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Technically, we have been taking a break from homeschooling this summer, or at least the kiddos think so. I on the other hand have been sneaking in as much learning as possible without them knowing. And let me tell you, it's going very well.
Last week we went camping. We'd practiced camping in our living room and in grandparents' backyards over the past year. But this was the real deal, at a local state park camp site. Our camping experience provided so many practical life learning opportunities. I just couldn't resist sharing
How to Set Up a Tent
Jason has always been the one to set up our tent when we've practiced camping. This time the kiddos wanted to help. Before leaving we watched a youtube video about how to set up our specific tent and then practiced the steps using a sequencing activity.
Both preparation activities were part of an amazing therapy camp activity pack for children with autism from And Next Comes L.
Once we arrived at camp, the kiddos took turns helping Jason and knew exactly what to do.hammering in the stakes. Little did they know how challenging this would be with such dry ground.
This didn't stop them from trying though. I love how Bulldozer sticks his tongue out when he's concentrating.
Building a Firematch.
Cooking Over a Campfire
Making S'moresAnd Next Comes L. (I can't recommend this enough!) While at camp, everyone had their chance to make their own S'more from beginning to end, with close adult supervision.
What better way to practice washing dishes then outside while camping! Dinomite, who usually despises the chore of washing dishes, asked to help every day. Sunshine was his side kick each and every time, rinsing each dish before being dried.
Hanging Clothes to Dry on a Clotheslineclothesline. They became quite proficient at it! Such a great practical life skill to learn.
Changing Batteries in a Flashlightflashlight. It's best that you know how when the time comes while camping! The boys did well with this.
Zipping and Unzipping a Tent (or Sleeping Bag)
If there was one practical life skill that the kiddos practiced over and over and over while camping, it was zipping and unzipping. Whether it was the tent or their sleeping bags, they clocked in so much practice! The best part was that it was fun, because we were camping!
Practical life experiences can be incorporated into any vacation or adventure you decide to go on with your children. You just need to look for the opportunities and be willing to take the time to allow them to watch you, then teach them, and then help them practice and succeed.
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