Children: A Gift from the Lord

We cannot do better for our children than to commit them to the Lord Jesus, to be wrought upon, and prayed for, by him.

Matthew Henry

At a birthday party one warm Saturday afternoon several weeks ago, my youngest son, just 2 years old, managed to fall into a pool.

I had forgotten that it was to be a pool party, so we had arrived without swimsuits or flotation devices of any kind.  I watched Shortstop like a hawk for an hour, and when he was occupied with the other kids, playing games on the grass, I stepped away for a few minutes to make a quick phone call to my husband to let him know where we were.

All of a sudden, one of the moms at the party came running up to me telling me that my baby was drowning.  I started running and saw them lifting a blue, lifeless baby out of the pool.  I discovered later that the young brother of the birthday girl had seen Shortstop and called out, and his fourteen-year old cousin had quickly pulled my little son out and saved his life.

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By the time I arrived at my son’s side, he had vomited and was awake and crying.  I held him until the paramedics arrived and checked him out all over.  They noticed that his color was off- he was a dusky gray, though, rather than blue, thankfully.  They also noticed that while he was responsive and breathing on his own, he was quite lethargic.  Not at all what my active, energetic, mischievous little two-year-old should be.  They told me they would be taking him to the hospital because of the possibility of secondary drowning, where inhaled liquid can act as an irritant in the lungs, causing a serious condition or death.

The paramedics took us in the ambulance to the closest hospital and when we arrived there were many medical people surrounding us.  They hooked my baby up to monitors, examined his throat and body, rolled an X-ray machine into the room and took X-rays of his lungs, took his blood and did all sorts of things.

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After about an hour, Shortstop perked up.  He started telling me the colors of everything in the room and babbling sweet and silly nonsense and generally becoming more like himself.  My husband had managed to track us down and arrived in time to here Shortstop tell me some silly knock-knock jokes.  “Knock-knock, who’s there? Orange. Orange who?  Orange  gla….sses.”

The doctor came in at some point and told me that there was no fluid in his lungs, his initial blood test had shown that he had experienced a stressful, traumatic event, but his second blood test was totally normal.  He had had a close call, but he expected my little son to be just fine.  I was very overwhelmed with gratitude and relief.

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We were then transferred to Kaiser Hospital to be kept under observation for the night.  He slept well and was very cheerful, charming all of the nurses the next morning.  The doctor told me, as she released us, that she expected that he would be just fine.

And he is.

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I spent the next day staring into space and crying.  Crying and praying grateful praises to my God and Savior.  Thank you, Lord, that you were watching over my child when I wasn’t.

Now, in hindsight, there are so many things I would do differently.  But still, it struck me that next day how thankful I am that my children are not really my own.

These precious children I carried to term, birthed, nursed, rock, kiss, hug, teach, play and pray with, do not actually belong to me.  They are a gift from God.  I am his steward, his representative, and to a certain extent, I am responsible to care for them, protect them, train them, and raise them according to his standards.  Because in the end, God is the one who is truly and ultimately responsible for them.

There will be so many times in my life when I cannot watch them, cannot be with them, cannot hover over them and protect them from every evil and danger they will face.  It is so good to know that there is a God who is everywhere and all-powerful who loves them and watches over them.

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I’ve noticed that it is so incredibly easy to fall into the trap of parenting out of fear.  There are thousands of articles that try to persuade you to do things their way because if you don’t, dire consequences will follow.

If you spank your child, you are giving them brain damage, and they will turn out resentful, violent, and probably criminals.  If you don’t spank your child, you are a permissive parent and your children will not understand consequences, but will grow up self-centered, irresponsible and probably criminals.   Let them cry it out, or they will learn to manipulate you.  Don’t ever let them cry it out, or they will turn out hating you.  There are endless debates on how to feed them, educate them, how to let them play, how to provide for them.  Should you stay home or work? How much screen time?  How do you celebrate the holidays? Sometimes I feel terrible weight in every choice: what books to read to them, what curriculum to buy, how much outdoor time to require, how many outings and events to schedule.

And then the more articles I read, the more stress I feel.  Truly the author of Ecclesiastes knew what he was talking about: “For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” (1:18)

There’s just so much pressure for parents.  These children who have been entrusted to us are so important and we want to get it right.  We don’t have another chance!

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But there is no peace and no joy in parenting and making rules and choices for our children out of fear.  We are doing no good to our children in letting fear and stress guide us, drive us, enslave us.

The choices we make in fear suffocate and damage.  And fear not only damages our children and our relationships with them, but also our own bodies and spirits.  Stress kills.

Furthermore, children are amazing copiers.  If we let fear rule us, they will pick up on that and let fear rule them too.  We want better for our children and we want better for ourselves.  God wants better for us..

What can we do instead?

1.  Pray.  Pray for them, pray for our decisions, pray for ourselves, pray for the world, pray for our communities, pray for the church.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

Cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you.  I Peter 5:8

We should pray about the big things in our lives and in the world, but we can also pray about the little things.  The other day, I was stressing out- much more than was warranted- about which Language Arts curriculum to use next year.  I was really struggling with feeling anxious about it until I realized what I was doing.  I lifted the matter to the Lord and asked him to give me wisdom at the right time.  Then in the meantime, I committed to stop worrying about it and also stop thinking about it altogether.

What do you know?  The very next day, I was at the park with a number of other homeschool moms and a particular mom had some experience with one of my choices and was able to give me some very valuable information and advice.  Not all of my prayers are answered so quickly, but He always answers.

2.  Love.  We need to remember that these little persons we are raising actually belong to God.  We need to make wise choices.   We need to raise them according to who God created them to be and not try to force them to be someone they are not.  We need to develop loving, trusting relationships with our children and treat them with dignity and respect.

In Titus 2, older women are told to mentor the younger women.  They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children…”

(For example:  Out of love and because of wisdom, I need to keep doing swim lessons, using flotation devices, and not letting my non-swimming children near the pool without someone specifically tasked to watch them!)

The key is that we must not make these decisions out of fear, but out of love and faith.  Perhaps the choices we make will be the same, either way.  But the difference lies in the heart.  Our hearts will be at peace.

3.  Trust.   In the end, we must trust God with the results.  We trust God when we triumph.  We trust God when we fail.  We trust Him because He is Love.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  I Timothy 1:7

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Walking among the Autumn Trees

Everywhere I look, I see trees dressed in vivid hues of red, orange, and yellow.  Even when it gets hot during the day, the mornings are crisp and the evenings are cool.  Autumn has arrived and it is beautiful.

This month’s Outdoor Hour Challenge Grid contained all sorts of fun activities for exploring fall trees.  We’ve been taking walks around our block, seeing all the colors of autumn and enjoying the fresh air.

Fall Trees in our Neighborhood

Fall Trees in our Neighborhood

We spotted a colorful tree in our neighborhood and learned the name of it: The California Sycamore.  We smelled some bark and found leaves that were bigger than our palms.

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We looked for birds in trees, but we only spotted some California Towhees on the ground.  We’ll keep looking!

California Towhee

We picked some apples off of our apple tree to examine and eat.  They used to be green but they have ripened into a golden color, so we wonder if they are perhaps Golden Delicious apples.  They were indeed delicious when we ate them.

Apples!

Apples!

We pressed and traced some leaves and my daughter and I used watercolor pencils to draw our California Sycamore trees in our nature journals.

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A Day in the Life

Now that we are in our 11th week of school this year, I finally feel like I’m getting into a rhythm.  I’d like to invite you to walk with us today and see how a day goes at Terrace Hill Academy.

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About 7:15-  Breakfast & Bible.  We reviewed Awana verses and since we took a little extra time with this, we didn’t get to singing the hymn we are currently learning: Victory in Jesus.  Then we read our Bible story about God providing manna to the Israelites in the desert.  We had a great conversation about how manna, God’s heavenly bread, was a picture of Jesus, the Bread of Life from Heaven.

About 7:50- The kids did their morning lists (make bed, get dressed, put away clothes, brush hair and teeth).

About 8:20- Phonics.  We started a new word wall and read Rain and What Makes a Rainbow.  It was such a timely phonics lesson, since it rained this very morning.  One might even think it was deliberate based on the weather forecast.

Manna from Heaven with Betty Luken's flannelgraph; Our new word board

Manna from Heaven with Betty Luken’s flannelgraph; Our new word board

About 8:50- Turned on a LeapFrog for the younger boys (thank you, Netflix streaming!) while I did history and handwriting with the older two.  I read the chapters in our book, Story of the Ancient World, about the death Joshua and the first few Judges.  X-man and Princess K illustrated what I read to them and they narrated the stories back to me.  In handwriting, they learned the cursive g and had to give me 6 perfect g’s.

Narrations done on notebooking pages (thank you Notebookingpages.com!)

Narrations done on notebooking pages (thank you Notebookingpages.com!)

About 9:45- We took a post-rain puddle-splashing nature walk.  It was great fun!  They jumped in puddles, explored what the world looks like after rain (we don’t get to see that much in California these days), found sticks and stems to make instruments for a band, gave me an impromptu performance, and enjoyed the smell of rain that hung heavily in the air.

Puddle Splashing

Puddle Splashing

Exploring

Exploring

X-man found a branch with leaves that he felt should be held over a marching queen or princess.  Princess K happily played the part of the princess and even handed him her purse to carry as he shaded her from the (non-existant) sun.  He walked behind her carefully and respectfully until she accidently got a stick in the eye and the princess decided she’d had enough shade.  He then used the branch as a broom and swept the leaves off the ground ahead of us.  We appreciated his efforts.

I am always amazed at how many things the kids can think to do with such simple items from nature.

Princess K with her servant X-man

Princess K with her servant X-man

About 10:45- We came home and decided to have a late snack of hot chocolate and English muffins.  With snack, we first practiced our Spanish series (from Cherrydale Press’s Speaking Spanish curriculum) and then read the next chapter in Charlotte’s Web.  We were especially excited about this book today because we found a web on our walk this morning, covered with raindrops and looking amazing.

Spider web covered with raindrops

Spider web covered with raindrops

About 11:15- Math time.  I do 15-20 minutes of math with one student while the other plays with the younger boys and then the older two swap places.  This system has been working out very well for us this year so far.

Today we had a real breakthrough day with the princess that left us both smiling huge and then the lesson for X-man was a game to practice skip-counting.  He liked the game so much that when I took it away so as to keep it nice (and not lose all the cards), he acquired some index cards and a pen and made his own version.  This turned out to be great practice and reinforcement and since it was his own idea, it was that much more meaningful and motivating.

Math time

Math time

About 11:45- The kids had some free time while I did some chores and made lunch.  We had a later lunch today, since we had a later snack.

About 1:00- Lunch & science reading.  We are doing Apologia’s Flying Creatures book this semester, and today we started reading about migration.  We discussed the chapter afterwards and talked about the time when Daddy had found a couple of birds in our house and had to chase them out.

About 1:30- School is done for the day!

The kids went outside while I worked on some things I needed to get done.  They dug in the rocks and found all sorts of things, including a little centipede.  They were so excited and a bit creeped out by it.  Princess K wanted to know its name (soil centipede) and Z-urchin had observed it closely enough to explain it very fully to his father at dinner time.

Silly & Sweet kids

Silly & Sweet kids

I didn’t do any dishes today, but I talked with my kids about Jesus and I walked with my kids and found a spider web filled with raindrops, a few totally awesome things about this day.  I’m thankful.

My intended schedule goes like this:

7:00 Kids do their morning list

7:15 Breakfast & Bible

7:45 Morning Chores

8:15 Phonics

8:45 Leapfrog/History & Handwriting

9:20 Quick break while I prepare snack

9:30 Snack & Read-aloud

9:45 Preschool Hour

11:00 Math

11:30 Break

12:30 Lunch & Science

1:30 Reading (a picture book for my younger ones, practice easy-readers 10 minutes each with my older ones)

2:00 One last project or book for school/Naptime for Shortstop

2:30 Free time

That’s the goal, but it hardly ever goes that way.  I’d like to start using a timer to help me make sure I’m keeping to my intentions to have short lessons.

Though really, so often I’m interrupted by the loud toddler, the really good questions that I have to take the time to discuss, or the sounds coming from the other room that mean my almost four-year old might be destroying something.  Again.

But these interruptions are what the homeschooling life is all about.  Love. Family. Curiosity. Deep discussions about God. Learning to let go of my own agenda and follow God’s leading.

It helps that this little weapon of mass destruction is so cute.

It helps that this little weapon of mass destruction is so cute.

So there it is.  A day in the life of me.  Me and my four little learners.

Studying Egypt

Pyramids.  Mummies.  Heiroglyphics.  The Nile.  Ancient Egypt is a fascinating era to study.

The kids and I have been going through Guerber’s Ancient World from Nothing New Press for our history this year.  We have just finished our studies of Egypt.

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We read a lot of great books:

Story of the Ancient World by H.A. Guerber and Christine Miller

The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World- like a museum in book form.  We loved looking at the pictures.

Shipwrecked Sailor by Tamara Bower- this was an interesting tale about a man who sailed on the Nile River and found a legendary island

Tutankhamen’s Gift by Robert Sabuda- we loved the briliant Egyptian pictures in this book about the young boy-king

Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki- interesting, albeit somewhat disgustng information about how mummies were made

Pyramid by David Macaulay- we really enjoyed this story of a Pharoah who began building his pyramid when we just started his reign, the pictures of the pyramid building process were fascinating

Croco’nile by Roy Gerrard- this was an endearing tale of two children and their pet crocodile

Moses in the Bulrushes by Warwick Hutton- whimsical watercolors help tell this simple story of Moses’s infancy

Exodus by Brian Wildsmith- vibrant illustrations help tell about this significant event from the Old Testament

Notebook pages from some of our readings- notice the broken skeletons from the burial chamber under the pyramid... apparently someone broke into this tomb and messed with the mummies!

Notebook pages from some of our readings- notice the broken skeletons from the burial chamber under the pyramid… apparently someone broke into this tomb and messed with the mummies!

 

We did a couple of fun activities:

1.  Apple Mummies:  http://www.sciencekidsathome.com/science_experiments/mummy_experiment.html

We found the apple mummification experiment fascinating.  Well, my husband and I were fascinated.  The kids were mildly interested and a little bit grossed out.

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Egypt

2.  Visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, CA

I took my older two to visit this museum that has thousands of artifacts from ancient Egypt.  It was amazing.  We really enjoyed seeing things we’d studied and walking through a replica of a rock cut tomb.  And we saw some real mummies!  Wow!

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The atmosphere and appearance was so very Egyptian

The atmosphere and appearance was so very Egyptian

We were fascinated by seeing things we had studied

We were fascinated by seeing things we had studied

Princess K especially loved the jewelry, I was especially fascinated by the mummies

Princess K especially loved the jewelry, X-man liked the golden man, and I was especially fascinated by the mummies and the replica of Queen Nefertiti’s Bust

Our two favorite things: the hidden clues our special light we were given uncovered and the replica of the tomb we walked through

Our two favorite things: the hidden clues uncovered by the special light we were given at the beginning and the replica of the tomb we walked through

I wanted to do a whole lot more activities: hiding broken pottery in the sand and have the kids play archeologists, making Egyptian jewelry or face masks, making papyrus, and creating cartouches.  But we didn’t.  Next time we study Egypt, I’ll have to pull out these ideas and see what I can do with them.

 

Nature Study: Going on a Feather Hunt

We’ve been studying birds lately.  For science for the first half of the year, we are going through Apologia’s Elementary Science book: Exploring Creation with Flying Creatures.  We needed some feathers to examine closely, so we took a nature walk with the goal of finding some feathers.

OHC Going on a Feather Hunt

When the kids saw all the rocks at the beginning of the trail, they decided that they were Rockhopper Penguins (birds we’ve learned a little bit about in the course of our bird study) and so they hopped on rocks and had a good time.  It is important for peaceful (relatively speaking) nature walks for my kids to bounce and jump and run and wiggle some of their energy out, right at the beginning.

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Then we settled down into our nature walk and feather hunt.  The first feathers we found were attached to X-man’s very favorite birds: Dark-Eyed Juncos.  Dark-eyed Juncos were regular visitors to our backyard at our house in the South Bay Area, but we haven’t seen any of these sweet little birds since we moved last summer.  So we were all so excited to spot them hopping around in the grass by the path.  Princess K began to keep record of all the birds she saw (she was up to about 21 when we walked by a huge flock of crows and lost heart).  We had just read in our science book about using certain features, such as bright colors and tufted crests, to identify birds.  So we tried to keep our eyes sharp to see these features on the birds we found.  Way up high in a tree, we saw a bird with a crest.  I could not closely see the colors of the bird, but I know it had a black face and a crest.  So perhaps it was a Cedar Waxwing?

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By this time, we were near the water and a female Mallard Duck came swimming across the lake in our direction.  My children were enthralled by the sight and sat quietly for several minutes (this is like a minor miracle!) to watch the bird.  They did not want to scare her away.

Mallard duck swimming toward us

Mallard duck swimming toward us

Quietly observing the water bird

Quietly observing the water bird

They noticed that is seemed like she was searching for food.  She came quite near the children, perhaps hoping that they might share a snack with her.  Alas, they had no food to share and she swam on.  While the kids were quietly watching the duck, we heard an intriguing sound.  A faint tapping sound was emanating from a tree nearby.  I peered through the tangled branches and saw flashes of black and white feathers and a little red on the crown as the Nuttal Woodpecker tapped quietly away.  I was really excited.  Not only had we just read in Burgess Bird Books about woodpeckers, but although I have heard woodpeckers tapping from far away, I have never seen one up close and at work.  A new bird for my life list!

You can just barely see the bird through the branches

You can just barely see the bird through the branches

After the duck swam away, the children grew restless and we all decided to resume our nature walk and keep our eyes open, searching the ground for feathers.

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Looking up at the heights of the trees surrounding him

We were successful in our hunting endeavors and found four feathers to carry home with us to observe and study.  We noticed that they all looked a bit damaged in some way or another and recalled that we learned that birds molt because of the very fact that feathers get damaged and must be replaced or they cannot fly.  It is so exciting to see with our eyes and touch with our hands proof of the facts that we learn.

Feathers!

Then we had some more fun:  Z-urchin climbed a tree that was bent over the water (I really want to find out how that happened!  It’s crazy!) and I had quite a challenge on my hands keeping him from climbing out to the top (?) or end (?) of the tree.  But I really did not want to jump in the lake after him, so I was vigilant.  X-man made a fishing pole out of a stick, a long grass or reed, and a piece of a straw that he found.  Princess K collected things to put in her little fuzzy pink purse she brought along to keep feathers and other nature items in.  Shortstop watched everyone and tried (fairly unsuccessfully) to copy them all.

The Horizontal Tree

The Horizontal Tree

Goin' Fishin'

Goin’ Fishin’

Looking for things to put in her collection bag

Looking for things to put in her collection bag

We went home happy, having made fun new memories and being four feathers (and one bird for the life list!) richer.

 

Happier Homeschooling: Free Time

Sometimes you really need to close the books and build a tent that takes up your entire living room.

The tent takes up half the house

Along with teaching to your kids’ learning styles and incorporating nature study into your curriculum, one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is the free time your kids have at their disposal.

With the video games and television firmly turned off (usually, anyway), free time is an extremely important part of our daily schedule.  They are free to explore their interests, paint, do crafts, climb the apple tree, play with their toys in new creative ways, dress up and act like animals, create games, draw, get messy, make mud, and enjoy childhood.  Free time is a beautiful thing.

Climbing the Apple Tree

Climbing the Apple Tree

Painting Wilbur after reading a chapter from Charlotte's Web

Painting Wilbur after reading a chapter from Charlotte’s Web

Playing with Angry Birds Jenga- making his own creations to knock down

Playing with Star Wars Angry Birds Jenga- making his own creations to knock down

Time to be a Bunny Rabbit- complete with carrot!

Time to be a Bunny Rabbit- complete with carrot!

Working with the pebbles & creating a board game for the family to play (with extremely complex rules)

Working with the pebbles & creating a board game for the family to play (with extremely complex rules)

Making Mud

Making Mud

Free time is incredibly valuable in teaching the kids to take initiative, to begin and finish projects, and to cooperate with others as they practice these skills in this little microcosm alone or with their siblings.  It is time for self-directed sensory and hands on play and learning.  Protecting free time in our daily schedule is as important as making the time for reading and math instruction.  It is vital for a happy homeschool day, and for well-educated, well-rounded, independent kids.  And I get a little break too, which might be a factor in how carefully I guard this time.  It’s fun for all of us!

Happier Homeschooling: Take a Nature Walk

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We are in our 7th week of homeschooling for this school year.  We are beginning to settle into a routine (though I have to keep tweaking it to suit our needs with ever-changing preschoolers in the mix) and the newness and the excitement of the new school year is wearing off.  It takes discipline and internal fortitude to keep moving along with school.  Homeschooling is a delight and I’m thankful to be on this journey, but there is no denying that it is really hard work too.

So when our focus is fuzzy or our attention is wavering or tasks seem overwhelmingly arduous, we take a nature walk.  It is a breath of fresh air (literally and metaphorically) to get outside, feel the breeze and the sunshine, to see birds or squirrels or insects busy about their work, to watch the calm confidence of the trees as they stand stoically and generously offer shade, food, and shelter to other creatures.  It is cheering to see the bright and vividly colored flowers or leaves in the various seasons.  Taking a walk clears the mind, gives us new perspective, and provides renewed strength.

As a Charlotte Mason Method homeschooler (for the most part), nature walks are also part of our weekly routine.  She gives a few great guidelines for hours in the outdoors that we usually follow in our nature walks and studies.  Here are three steps we take in our nature studies:

1. Play and go crazy!  “Our wise mother, arrived, first sends the children to let off their spirits in a wild scamper.”  (Charlotte Mason, Original Homeschooling Series Volume 1, Part 2)  Then the kids get their energy out so they are ready to focus on the nature that is all around them.  My kids will play on playground structures or climb rocks or run and play tag.

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2.  Exploration Expedition.  “While wits are fresh and eyes are keen, she sends them off on an exploring expedition- who can see the most, and tell the most about yonder hillock or brook, hedge, or copse.  This is an exercise that delights children, and may be endlessly varied, carried on in the spirit of a game, and yet with the exactness and carefulness of a lesson.”  (Charlotte Mason, Original Homeschooling Series Volume 1, Part 2)   I actually usually trail behind them in their explorations (rather than send them), but they are given some sort of mission- often to find something that they find interesting.  It may be a tree, a leaf, a berry, a weed, a flower, a rock, an insect or an animal.  We may touch it and pick it up (if it is, say, a leaf or a weed) or we might take a picture.  I occasionally exclaim over a find of my own and share my delight with my children.

Exploration Expidition

Exploration Expedition

3.  Nature Journal.  When we get home, we discuss what they found and I leave it up to them to decide whether they will make a journal entry.  Often we will do some internet research to try to find the name of the tree or leaf or bird or insect and discover interesting facts about it.  “As soon as he is able to keep it himself, a nature-diary is a source of delight to a child.  Every day’s walk give him something to enter.” (Charlotte Mason, Original Homeschooling Series Volume 1, Part 2)  They also often narrate their nature walk adventures to daddy at the dinner table later.  I love to hear what they remember about our nature walks.  What they share gives me little glimpses and insights into their soul.

Nature walk incorporates all the learning styles, including Kinesthetic-Tactile Whole Body

Nature walk incorporates all the learning styles, including Kinesthetic-Tactile Whole Body

The great thing about nature study is that it is a great way to naturally encompass all of the learning styles and modalities, providing for the needs of all of your learners and also making these lessons very memorable.  Everywhere you look, there is so much to see (visual picture) and there may occasionally be signs to read (visual print).  There are bird calls, bubbling brooks and rustling leaves to listen to (auditory listening) and descriptions to share of wonderful sights and experiences (auditory verbal).  You can walk, jump, crawl, scamper, crouch, stretch, wade, and do all sorts of bodily movements (kinesthetic-tactile whole body) and there is rough bark to feel, sticky sap to touch, flowers to smell, dirt to dig, leaves to crunch, and grass to roll around in (kinesthetic-tactile hands on).  In keeping a nature journal, you may sketch and write what you found and learned (kinesthetic-tactile sketching and writing).

Nature walks provide ample opportunity for hands on learning

Nature walks provide ample opportunity for hands on learning

Charlotte Mason said, “Let them once get touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life.”  Truly, nature walks are a wonderful source of delight in our homeschool.

Nature study- and learning to listen and watch quietly- is an endless source of delight

Nature study- and learning to listen and watch quietly- is an endless source of delight