City homeschooling is all about using the people and places in our lives to maximize our learning. As an example, earlier this week our biologist neighbor dropped off 17 snail shells from his lab for the kids to investigate. We seized this opportunity to go to the library and borrow some books on snails and shells. We were able to compare the snail shells to those that Grammy brought us from the Florida beaches. And we've found interesting ways to categorize the shells and use them for counting and grouping by size, shape, color, texture, etc. We can't wait for later this spring when our neighbor will bring us some hermit crabs from his lab!

Look for ways to use the people and places in your neighborhood to help enhance your kids' learning. There might be more opportunities than you may think!