How wonderful it felt to be out and about, reveling in the fact that we’re NOT back to school today!
To celebrate, we went up to the common. The weather was perfect: sunny with a bit of a chill in the air. Perfect also, for starting on my plan to get out regularly to the common. With this in mind, I’ve just bought a new book by a fellow home educator: Exploring Nature with Children. It’s a year long curriculum that walks you through what’s going on, week by week, in nature. These days I shy away from anything with ‘curriculum’ on the front page but with this book I don’t feel like I’m being dragged along reluctantly, it’s so gentle and simple, I feel like I want to follow it. And I really need some encouragement to get outside and into nature. When we were growing up, my older sister called me a ‘City Slicker’ because I did not do ‘the outdoors’. She was right, I’ve always felt much more comfortable indoors, and inner-city.
So with this in mind, I decided that today was the day to get out to Wimbledon Common. Luckily, the girls were up for it too. This week’s topic was all about seeds. I wondered if I could risk a nonchalant ‘do you know…’ and strew some seed fact (the sausages have a ‘you’re-teaching-me-something’ super-sense) but as it happened, D brought seeds up when she saw how much heather was around and she wondered aloud how it had all got planted. So a little discussion on seeds followed!
D had a great time squelching about in all the boggy mud (must remember to bring newspaper for the car next time – I had to curtail the fun because I didn’t have anything to protect the car with!) and M loved picking samples to put in her pots for examining later.
They climbed trees, ran up hills, rolled down hills, got excited about a pile of rabbit poo and a whole heap of other discoveries.
When we got back, they both wanted to chop their findings with their little guillotine and examine them under the microscope.
Then D wanted to paint the little stone she had found, and M wanted to make a display of her findings.
After that, the girls settled down to watch My Little Pony and play on the iPad while I got on with some housework. All in all, a great day!