As parents, caregivers, and educators, we all want to give our children the best possible start in life. But sometimes we forget that children are natural learners who are born with an innate curiosity and desire to explore the world around them. When we allow children to learn naturally, we create an environment where they can discover, create, and problem-solve on their own terms.
One of the best ways to encourage natural learning in children is by allowing them to have undirected free play as well as exposing them to the great outdoors. Nature provides an endless source of wonder and excitement, and it allows children to engage all their senses while learning about the world. Children who spend time outside also tend to be more active, healthier, and happier, which can have a positive impact on their overall development
Another way to promote natural learning is through backyard homesteading. Homesteading involves living a more self-sufficient lifestyle by growing your own food, raising animals, and/ or making your own products. Backyard homesteading is a simpler more contained version of homesteading. It can be started in a home of any size, including apartments. This lifestyle can be incredibly enriching for children, as they learn valuable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and resourcefulness. Homesteading also encourages children to develop a sense of responsibility, empathy, and respect for the environment.
On this site, we will explore the benefits of natural learning and homesteading for children, and provide tips and resources for parents and caregivers who want to incorporate these practices into their daily lives. I hope that by sharing my knowledge and experiences, I can inspire others to embrace natural learning and homesteading as a way of life for themselves and their children.