard and bring it in for the children to have a closer look.
Maybe it’s calling your nature lover over to watch a fascinating video you found about Devil’s Finger fungi.
Above all else, I believe strewing is creating an engaging atmosphere. An educating life.
I’ve often lamented my lack of “passion” about any one topic, but have learned that I’m just a “multipotentialite.”
What is that?
Someone with many interests, who dives deep quickly into a new topic and then moves on when bored. This trait isn’t highly valued in our culture that exalts “passions,” but it does promote adaptability.
Somehow this makes me feel better about not knowing what I want to do when I grow up.
But this is a boon to creating an atmosphere of learning.
I’m interested in almost anything, which in turn helps to create an atmosphere of learning in our homeschool. Somethings are a little more or a little less engaging, but I’m open to knowing more about most topics.
My curiosity helps in creating an educating life for my family and simplifies strewing.
It helps me be excited about any topic, and I pass that on to my children.
- Who wants to do an art project?
- Would you like to go to the ballet?
- Wow, that’s a huge mushroom in the front yard, I wonder what kind it is?
- You’ve got to watch this show on Stonehenge, it’s fascinating.
The atmosphere you create in your family can go a long way towards strewing and learning.
Successful strewing in you homeschool requires you to pay attention to the little things.
- What is your child’s latest interest?
- Do you wish to expose them to a new idea?
- Perhaps you found something interesting and want to share
- Did they recently mention wanting to know more about something?
- Are there any unique events in your area?
How can you sit down in July and know what your children will be interested in come May? You can’t, but homeschool moms often feel like failures if they don’t have an entire year neatly organized and planned every September.
Remember, we’re not trying to replicate the conveyor belt of school our home. We don’t have to follow their structure.
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A huge role for the homeschool mom, especially one with teenagers, is that of a facilitator.
We don’t have all the answers nor do we possess every skill, but we have been around long enough to know where to look.
Part of strewing is helping to locate the needed information to go more in-depth with interests.
- Who do we know that can help our budding linguist learn Spanish?
- Does our amateur photographer need additional equipment?
- When is there a volunteer opportunity available for the family?
- Would our high schooler be interested in this leadership camp?
I know I heard this from Julie Bogart of Brave Writer, but what do we have that teens need? Wheels and money.
The older they get, the more expensive and far-flung their interests may become, and it’s up to the parents to facilitate these interest as much as reasonably possible.
Strewing is also exploring ideas and places. It can be as elaborate as foreign travel or as simple as a new route home you’ve never taken.
It’s asking the question “what if”? My kids love to ask this question.
And isn’t this one of the most important questions? It leads to learning and surprising discoveries.
Strewing provides them space and a little prompting to ask those open-ended questions and seek the answers.
Strewing: The Big Picture
Here I’ve given you the “big picture” overview of the ideas and principles of strewing.
It’s not something you have to start today, so don’t worry that you’re “behind.”
You can begin strewing right where you are with what you have on hand, or you can take the time to plan and get a few ideas ready.
There is no right or wrong time, so go out there and strew.
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