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Strew to Learn | Five Days of Inspiration and Support For Strewing In Your Homeschool

strew to learn five days of inspiration and support for strewing in your homeschool

What is strewing and how can it help you homeschool? We strew to learn in our day to day and it has made all the difference. This is all about how strewing works and everything you need to get started.

I love to sleep in, snuggled deep into my covers, all cozy warm while the world gets started without me.

It’s a little piece of Heaven.

Two of my children are just like me in that regard, and for that, they’ll always be my favorites. Shhhhh… don’t tell the other two. ::wink::

The other two are the type of morning people night owls like me love to hate. They wake up talking. Ready to tackle the adventures of the day. And they want to drag non-morning people like me along with them, not understanding why we can’t form coherent sentences right off the bat.

And so I thought I was doomed to be a homeschool failure from the start.

But I wasn’t.

Strewing saved my mornings, and taught me that learning really does happen all the time.

Our homeschool has evolved over the years as I’ve gotten out of the way, and let my kids drive their own learning. I fill our home with fun and educational games, open-ended toys, amazing books, engaging documentaries, and give the kids rich experiences, and then watch what they get excited about and give them more of it.

I strew to inspire learning, creativity, and a love of exploration.

People ask all the time about the things I strew and how to do it because I share about it on Instagram and during my weekly Facebook Live chats.

And to answer them — and you! — I’m bringing you a quick and easy, no-fuss, chock-full of inspiration and ideas, five day series to encourage others to incorporate more strewing into the day.

Strew to Learn - Five Day Series of Support and Inspiration for Strewing Success

The Strew To Learn In Your Homeschool Series

I hope this series inspires you to enjoy your kids and their learning more and more. You have amazing kiddos with great ideas, and those kids know what they love when they find it. When we act as facilitators of learning, rather than impart-ers of knowledge, we give our kids ownership of their own learning, and we make it more fun for them. And, truthfully, more fun for us as well.

 

What You’ll Get

  • One email a day for five days focusing on the benefits and practice of strewing
  • My best tips and inspiration for using strewing to create a more delight-directed and child-led approach to your homeschool
  • Access to a growing library of subscriber-only resources, discounts, monthly giveaways, AND my favorite resources for strewing, gaming, reading, and learning
  • Support and encouragement via weekly newsletters and in a brand-new private Facebook Community for Raising Lifelong Learners (coming soon!) readers and listeners
  • And, for those of you following the series during its inaugural weeks (before February 9th, 2018), a chance to win a rock and gem collection to strew — curated just for you by my kiddos as an example of one of their favorite things for me to strew (details below)

How to Join: Strew to Learn | Five Days of Inspiration and Support

Strew to Learn - Five Day Series of Support and Inspiration for Strewing Success

Do you want to see strewing in action?

Be sure to follow Raising Lifelong Learners on social media because we share the things we’re doing to encourage a love of learning and cultivate creativity every day — and you’ll be the first to hear about new challenges, posts, and podcast episodes! Can’t wait to get to know you!

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Great Gifts for LEGO Lovers

great gifts for lego lovers

My kids love LEGO. My husband loves LEGO. Nearly anyone who walks into my home and spots a pile of LEGOs will walk over, without hesitation, and start building with them. LEGOs are universal – open-ended, creativity-building, STEM-encouraging, foot-gnashing fun for people of all ages. There is almost no limit to what can be made with LEGO! Because of their broad and consistent appeal, LEGO gifts are always a good bet for just about anyone on your list. Whether you’ve got a novice builder or a seasoned brickhead, wrapping up some buildable bricks is a surefire way to please.

Not all LEGO gifts are building sets, though. I’m sharing with you some great ideas for the LEGO lover in your life, items you may not have heard of, may not have thought of, but you’ll definitely be excited to buy! 

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LEGO-Themed Gifts

If the LEGO lover on your list has all of the sets imaginable – or just all of the ones that you can afford – consider some of these LEGO gifts that hint at play rather than rattle when you shake the box. More than just a minifigure display, though that’s always a great gift, too, these LEGO gifts can be used for a number of purposes beyond building! This rubber sport watch has the classic look of building blocks but the usefulness of telling time – which comes particularly in handy when trying to keep track of how much time is spent playing with LEGO! These Lego brick top gel pens are one of the coolest items I’ve found yet and will definitely be finding their way into a few stockings at my house. The brick mug is a classic gift for LEGO enthusiasts, whether they build over morning coffee or create a world around a giant water hole. A more recent addition to the LEGO line up, the LEGO DOTS desk organizer turns an ordinary office necessity into a fun building project! LEGO print socks are a wonderfully subtle way for people of all ages to express their love for building blocks, from cozying up on the couch to strolling into the boardroom. And no list would be complete without a family favorite of ours, the Brick Fairy Tales & Brick Myths box set, featuring comic book-style retellings of classic tales, using only LEGO! 

      

LEGO Building Gifts

Too often when someone is in search of LEGO gifts, they limit themselves to the yellow box with the white logo. Not all LEGO gifts have to come from the primary-colored aisle of the store, though – there are tons of brilliant LEGO gifts, building blocks, and more that can be found all over! CreativeQT, for example, has loads of fun and unique LEGO-compatible items that can surprise and delight. This brick-compatible letter board is a fun twist on the farmhouse letterboards that are so popular right now, and make a perfect message board for a dorm room, kids’ room, kitchen, or office. The StoryBricks brick letters are the perfect companion for the board, even including numbers and some punctuation. Something my kids will be absolutely thrilled about are these Pixel Bricks, actual one-by-one pieces that are usually so lacking in LEGO sets. They moan about what could be built if they had single bricks – or if they hadn’t lost the ones they had – and these are the perfect item to truly create anything! This play table and storage case is similar to the one we have, and it’s incredibly useful. Many parents would be thrilled to received this storage basket and play mat that not only keeps LEGO from plotting against their feet, but looks stylish when stored away. And what LEGO lovers room would be complete without a wall plate that they can build right on? Whether attached to a table, a wall, or even a ceiling, these plates make it possible to build anywhere! 

      

Unique LEGO Sets

Now it would be pretty impossible to have a list of LEGO gifts that didn’t include a few cool sets, right? My kids have built just about every Star Wars, Marvel, Architecture, and LEGO Friends set out there, so it gets difficult to find unique sets for them. This LEGO playable piano is a DIY build that actually results in a small, playable piano! The  LEGO calendar set gives function to the fun of building by creating something useful, while this brick art set creates an actual work of art – “Girl With a Pearl Earring”, to be exact. Another instance of utilizing what’s built is this LEGO chess set, the perfect crossover gift for enthusiasts of both! My oldest son adores the Architecture line, and this LEGO Architecture White House set is just one of many breath-taking buildings that he has built. For more flexibility, the LEGO maze is a set that can be changed up and enjoyed many times over, promising more than just a one-time build and plenty of smiles. 

      

LEGO is an institution, almost a pillar of childhood. The pieces age well and offer up the same possibilities as a blank page or an empty box. We can do almost anything with LEGO, so giving LEGO gifts is one of the safest ways to ensure that everyone is happy. You might even want to gift a subscription to Brick Swag! Enjoy this list, grab a few things for yourself, and let me know in the comments what your favorite LEGO set ever was!

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RLL #96: Finding Learning Opportunities with Dennis DeNoia

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Our quirky kids become happier and more willing learners when they are allowed to pursue their own interests beyond any academic requirements. Today, Colleen speaks with extraordinary math instructor and friend, Dennis DeNoia of Mr. D Math, about seeing learning opportunities in many different places and how giving his kids the freedom to pursue their interests has helped them be better learners.

RLL #96 Finding Learning Opportunities with Dennis DeNoia

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RLL #90: Cultivating Creative Writers with Celeste Davidson

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  Many of our brilliant and out-of-the-box quirky kids have vivid imaginations, and are true storytellers with the desire to create fantastic tales of their own. We can help these take shape by encouraging our kids to create their stories and by giving them the tools to be successful. In this episode, Colleen speaks with […]

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