Homeschool scavenger hunts

We’ve decided to add a component to our kids’ homeschool classes.

Monthly scavenger hunts.

See, a person needs a lot of skills to move out into the world on their own. Skills like, what do bus stops look like in different cities? Or, what are the rules for bicycling? People need to know things like, where do I rent a moving truck? They need to know how to find the movie theater, they need to know how much a coffee date costs, the need to know how late the trains run.

There are a lot of things a person has to learn in order to move out into the world on their own.

So we’ve started scavenger hunts.

Once a month, more or less, as schedule permits, we will send the kids out into the world with a set of goals to accomplish. Take a bunch of photos of things, do a few activities, and return home to tell us about it.

Yesterday’s was the first, and was fairly easy. Walk over to the University Student Center, find the Transit Station, find the store, buy a treat, take pictures of a number of things.

Now, when we tell them “you catch that bus at the student center,” they will already know where that is and what to do.

Small steps.

Achievable accomplishment.

Finding a way to competence.

That’s what homeschooling is all about.

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