Community, Education, Environment

CNY Children Are Bringing Books Outside

Outdoor Life Learners Program engages and teaches home schooled children through activities involving nature. (c) 2017 Mye Owens

By Mye Owens MARIETTA, N.Y. (NCC News) – The number of kids who are home schooled has increased by over 2,000. While the image of children sitting at home being taught by their parents may come to mind for some when they hear the words home schooled, for others, nature comes to mind.

Parents may have an easy time teaching young kids Math and English, Science can be harder to teach from the home.

The Outdoor Life Learners Program encourages children to play, experience nature, problem solve, and learn through different activities involving nature.

The program was created by four moms, who work together and believe the following about children:

  1. Should have the opportunity to learn in a way that best suits them
  2. Should be allowed to learn at their own pace
  3. They learn the most when exposed to sunshine, fresh air, and dirt
  4. Play is at the foundation of children learning
  5. Free play helps children to live a successful, productive life
  6. Play helps children to learn “academic skills”

For one parent, this program was a much needed change.

“When I took him out of traditional schooling, he blossomed. He grew into this kid that has incredible compassion, and balance, and skills, and its simply just from having the chance to move. Get his body to move,” said Lori Harper.

Lori’s son used to attend public school, but after repeatedly being told to sit and be quiet for hours at a time Harper . Along with being a co-founder of the Outdoor Life Learners, Harper home schools her child.

The program is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for children ages 3 to 16.