December 15, 2009

A nature walk in our ‘backyard’

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Setting :

  • bright and sunny morning at 9 a.m.
  • a small reservoir in our neighbour-hood park

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Sounds :

  • Birds chirping
  • Crickets and other critters
  • Cascading water

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Discoveries :
  • A baby brown lipped snail (its shell was only about 1 cm length)
  • Wild fungi
  • Bumblebee
  • Butterflies
  • Lots of large black ants, about 2cm in length (Crematogaster sp)
  • Wildflowers
  • A black crowned night heron (K’s description; ‘funny bird with long legs.’)

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Result :

  • An extremely observant and participative little one; busy looking under rocks, anticipating what he could discover under it.
  • Squealing with delight when he saw how the mimosa plant's leaves reacted when he touched it
  • A happy and energetic tot who was so willing to pose for photos
  • No mention of TV or any present super-hero obsession throughout the 1 and a half hour walk


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My initial worries were naught. I was worried that there will be little to see in the neighbour-hood park behind our house, and he might get bored and restless. But our nature experience proved how wrong I was.

“This is all play to the children, but the mother is doing invaluable work; she is training their powers of observation and expression, increasing their vocabulary and their range of ideas by giving them the name and the uses of an object at the right moment,--when they ask, 'What is it?' and 'What is it for?” - Charlotte Mason

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mamabliss said...

wow the photos are beautiful... and truly love this nature walk that you and K did... and am glad K enjoyed his nature walk and has learned to be so observant... cool!!!

CM is the way to go!

Rachel said...

Once we start learning to be really observant during our walks, it's really quite amazing how much beauty we can find in the simplest of nature. Indeed...CM is the way for home learning :)