Strewing

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The first time I heard the word strewing I honestly thought it was a word made up by the homeschooling community. Turns out it’s been around for a long time. It comes from the Old English word “strewian” and literally means “to scatter”.  While researching this strewing idea, I found this word is most associated with unschooling. However, anyone can strew.

 

 THE APPLICATION

Strewing is a way of letting our children discover, create, and explore on their own. Our only role is strategically placing (strewing) items around the house for them to discover. Don’t bring these items to their attention. Don’t even mention them.

THE ITEMS

There’s no hard and fast rule to what items we strew around our homes. They don’t even have to be educational items.  After all playing and learning go hand in hand. Whatever you feel your children will take an interest in or if there is a certain subject you’re trying to get them interested in, this is what you want to strew. It doesn’t have to be a lot of items either. Remember, we are creating a learning environment.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED:

  • Strategically place some toys around your home where the children will be sure to see them. This is a real treat especially if the toys are always kept in their bedrooms. Before you know it those neglected toys that just lay around in their rooms might just become their favorite toys again.
  • Set out a board game. It never fails when I set Settlers of Catan out in the living room once it’s spotted the lid is off and the game has begun. Obviously, this is one of our favorite games along with Ticket to Ride.
  • Set a basket of coloring books and crayonscolored pencils, or markers out. My kids love the new adult coloring books. Also, word searches and crossword puzzle books are great items.
  • Set a puzzle on the kitchen table, open the lid and watch the kids be drawn to it. It’s hard to walk by a puzzle without trying to find a piece or two 🙂
  • Get a couple of those neglected books off the shelf, open one up, and lay it on the couch or end table. I like to get the oversized artist books from the library and set them on the piano open to an eye-catching painting.
  • Lay a deck of cards out on the coffee table. I remember spending hours playing solitaire when I was younger. I never mastered building a house of cards though.
  • Legos are a fun item to strew. We get lost in what we kindly call the black hole of time building Legos. Our library has a ton of Lego books. These are great when the kids just aren’t sure what to build.
  • When the kids were younger I would set out the basket of playdough and a selection of dishes and utensils. They would spend hours at their little table. This is also an opportunity to put in a DVD, educational or not (your choice of course).
  • We have a whiteboard hanging in our living room. It used to have the cleaning schedule and other information on it. Now, before I go to work I will simply put a math problem or a question to spark curiosity up there. My son also loves to work his math problems out on the board even though his math program is on the computer.

The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner & eCourse helps you set up a flexible system that works for you!Yes, this does mean that your home might not be the neatest house on your block. But honestly are we trying to get pictures of our homes into the Better Homes and Gardens magazine or are we fostering a living education for our children. Priorities people 🙂

And strewing doesn’t even have to be confined to the indoors. Take it outside. Especially now that the weather is getting nicer. Let your imagination take over!

Please remember to be patient, some days this will go over really well and some days they won’t touch anything that you have strewn. And that’s ok!

What items do you strew in your home? Share your ideas in the comments.

Much Love & Many Blessings!!

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