During the years that I homeschooled, there was always a new book I read during the summer about homeschooling or about education or about learning styles. Attending homeschooling conferences was also enriching for me. Most of the homeschool conferences I attended had classes for the older kids as well.
We had or have games like The Whale Game, Star Hop, Space Hop, Around the World, Chronology, 10 Days in Europe, and many more. We no longer have the first four games I mentioned. I was learning as we played those games with the kids and I wish I still had them, especially Star Hop; it’s always cool knowing the name of a galaxy. I’m still learning with all of our geography games; I even have a world flags game because I like being able to identify them.
We might have taken the kids on field trips but those trips were for us as well. I loved the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I love the Oregon zoo. I absolutely love watching the moon jellies at the Newport Aquarium.
My youngest and I joined a quilt club together. Neither of us are much into quilting but we tried it out for 1-2 years. I have a large box of quilt blocks I want to finish. It’s on the bucket list. We’ll see. I also created a writer’s group for my youngest and a couple of more participants. It’s amazing what you learn and improve on when you teach.
For years now, I’ve been teaching a lot of enrichment classes for homeschoolers and I keep learning. The French I learned in high school is coming back to me. I’ve got a few ideas of places in the U.S. I’d like to visit, and few other places in other countries, too. Because of a literature class I taught, I’ve learned a few more details about Greek mythology and I’ve gained a lot about Egyptian and Norse myths (can you tell which books I was teaching from?). I can’t tell if I’m about to overload or if I’m having too much fun. I think learning how to learn is the best thing that happened to me during the homeschool years. I hope my children learned that as well.
And for me, not for a class or one of my children (I’m an empty nester now but I keep trying out new things), I’m trying out watercolors and acrylics by watching YouTube videos and reading art books. I’m also trying out paper illustration (paper cutting to create pictures in different levels) and Kirigami. I prep desserts that are naturally sweetened, no refined sugar at all and no synthetic sugars. And for the first time in years, I grew tomatoes that I’m able to harvest and eat!
Learn a little as you go. Enjoy.