No, I'm not planning on turning into a homeschool blog...but we are homeschooling now,
and since it takes up such a big part of our life it's bound to show up in a post or two.
If you follow me on instagram, you know that our transition to schooling at home has been a Trial.
I have been grasping for anything - anything - that will foster some return of enthusiasm and joy for learning.
My oldest, in particular, loves all things outdoors. So I hunted down the idea of weekly Nature Hour sessions, where we venture outdoors to listen and observe. We each have sketch journals, and at the end of our hikes/walks, discoveries, and quiet time, we draw and make notes together.
Our Nature Hour classes have been the most enjoyable,
most successful, times of learning.
It's encouraging! On our latest one, I decided to take my camera and get some practice in.
No project posts means I have barely taken any photos, but I'm trying to change that ; )
For kicks, I thought I'd share our Nature Hour captures here on the blog.
We went to our local Community Garden, which has a walking path through a wooded area.
We live in Georgia, so even though it's December, we were able to enjoy a warmish day outdoors,
and discovered all kinds of incredible bits of nature both on the path and in the gardens plots.
What we're using for Nature Hour:
The home of Outdoor Hour Challenges and Nature Study for Homeschoolers
(5x) Looking & Thinking by Analogy
This whole approach blows my mind and I can.not.wait to delve deeper into how to guide my boys into
seeing and thinking by analogy. We took our Loupes with us (as you can see in some photos above)
and they were mesmerized and excited by the things they saw. I'm itching to build a specimens collection!
We only have books 2, 3, and 6, but I would love to have the whole collection someday!
Also - 1+1+1=1 has printables to go with these books. That woman is amazeballs.
We were studying fir trees and now I'm attempting to seque into this
by Shining Dawn Books.
Yup. That's that! You can catch snippets of our homeschooling
in my instagram feed under that hashtag #cihomeschool.
Hope you enjoyed the photos : )