A child’s job is to play. This is where they learn all the necessary skills they need before going to school and for their future life.
They can learn early math skills from playing with blocks or counting seeds as they help in the garden. Science skills are explored while they experiment with water and dirt to create the perfect consistency of mud or while watching their plants grow. They increase their literacy skills while looking at books or being read to. They gain language and social skills while interacting with other children (or adults).
When children are raised in a homesteading lifestyle they learn a lot more about life than those who are not. From a very young age they learn about the circle of life and how the food we eat is a part of that. They learn how what we do to our land affects what we get from it. When exposed to nature early you will see that they have a natural love and sense of curiosity to learn and explore the natural world.
It is becoming more and more widely known that children who spend more time outside and happier, less anxious, and have a better attention span than those who spend more time indoors. Spending time in nature children are often exposed to less structure (compared to indoor activities) and they are able to choose how they interact with their environment. This helps to build their confidence while encouraging their creativity and imagination.
There is so much that can be learned when we take our children outside, take a step back, and just let our children be.