Charlotte Mason · Homeschooling

Backyard Classroom


Spring has finally arrived in the Shenandoah Valley! We had temps up in the 80s this week, and of course the kids were loving it, and not so much loving their school books. So I decided to pep things up a bit by moving our “classroom” to the backyard. We spread blankets on the grass, and soaked up some sunshine while doing math and history. Now the kids are loving it!  I think I’ll continue this as long as the weather is warm enough.  Maybe it’s just what we need to push us to the finish line for this school year.


Even our cat was excited about being outside!!  He dashed up the tree just as I snapped this picture. 🙂

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Reading and narrating from the branches of our walnut tree.


Carmen took her button stringing activity outside, too.  Then she just had fun running around the yard barefoot and finding snails in the flowerbed.


So if your homeschool routine needs a pep talk, I’d encourage you to try taking it outdoors.  Your kids will love you for it!

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11 thoughts on “Backyard Classroom

  1. Thanks for checking out my blog. Your pictures brought back so many fun memories of schooling with my children in the yard, at the park, or the local farm. Thanks for sharing!

  2. We have been looking forward to moving school back outside, and the weather allowed it this week! We have school outside everyday when it warms up. It makes the students happier. It even makes the teacher happier!

  3. THAT is the backyard? WOW! I think my whole house could fit in the backyard alone! That is truly amazing and a total blessing. Definitely something to dream about… homes like that are rare in Cali. (sigh)

    1. We live on a farm, so part of what you’re seeing is the field adjoining our yard. But where yard stops and field begins isn’t necessarily a well-defined mark. 🙂 I am very thankful for so much space for the kids to romp around and explore. We love living here!

  4. One of the reasons I decided to homeschool is because we can “do school” outside as often as the weather permits. It looks like you guys had a good day!

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