Our son led the way over streams, across logs and over bridges. He was as happy as a lark showing his friends the way up the mountain. The children discovered snail shells, river rocks, mountain trout, mushrooms, and lovely golden leaves every where they turned.
Nature study is one of our favorite ways to Get Outside and Learn. It provides us with much needed fresh air, and room to run all while gaining knowledge and insight into the natural world. A nature study doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating. Here are 8 tips to help you make your homeschool nature study a fun and educational adventure!
Kayaking and Canoeing…. I’ve been wanting to have just such an adventure with the children all summer! We finally received our opportunity at Warrior’s Path State Park here in East Tennessee! We have a homeschool group that meets there every Thursday afternoon for a Ranger led excursion and talk about the local flora and fauna. This week one of the rangers was leading a kayaking and canoeing adventure on the lake!
What do you do when your children are full of energy and bouncing off the walls? If your children are anything like mine, then they are filled with a boundless energy and that can be hard to contain indoors. We like to make our way outside where there are no walls and you know what? It’s inevitable that we’ll learn a few things in the process.
This week on the farm, we harvested honey from our honey bee hives! That’s right, the delicious liquid gold flowed into quart after quart jar leaving us all with a slight sugar rush and feeling like a heat stroke was immanent. Why? Let’s just say you can’t press honey comb without heat and without getting the honey on your fingers.
This week started off with a bang as the small herd of large cattle we have broke through their fence and made it half way to town before we were notified by the sheriff! Oh, dear! We had to bring the big cows to the small pasture, closer to the house and take the baby cows to the pasture that holds the medium sized cows. We were planning on doing all of this anyway. We just thought it would be another week or two, ha! Our son went with the men and learned all about mending fences. Everything was going well and was mending up fine, until Uncle Johnny accidentally sent a tree through said fence. It was a cherry tree that was about to fall down anyway so Uncle Johnny tried to cut it down…but accidentally caused it to fall back on the fence.
Welcome to our week in review! We have been living on my sisters farm now for over a month and I think we are finally starting to find our rhythm! Farm life has so much to offer our children as they connect with nature and the animals all around them.
April 22nd is celebrated around the world as Earth Day. Many people plant trees, help clean up trash or even recycle. We found our Earth Day to be a soggy and wet day….but, that is part of living on this Earth…the weather! So, we donned our rain boots, raincoats and umbrellas and headed out into the rain to a nearby creek.
We made it to the river and watched a group of geese along the opposite bank. We even noticed raccoon prints in the sand!
Welcome to another week in the life of unschoolers, where we give you a glimpse into the adventures we had during the week. This also lets you see how we approach learning in our home which is eclectic/unschooly and child-led.