The cool thing about homeschooling in NY is that once you have completed what you said you would complete, there is such a feeling of freedom! We finished our science curriculum for the year about a month ago. If I were in Alabama, I would move on to the next level. Not because I had to — just because that’s what I did. I finished one thing and moved on to the next. But I wasn’t in the mood to do the next thing. I wanted to take the extra time to just have fun! So we’ve been dabbling in a little nature study. 🙂 (and yes to my fellow Charlotte Mason homeschool moms, I should have been doing that all along — especially in Alabama!)
Last week we took a nature class at a local state park. The teacher was terrific. She did what I have ALWAYS wanted to be able to do. She just walked around the park with the kids for an hour and a half and talked about things she saw that were interesting and things they saw that were interesting. And because she’s a park ranger she knew what everything was! I don’t know about the kids (especially the tween and the teen who were a wee bit bored) but I thought it was great. We’re going to go to everything we can like that for the rest of the school year — because we can!!
Here are a few highlights:
Sophia shaking a cat tail.
The “why do we have to be here, I’d rather be playing video games” twins. 🙂 They may not admit it but they had fun, too — especially at the end.
The park ranger pointing out to the kids the little bits of green beginning to pop through the ground. That’s Novella in the pink and John Elijah in the green.
Some evergreen we crushed in our fingers (I forgot what it was; I’ll have to take notes next time!) smelled like lemon!
I think Novella had the best time. She loved that the park ranger was more than happy to answer any question she came up with.
Look! Spring is coming!
It’s always fun to play with a big stick. 😉
It’s also fun to find a bigger stick.
And haul it out of the woods all by yourself.
The park ranger told us at the beginning to look for anything green as it was 2 days before St. Patrick’s Day plus near the first day of Spring. Sophia said, “Look Mommy. I found green on my hand.” I think maybe that is marker. 🙂
Animal tracks by the tree nursery. We can all totally recognize deer tracks now. We should have learned that from Aunt Duanie years ago!
Lichen on a tree.
I believe these were the pussy willows. So cool. I’ve heard of them all my life but never knew exactly what they were.
The kids’ favorite part — playing on the huge piles of dirt next to the golf course.
All in all, it was a great day. We can’t wait to do it again!