Most of our nature study walks are spent looking for birds or insects….. today's was a bit more hair raising as we went on a quest – in the rivers surrounding our resort – to find hippo and Crocs🐊. So glad we had an experienced guide with us! 😊 #homeschooling #homeschool #worldschooling #worldschool #roadschool #charlottemason #naturestudy #naturewalk
So often we chase the big things in life and miss all the little wide-eyed-wonders. Today amidst the rhino and elephant we felt more privileged to spot a pearl spotted owl, a colony of bats and these beautiful Impala Lilies, than we did for seeing any of the big 5. #chasingthebeauty #wideeyedwonder #krugernationalpark #safari #owl #southafricaourland #homeschooling #homeschool #worldschool #worldschooling #roadschool
Drought ridden, desolate our precious land lies and yet it still speaks. Today it whispered deep truths to the soul. How the stark is that silhouette that still breaths – below it's apparent death – holds tight to its limbs tiny bronchioles just as the lung does. However those forever void of life are nothing more than empty limbs. Are we today still alive, reaching, breathing life to provide nourishment to the souls around? Or are we dropping our tendrils that feed the nations and in our self absorbed states dying within? #krugernationalpark #southafricaourland #truth #beautifulworld #safari #poetry #ilovetowrite #drought
Exploring our beautiful land’s geology left us all in wonder at the grandeur of it all. Clambering up wave lapped hilltops and playing in beach sand upon a mountain top were but a few of the “wow” moments we encountered today. #southafricatourism #explore #naturestudy #reallifelearning #homeschooling #homeschool #roadschooling #worldschooling #ourgodissogreat #creationist #familyadventures
We just spent a week in the drakensberg but we didn’t get around to buying all the kids raincoats. We could have let that stop us from enjoying our walks in the mountains on rainy days BUT we didn’t. That was simply because we took some black plastic bags with us. We cut a small hole in the bottom as a head hole and a hole at each bottom corner or arm holes. We needed to tie it up a bit but it kept most of their bodies dry. (Just remember to throw the bag away afterwards as you don’t want you little ones playing with it when you not around.) We found so many exciting creatures that we would have missed if we had let the rain keep us at bay!
With spring upon us we have had a wonderful time outdoors. Our pre-schoolers have stood in awe of all the amazing mysteries happening around them. As we’ve played outside we’ve been drawn towards the new flowers budding or the tiny leaves poking through the dry earth. Leaves of all shapes and sizes are bursting off our trees and insects galore have taken up residence in our garden. Finding time to stop and look at all these amazing miracles not only leaves them with a sense of wonder and awe that will be carried into their adult lives it also helps develop a host of other skills.
By looking at these tiny developments and bursting of nature they develop an eye for detail, their visual discrimination and visual figure ground and visual constancy skills are honed. As you compare different flowers and leaves they will be developing their sorting skills. They will begin to notice different patterns and similarities and differences on the various objects. Notice how all the caterpillars walk differently and how one bird runs along the ground whilst another hops. Take some time these next few days to just enjoy being outside with your child and they will be developing a host of preschool skills that you are not even aware of!
Take time to stop and look at the little things in life. These include flowers, bugs, stones and leaves. By learning to stop and notice what is around us we learn a host of skills including the development of the habit of attention, observation and detail. Take a few minutes out of each day to “stop and stare.”