Strewing is a word that is common in the homeschooling world. In essence, it’s a parenting or educational strategy that is used to spark curiosity in children and help them learn.
Before we dive to far, let’s define strewing. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word strew means “to spread by scattering.”
What Is Strewing?
In the homeschooling world, strewing refers to setting things out for your children to discover. The goal is to spark curiosity and engage the child.
Strewing 101: Podcast Episode
Listen to this HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast Episode about strewing. You’ll get a good idea of what strewing is all about and how you can implement it in your own home.
Who Uses This Parenting Strategy?
While the term strewing is a strategy that unschoolers often refer to, really it is a strategy that every parent and educator can use.
In addition, strewing isn’t just for little kids. Parents of teens can strew things about the house to engage older kids too.
Video: Strewing Is a Game-Changer! Engage Your Kids In Creative, Deep, Educational Play
Why would you want to strew toys, books, games, blocks, and more about your house?
While your children may have access to all the games, books, and more, they’ll likely forget about them over time. When you leave these items out and about, then your children may start using them again.
Strewing can also spark curiosity around a subject area. You can use this as a springboard to learn new things.
Finally, parents can give themselves a break or get things done while the kids are entertaining themselves with their own adventures.
Video: Strewing Chat
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