Homeschooling in Nature’s Classroom

Published on: July 11, 2020

June started homeschooling her son during the COVID-19 crisis and shares a nature activity that she created to teach her son about colors and animals that live in a stream.

By Warunya (June) Soontorntae   

Sometimes we pay a lot of money so that our children can be happy. But sometimes happiness comes in a very simple form. What could be more important for happiness than the people we are with, the place we are at, and the value of time? 

We have a little story about our small family as we homeschool our son Gandhi, who recently turned three. Our six pillars of learning as we raise him are:

  1. Nature
  2. Arts, music, theatre and stories
  3. Social studies and humanities
  4. Language and sciences
  5. Activities and sports
  6. Adapting to survive under ever-changing circumstances

We couldn’t take our son out of Bangkok during the COVID-19 crisis, but recently we went camping to escape the stress and worries of current events and social media and news that make the world a horrifying place to live.

Monday and Tuesday are our days off. Part of our plan is to go upcountry every week to spend quality time together and to open up a classroom for our son. On this occasion, we studied the colors and animals that live in the stream.

The principle is very simple. Gandhi learns from the things that are actually around him. When we adjust the environment around our children, their imagination and creativity will open up. All of their five senses get activated once they are close to nature.

Materials You Will Need

  1. Colors
  2. Brushes
  3. Cardboard egg cartons
  4. Materials from nature (anything that is within reach)

This is all we need to create activities with our children in the environment we are in.

And about adapting to the ever-changing conditions of life? This time we learned how to make a campfire and how to prepare simple meals together.

Children today have to learn how to protect themselves from viruses and the circumstances of the world. It is important to prepare yourself to be ready for whatever may come.

These two days and one night were a very simple trip for happiness. There was no playing on the phone because there was no network connection. There was no electricity so we had time to spend with our loved ones.  


Location: Ton Nam Homestay Suanphueng (in Ratchaburi, 3 hours drive from Bangkok) Costs for this trip:

  • Camping Space –  100 baht
  • Food – 500 baht
  • Gasoline 800 – 1000 baht 

A trip like this is suitable for families who would like to go on a low-cost holiday.  

Photo courtesy of the author.  

About the Author

June graduated with a BA in Performing Arts from Bangkok University. She is founder of MasterClass Studio, a performing arts school and creative learning space, and the CEO of Little Big House. June is an actress, acting teacher, director, and creative drama and theatre for development worker. Her husband Robin Schroeter (Co-Founder MasterClass Studio) and June have a 3-year-old son. Follow her work on Facebook: “MasterClass Studio” and “Gandhi’s Story.”

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