Springtime is all about getting out of the house. It's time to tune up bicycles, dust off picnic baskets, rummage around for sun lotion, and head out the door. Finally! A picnic in the park under the blossoming trees feels like heaven.
But the more we get our kids out of the house, the more we notice just how much they love being at home. This becomes especially pronounced once our little ones start preschool and then kindergarten. Parents worry that home is boring, but kids often relish time at home with nothing much to do. They are interested in household tasks and they like to cook. They love having friends over, and showing off their toys and treasures. Seen through a child's eyes, the small joys of home life (the ones that adults often take for granted) are magnified.
The comfort and connection of being home after challenging days at school and the excitement of various outings is certainly a big part of children's home-centeredness. But we think there's more to it than that. Constant students of life that they are, young kids have also figured out that there is a lot for them to learn just by hanging out around the house.
During the next two weeks, Being Savvy will be taking an educational tour of our very own homes from a preschooler's point of view. We'll be exploring all of the fun and edifying things there are to do with the little ones at home. From the kitchen to the backyard, the bathroom to your child's very own room, there is so much to do and discover with our kids right here at home!
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